Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Golden Monkey King Tea is, without a doubt, fit for royalty. We indeed consider it a "King" of Black Teas. It consists of an attractively large and twisted Black leaf with a significant amount of golden 'tip'. Its liquor is deep and rich with a beautifully mellow and distinct caramel-esque flavour. When it comes to China Black Teas from the Yunnan province, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better brew. Like all of our Loose Teas, we pack it fresh to order.
Arguably best of all, there are health benefits to be had from frequently consuming this Tea. According to research, it can boost the metabolism of fat cells in the body. This can ultimately improve weight management by helping you to shed unwanted pounds. But that's not all it can do. Studies likewise suggest that it can improve cardiovascular health, enhance cognitive function and even reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
About The Yunnan Province
China's Yunnan Province boasts a vast wilderness and ancient settlements. Its tourist spots include Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang's Old Town. Most famous, however, is Yunnan Black Tea. This indeed includes our very own Golden Monkey King Tea. Before the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), Yunnan only produced Green Tea. This changed during the conflict when many southeastern Tea-growing provinces became warzones.
China needed to maintain its Black Tea industry, and Yunnan proved to be the answer. Its climatic and geographical conditions are similar to those of Assam, India. This made for excellent Black Tea production, as it continues to do so today. In fact, Golden Monkey King Tea is now one of the most popular beverages to originate from Yunnan, alongside Pu erh Tea.
About China Black Tea
Golden Monkey King Tea is just one of the hundreds of China Black Teas. Others include Pu erh Tea, Keemun Tea, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong. Lapsang Tea, in particular, is, according to legend, the first ever Black Tea created. This creation was the product of pure accident during the Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
The story goes that a group of farmers one day were set upon by bandits. The bandits demanded that the farmers hand over their Tea crop just as soon as they harvested it. In a desperate attempt to get their crop to the market before the bandits returned, the farmers dried the leaves over a pinewood fire.
This process, however, did more than dry the leaves. It also sped up their oxidation and gave them a distinct 'smoky' taste. Without knowing it at the time, the humble farmers had discovered a brand new Tea type: Black Tea.
Their accident turned into a tremendous success. Today, Black Tea is the most popular Tea type, accounting for 78% of global consumption. Our very own Golden Monkey King Tea is one such beverage leading the way.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: Yunnan province, Chinese Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey or lemon - the choice is yours. Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: Golden Monkey King Tea offers an indulgent chocolatey aroma. These notes transcend in flavour coupled with malty undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with orangey highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Golden Monkey King Tea
Did you know that Black Teas such as Golden Monkey King Tea can improve oral health? This is according to a collaborative study conducted in conjunction with the US University of Iowa and the Institute of Odontology at Göteborg University, Sweden.
Participants in the US division rinsed their mouth with Black Tea for 30 seconds, five times, waiting three minutes between each rinse. The Swedish division, meanwhile, saw volunteers rinse their mouth with Black Tea for one minute, ten times daily.
Both co-operating studies discovered that the more participants rinsed, the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell. The reason for this result is the polyphenolic compounds in Black Tea. These antioxidants can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing acid.