Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
This stunning Chinese black tea is among the finest in the world. Each spring the tea leaves are carefully plucked of only one leaf and one bud, resembling a monkey claw. The beautiful twisted golden leaves yield a full bodied tea with a soft apricot finish.
I have to agree with WhiteAugust Tea’s assessment – this tea is definitely stunning! It is incredibly smooth and rich and oh-so-good!
The aroma of the brewed tea is pleasant with hints of honey and spice as well as a deep earthy quality. There is also a hint of fruit and freshly baked bread within its fragrance. It’s one of those warm, comforting scents that begs to be tasted.
The flavor is incredibly rewarding. It is a complex tea, with layers of sweetness that reflect tones of both caramel and honey. There is a raisin-y sweetness to it too. A very pleasant malty tone to this tea. There are layers of earth, spice and smoke, as well as a woodsy taste. All of these flavors meld into a warm, smooth taste (I get no bitterness from this cup at all), finishing with a light, drying astringency and imparting a wine-like aftertaste that is sweet with notes of fruit with a whisper of smoke. A very pleasurable tea experience, this Golden Monkey.
Because of the warmth of this tea (almost what I would call an autumnal tea), I prefer it served hot. It has a very agreeable level of sweetness to it, so I suggest tasting it before you sweeten it – you may find that it is plenty sweet without the addition.
Another tea LOVE from WhiteAugust Tea!
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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