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Keemun Monkey King Spring Gold Black Tea

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Product code: 7836

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This is one of the rarest and finest of China's black teas, indeed the world's. It is a tea master produced, organically grown, long tender leaf variety from the Lion Mt. in Qi'Men with a light bodied, honey-sweet, chocolate malt infusion. It is a tea with a pronounced flavour yet with very little tannin and makes a good afternoon or early evening tea. It is made with the first golden down covered buds of spring, full of nutrition, picked before the Chinese Qing Ming festival. To put this wonderful tea's rarity into context it would make just 200,000 of the U.K's yearly consumption of 60,225,000,000 cups! Remember this is just the U.K, my calculator didn't have enough digits to work out the world's consumption! We can never get enough of this tea to last the year so try it while you can.

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This very rare tea is grown in the Qimen, or Keemun county of China's Anhui Province. It is grown on a variety of bush that in early spring sprouts long, tender golden buds. It is one of China's famous 'Gongfu' teas, which means made with great skill. This almost ritualistic process is believed to impart 'strong fire' or the 'enlivening vigour of spring' to the tea and is only done with teas that will contain great spirit. This is why it is made with the first golden down covered buds of spring, full of nutrition, picked before the Chinese Qing Ming festival. It is a remarkably labour intensive process that can be carried out only by a tea master. When the long delicate tips have been picked they undergo the withering and rolling process before being tossed in a large bamboo tray 400 times. This is done to oxidise the leaves and begins to turn them red. Where the less prestigious teas would now be rolled by machine, these leaves are roasted in a shallow pan and hand rolled by the tea master. Spring Gold or Monkey King Mao Feng, the finest grade of Mao Feng produced of which there is only 400kgs a year, must be worked around the pan 400 times to match the amount it has been tossed. Then the whole process is repeated a further two times. The resulting tea is wonderfully smooth with a honey-sweet, orchid aroma and gentle, sweet chocolate, malty tones with hints of rose. The leaves have a lovely black bloom and the infusion is a clear and brilliant red. I have seen this same tea on sale for over £170 per 100g, which is perhaps a truer reflection of the work that goes into making it. Good in the afternoon or early evening. If you drink this tea without milk it is good for three infusions or more. To put this wonderful tea's rarity into context it would make just 200,000 of the U.K's yearly consumption of 60,225,000,000 cups! Remember this is just the U.K, my calculator didn't have enough digits to work out the world's! We can never get enough of this tea to last the year so try it while you can.

Additional Information

Leaf Grade Handmade Strip
Country of Manufacture China
Tea Strength Medium Strong Black
Use Milk Optional
Brewing Time 2-5 minutes. Depending on milk usage.
Water Temperature 100°c
Number of infusions 1-3. Depending on milk usage.
Quantity 1g per 100ml

Customer Reviews

Review by Kevin Sheffield
The first thing I noticed about this tea was the large number of little gold tips in the dry leaf. Many more than my usual ‘best quality’ Mao Feng. A sure sign of high quality and enough to make the long 5-6 minutes needed to infuse it into a Confucian exercise of self restraint.

Simply put with the first sip the flavours burst in the mouth. Heaps of that lovely muscatel flavour, tangy, but not sharp. There is none of that bitterness which can creep in from below to ruin the tastes. This is a bright, smooth, clean and refreshing Keemun with lots of flavour. The best I have ever had.

I chewed a little infused leaf to see what flaws I could find. They were sweet and tangy with no sign of an overbearing \'tannin\'.

The Rating below is against other Mao Feng Teas I have known and loved. (Posted on 28/09/2007)

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