Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The Meaning of Tea
Origin: From Yunnan Province, one of the most ancient tea-growing regions in China. This black tea is named after its golden brown, fuzzy buds.
Ingredients: organic China black tea
Organic Status: certified USDA organic
This is an incredibly beautiful tea. The leaves are very much like the picture above portrays: gorgeous and golden! The liquor is a deep amber color with a delicately sweet aroma that hints of notes of fruit and flower.
This is a real treat to sip! It has a strong fruit note to it – much more distinct a fruit taste than I think I’ve ever experienced from an “unflavored” black tea. It has bright citrus tones that are both sweet and slightly tangy.
The tea is brisk but not quite as bold as some Yunnan teas I’ve tasted in the past. Instead, this tea is smooth and sweet with malty undertones. It starts out with a sweet note that develops into a citrus-like flavor as the sip washes over the palate. There are brief hints of tangy and sour notes as the sip progresses. It ends with some dry astringency. The finish is sweet with a light aftertaste.
I absolutely LOVE this tea. If you’ve been looking for a great Golden Monkey – look no further! This one fills the bill!
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!