Until fairly recently, I had never even heard of Golden Monkey tea. I picked up a large envelope (4 ounces) at the Tazo Collection sale late last year, and fell in love with it immediately. Naturally, I have been looking forward to trying Teavivre’s Golden Monkey, and today was the glorious day.
I read in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea that Golden Monkey is a relatively new offering out of China, and that it has in a short time garnered a big following. Well, there’s a reason for that. The moment I opened this sample pack, I knew that I was in for major deliciousness once again. The leaves are crinkly with lots of golden light tips and powdery yumminess portending rich caramel wonderfulness. Believe it or not, sniffing these leaves is a source of olfactory delight.
This Golden Monkey is essentially the same tea as the one I fell in love with from Tazo. (I’ll do a side-by-side at some point to confirm.) That’s great news for me, because Tazo is being morphed into Teavana and the Tazo Collection has been axed—the last of it was sold off by Starbucks recently. So my future source of this fantastically flavorful unsweetened caramel black tea—with no flavoring added!—will definitely be Teavivre.
If every black tea were this delicious, there would be no need for flavorings whatsoever.