drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Enjoying the last of my sample from ashmanra! Eee ee eeee!

Every single sip of my three steeps was sooooooo enjoyable! I just simply love this style of tea (smooth, golden, great sans additions), and this tea in particular. I know I really love something when I say (in my head) “Wow! I could drink this EVERY DAY!” and yes, that is exactly what I said (in my head) during my sips.

I thought I would do a State of the Palate addition to this tasting note…it’s been awhile!

I LOVE:

Golden Monkey!!!
Emperor’s Red/Imperial Red style teas
English/Irish Breakfast style teas (with milk and sugar. Soooo comforting!)
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Various flavored black teas, every now and again
Jasmine teas (especially Jasmine Pearls!)
Dragon Balls!
Dark oolongs in general
Green oolongs every once in awhile, but when I am in the mood for them, I LOVE them
Flavored green teas (especially FRENCH flavored green teas!)
52 teas Black currant Bai Mu Dan (but that is really it with the white teas)

(Herbals are by necessity :) Even when they are delicious, they do not excite me (I guess that’s the POINT!)!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I will try to remember to send both Harney and Sons IB and Southern Season Irish Breakfast in your box. I prefer the Southern Season one, but the H&S one is probably more authentic to a true Irish Breakfast. I served the Southern Season one to an Irishman who was visiting for a year and he hadn’t had good tea in all that time. He closed his eyes and said, “Brilliant.” So I think the Southern Season isn’t too far off!

JacquelineM

That’s a high compliment! I think it must be hard when people come from other countries and we don’t have what they are used to. My Italian relatives call our American coffee “black water” – lol! They think it’s so weak and horrible!

ashmanra

You’ll have to make their coffee in a French press from now on….or convert them to tea!

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ashmanra

I will try to remember to send both Harney and Sons IB and Southern Season Irish Breakfast in your box. I prefer the Southern Season one, but the H&S one is probably more authentic to a true Irish Breakfast. I served the Southern Season one to an Irishman who was visiting for a year and he hadn’t had good tea in all that time. He closed his eyes and said, “Brilliant.” So I think the Southern Season isn’t too far off!

JacquelineM

That’s a high compliment! I think it must be hard when people come from other countries and we don’t have what they are used to. My Italian relatives call our American coffee “black water” – lol! They think it’s so weak and horrible!

ashmanra

You’ll have to make their coffee in a French press from now on….or convert them to tea!

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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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