Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Coming from Fujian, the Golden Monkey is made of the fresh buds and leaves of Fuding Pekoe, by lightly sun withering, rolling, fermentation and drying. Golden Monkey has the particular aroma of black tea. You could scent the fruity flavor through every sip of the tea.
The golden hairy tips truly make this tea more attractive. This is one reason why it is called Golden Monkey. Another reason is its monkey-claw-liked shape of the dry tea, which is in golden and black color. When brewed, the Golden Monkey Tea tastes brisk and smooth for the first sip, presenting a distinctive flavor. If you like stronger flavor, you could brew for a longer time. The sweet aftertaste could act faster for thicker liquid. You could only feel it when trying by yourself.
Learn more about this tea here.
When I got my most recent package from Teavivre, this Golden Monkey Black Tea was the one I was most anxious to try! I love Fujian teas, and Golden Monkey teas are among those that I favor most. And since this Golden Monkey was coming from Teavivre, I KNEW it would be stellar. Teavivre is one of my favorite companies for a reason: they offer some of the finest teas I’ve ever tasted.
And this tea does not disappoint! It’s so good!
It is rich with caramel-y taste, and that caramel-y taste is the reason I find Golden Monkey Teas so enchanting! Well, those yummy caramel-y tones and the notes of cocoa … and this tea has cocoa notes too.
It’s very smooth from start to finish. At the finish, there is a crisp, dry astringency. The sip starts out sweet and robust with notes of earth, leather and fruit. The fruit notes remind me of apricot and raisins. Then I notice the caramel-y undertones and the distant notes of chocolate. As the sip nears the finish, the flavor becomes crisper. The aftertaste is sweet, hinting at a burnt-sugar sort of sweetness with notes of molasses.
I like that this has a bold flavor – it’s a strong enough tea to be something I’d enjoy as my first cup of the day, but it’s smooth and flavorful enough to be something that I’d happily drink throughout the day, any time of day.
A really, really good tea from a company that I knew would deliver nothing but awesomeness!
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!