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drank Golden Luo by Harney & Sons
356 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act IV scene 6

And therefore, — since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days, —
I am determined to prove a villain,
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Richard III, Act I scene 1

This morning I fumbled through my Shakespeare box trying to find one that I hadn’t had that would be good for the morning. I’m getting closer to the last “Act” of notes and I’m not wanting it to end! I picked up the packet of this tea and got ready to keep rummaging because I thought that I’d already tried it. But no — it’s unopened! But it’s an oolong, isn’t it? NO — it’s a black tea! Awwww yeaaaaah!

I popped open the packet: Golden Monkey? It must be a kin of Adagio’s Golden Monkey (I’m too lazy to google at the moment). I started to scoop it into my teapot and froze: the leaves are striking! Many are spiraled up like mini cinnamon rolls. They’re fuzzy-wuzzy cinnabuns! Two different shades of brown (again, like the Golden Monkey). I dub these the cutest leaves that I’ve seen so far.

The smell was very reminiscent of the Monkey as well: malty and dark. The first few sips I was amazed at how much my tastes have changed over the past few months. It has a sweet rich maltiness that I really enjoyed. It’s not my favorite flavor in teas, but I liked it better than ever. There was a great sweetness that I couldn’t place and I finally looked up the description. Unsweetened cocoa? I enjoyed something quasi-chocolatey? ::earth shatters:: As the cup cooled I got a bit more earthiness that’s very similar to a Pu Erh.

I shall call this tea my Richard, Duke of Gloucester (a.k.a. Richard III). One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains: a bad boy whom you love to hate. The only problem I had with calling this tea Richard III is that he’s known as a rather unattractive hunchback. Well, I think that I’ve figured it out: if you were to make a Richard III action figure, then you could stuff a spiral tea leaf under the shirt’s back for the hump. Yes, that’s lame and also insensitive to hunchbacks, but that’s what I’m going with and I’m sticking to it. Ultimately I think this is a really good tea and deserves a dark and complex character to represent it. NE

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Wondering if Doulton send you enough teas to get through the entire folio? Lol.

Rabs

LOL! It sure felt that way when I popped open the box, and now I can’t believe that I’m nearing the end :(

Lori

Hmmm I am Going to add this to my shopping list….

Rabs

::makes mental note for no particular reason::

;)

mpierce87

I got the best mental picture of you stuffing a mini cinnabun-spiraled tea leaf under the shirt on an action figure and laughed for at least 5 minutes. In fact, I’m still laughing! Thanks for making my day.

Rabs

It’s so my pleasure! Now I’m tickled that you’re so tickled! XD

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__Morgana__

Wondering if Doulton send you enough teas to get through the entire folio? Lol.

Rabs

LOL! It sure felt that way when I popped open the box, and now I can’t believe that I’m nearing the end :(

Lori

Hmmm I am Going to add this to my shopping list….

Rabs

::makes mental note for no particular reason::

;)

mpierce87

I got the best mental picture of you stuffing a mini cinnabun-spiraled tea leaf under the shirt on an action figure and laughed for at least 5 minutes. In fact, I’m still laughing! Thanks for making my day.

Rabs

It’s so my pleasure! Now I’m tickled that you’re so tickled! XD

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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