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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company

February18

goldenmonkeyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Golden Monkey tea is hand-processed each spring with a careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. It is among the finest Chinese black teas available today. The name comes from its unique appearance: the leaves resemble monkey claws. If you enjoy full-bodied teas with an abundance of flavor, we urge you to give this tea a try. It has a very smooth flavor and brews a golden brown.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is LOVELY!  Of the many pure black teas out there, if I had to choose but one to drink for the rest of my life, I think that a Fujian tea like this Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company would definitely be in the running for that one tea.

I love the rich, full flavor of this Golden Monkey.  It has a strong malty tone with notes of cacao and a delectable caramel-y undertone.  Mmm!  It is sweet and delicious (and cozy!) but it also has the kind of GUSTO that I look for in a black tea.  It’s invigorating enough to get me going when I’m looking for that nudge to wake.

The astringency here is what I’d categorize as mild to moderate.  There is a slight – very slight! – bitter intonation to this cup which suggests to me that perhaps I brewed it a tad too long (3 minutes) and so it is advisable to watch the steep time with this tea.  Next time, I’ll go with 2 1/2 minutes for a smoother cup.

Overall, a very delicious cup of tea.

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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