Hunan Golden Tips from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Company Description:

Forget the ceremonious monkey business, and prepare yourself for the luxurious offerings of this rare golden black tea from the Hunan Province of China. Grown at an altitude of 4000 to 6000 feet above sea level in what the Chinese refer to as the “tea country in the South,” Monkey Picked Golden Hunan is one of the finest examples of hand crafted golden tips in the world. A distinctive mellow flavor that has the power captivate your attention.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of the dry leaf is interesting.  It smells like the forest!  It has a deep, woodsy/musky/earthy scent to it with hints of a “leafy” quality- it smells like the air of a forest just after a rain.  There are also vague notes of smokiness to it.  It’s a very intriguing bouquet.

Once brewed, the tea smells more smoky and less woodsy, but there is still a deep earthy note to it.  This aroma translates into the flavor:  smoky – but not too much – and earthy with a deep oaken kind of taste to it.  There are also hints of spice.  Yes, there is a very pleasant complexity to this tea.

I am not getting any bitterness from this tea, but there is a light astringency to it.  It has a very smooth character, it’s quite lovely.

I recommend consuming this tea hot, as it does lose some of it’s complex nature with the chill.  It is still good cold, but not as good.  It has a light sweetness to it, but I found that it was more palatable with just a tiny drizzle of honey.  I don’t recommend milk with this one though – it seemed to overwhelm it.

A very pleasant tea – it is bold and brisk enough to enjoy first thing in the morning, and it has a very invigorating character about it – it would be great for a mid-afternoon tea – it would perk you right up!  Cheers!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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