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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
247 tasting notes

The other day, I brewed a cup of this, but forgot as I was rushing to get my kids ready for day camp. Packed them up, buckled up in the car and we took off with a huge list of to-do items that needed to be done without children… and halfway to camp, I realized I forgot my tea. So, naturally, as I’m driving, I’m neurotically thinking about all of the reviews I’ve read about this one. I’m weighing the cost of driving 15 minutes back to the house to pick it up and then another 15 minutes back to the freeway. My long list is looming on the passenger seat, and I turn back toward home.

It turns out that it was one of the best decisions of my day! (My sunglasses ended up being made with the wrong prescription; I got lost on the way to a new knitting shop, then found I’d have to hike a while to get there as the entire street was closed for construction.) But, I had finally had the chance to try Golden Monkey, and I have the lovely ashmanra to thank for this experience! (Not the forgetting, wrong prescription and getting lost and finding construction experience, but instead the tea experience.)

Golden Monkey is an appropriate name for this one. It’s a beautiful tea to look at. Dark, black tea leaves intertwined with golden, curled leaves. Like guilded curlicues found on the frames of beautiful artwork. It has a mellow scent that belies its strength. The tea itself smells lovely. Of course, I didn’t get to smell it immediately after steeping, but it still had a nice, sweet aroma to it. Upon tasting, I was surprised at the vegetal taste that I normally get with greens. It is earthy, but not in a pu-erh way. Instead, I would say it’s almost mossy. The element that really makes this tea, though, is the caramel taste that unfurls just after sipping and develops gradually on my tongue. It’s amazing! Sweet and full. This is one tea that should be taken without any additions. It’s very, very lovely and I can now see why Harney & Sons is always sold out of this one.

Thank you, ashmanra, for this wonderful tea! (Now I have to try the new crop, too, as I read your tasting note yesterday.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

What a day! At least you had the tea to enjoy!

Jenn

What a day! At least there was a new knitting shop and good tea involved. What problem can’t be solved with yarn and tea?

QuiltGuppy

I love the feeling of promise whenever I go into a knitting shop. Everything on the shelves is full of promise. I’m working on a jumper for my daughter and found the perfect yarn there. I just wish I had my tea with me then, but it was long gone by that time.

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Dinosara

What a day! At least you had the tea to enjoy!

Jenn

What a day! At least there was a new knitting shop and good tea involved. What problem can’t be solved with yarn and tea?

QuiltGuppy

I love the feeling of promise whenever I go into a knitting shop. Everything on the shelves is full of promise. I’m working on a jumper for my daughter and found the perfect yarn there. I just wish I had my tea with me then, but it was long gone by that time.

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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