I received such a wonderful package from Bihu Tea that really brightened my whole week. Along with a packet of their signature Bihu Bold, I received a handwritten note as well as a couple of nice bookmarks!
As I may have mentioned before, I normally don’t drink black tea. I received a first flush Darjeeling from Lupicia as a gift and I decided to try it. It was absolutely amazing. The flavor was so fruity and complex, I had never tasted anything like it. There were some subtle notes of honey, even though there was nothing added to this tea whatsoever. I also thought that this tea tasted a bit like apricot. I tend to say that about black teas but no one seems to agree with me. Either way, I think it is a great way to describe the flavor.
Getting its name from the very distinct golden fuzzy leaves resembling monkey paws, there are a ton of reasons to love this tea. Like the Silver Needle tea, this tea shares the Fujian province as one of its main growing regions in addition to the more well known Yunnan province. Also like the Silver Needle tea, Golden Monkey is very unique for its classification. It is unusual for a black tea to not be black in color, and these leaves sport a bright gold coloring. This makes them easily identifiable and even more sought after. The flavor is very distinct and loved by many. It is said to have notes of honey and peach and is very light when compared to its other black tea counterparts.