93
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
1112 tasting notes

So naturally sweet and caramelicious! The first steep was a darker, chewy caramel, and this second one is sweeter and yes, milky – in that coating in your mouth sort of way. I used 200 degree water and a 4 minute first steep time – thinking about maybe trying boiling and 5 minutes next time to see if I get more or less caramel. I didn’t get any pepper and am wondering if it’s my slightly cooler than boiling temp and shortish steep time, too. I think I was a little too conservative!! My third steep is a little weak, but still enjoyable.

I’m glad to add another amazing-with-nary-an-additive black tea to my at-work arsenal, and look forward to playing with the steep time and water temp a bit!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LENA

Mmmm I love this tea. I’m a huge fan of teas such as this one that taste of caramel and other notes without any additives.

LauraR

I did not get any pepper either. However, I really liked the chocolate and caramel notes and actually prefer my Golden Monkey without them. I will drink a ‘plain’ Yunnan when I want the spice/peppery finish.

JacquelineM

LauraR – Do you have a plain Yunnan that you like a lot? I’m on the lookout! I had a sample of Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea Yunnan and I loved the combo of burnt caramel and pepper. Sadly it was a limited edition tea, and I’m looking for something else like it.

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LENA

Mmmm I love this tea. I’m a huge fan of teas such as this one that taste of caramel and other notes without any additives.

LauraR

I did not get any pepper either. However, I really liked the chocolate and caramel notes and actually prefer my Golden Monkey without them. I will drink a ‘plain’ Yunnan when I want the spice/peppery finish.

JacquelineM

LauraR – Do you have a plain Yunnan that you like a lot? I’m on the lookout! I had a sample of Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea Yunnan and I loved the combo of burnt caramel and pepper. Sadly it was a limited edition tea, and I’m looking for something else like it.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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