MONKEY PICKED GOLDEN
In some regions of Hunan province, ancient local custom held that the first plucking of the tea bushes were to be picked by monkeys. This was due in part to their dexterity, which enabled them to pluck the highly delicate leaves, and also because it was believed that they brought good luck and would ensure an excellent harvesting season.
Upon opening the bag, the first thing you'll notice is the golden color of the leaves - this is the color of the very top new buds of the tea bushes. These are plucked very early in the morning and then hand sorted during production. As you reach into the bag, run some of the leaf through your fingers. You will find them to be exceptionally delicate with a slight fuzzy feel to them - you can be sure that with leaf of this quality this tea is going to brew a very flavorful and delicate cup. And what a flavorful cup it is - mellow, with hints of oak and a savory mellow and toasty finish. This brew is to tea what the finest Bordeaux is to wine - pour a cup, sit back and enjoy.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)