Golden Monkey Black Tea

78
Percentile
4 ratings
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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Golden Monkey
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Fujian, China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Golden Monkey Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 17, 2018

Commercial Description

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...

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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(31 reviews) on

Very nice tea! Tastes almost exactly like the wild lapsang souchong to me but is a bit fruitier! I will definitely be getting some more on Amazon soon!
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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The liquor brewed to rich nut-brown with a tinge of coppery-gold, and gave off a subdued fragrance suggestive of chocolate and toasted marshmallow. The taste was also subdued but pleasing—a soft floral sweetness. I had brewed a previous cup, steeping for 3 minutes, and I remember the flavor being fuller and more developed, but it wasn't possible to get a second steeping out of the tea. This time I steeped it for 60 seconds, the minimum amount of time suggested by TeaVivre, hoping to get that second cup out of it. I started the second steeping at 3 minutes, then added increasing amounts of time, but I think that this tea just doesn't hold up to multiple steepings, which is a shame. Given the cost of the tea, I'd like to have at least a second brew.

2.5g/6oz • 195° • 1 min

[My scores reflect both this tasting, and my recollection of the earlier, longer steeping.]
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea is interesting. I like it. It has an aftertaste that I don't quite know how to describe, but it's not bitter. It tastes rich, a little like bread or something. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic91 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I was really intrigued and impressed by this tea. It's the first Golden Monkey I've sampled, and it's set the bar pretty high for future sampling.

Dry leaf is very aromatic, and smells strongly and distinctly of whole grain rye and caraway. Slightly suggestive of Yunnan Gold teas, which have a similar appearance, but distinct in aroma.

Upon brewing, produces a very dark cup, with a rich, dark reddish-brown hue.

Intensely aromatic, and aroma is very complex: the distinct grainy quality, which definitely resembles rye, is the dominant aroma, but there are also strong fruity and vegetal tones, and a suggestion of caraway. Very fresh smelling.

Subdued flavor. This is primarily an aromatic tea, yet there is a mild flavor that is very pleasing: not much bitterness.

The first cup was the most flavorful, but I was able to produce a relatively pleasant second cup which had cocoa-like tones in the aroma that were absent in the first cup. I found that making a single cup with a long steeping produced a very rich-tasting cup that had a strong cocoa-like quality, and was still very smooth. Surprisingly, I was able to brew a third cup; it was quite mild but still very pleasant.

I thought this tea offers great value, given how it was good for making multiple infusions. It is slightly pricier than a mid-grade black tea, but this is really an exceptional tea. My only negative comment is that I actually prefer black teas that have a bit more kick than this--at times it was almost too smooth for me, but I think many people would like this tea's smoothness.
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