Golden Monkey

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Brand:Octavia Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Yunnan, China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Golden Monkey

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 13, 2018

Commercial Description

...Its complex, velvety liquor imparts notes of creamy cacao and cedarwood, tempered by a subtle earthiness with just a hint of sweet yam and honeyed peach...

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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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A pleasant, drinkable tea, but on the boring side. I usually associate the name "Golden Monkey" with golden, all-tip black teas from Fujian province, not Yunnan. This tea is from Yunnan.

Dry leaf is very pleasantly aromatic, suggesting dried fruit, and a slight hint of malt.

Brews up a beautiful, light brown cup that is mild in aroma and exceptionally smooth in flavor and mouthfeel. Aroma is of fruit with a faint suggestion of malt. Very low in tannins. Oolong-like in mouthfeel and overall character, but without any discernable roast in the aroma. I found that this tea tasted a lot less like black teas than most other Yunnan gold teas I've tried.

There is a noticeable absence of the peppery finish that usually characterizes Yunnan teas. I found that the mouthfeel was a little boring, because of this. I normally like this quality.

I used a little less leaf than Octavia recommends, closer to 1 teaspoon per cup. I could have brewed it more strongly: the flavor is delicate and this tea is a lot less intense than most other black teas from Octavia.

Good, but not my favorite tea of this style, and not standing out among Octavia's offerings. I strongly (and across-the-board) prefer their Ancient Yunnan, a darker tea that has less tip. It's slightly cheaper too. Among Octavia's more mellow black teas, I prefer their Imperial Black. It's also oolong-like, and I just think a much more interesting tea.
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