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I keep thinking I should love Golden Monkey teas, and then I keep being a bit underwhelmed by them. To be fair, I was drinking this while playing a board game, so I wasn’t giving it my full attention. It was a decent, moderately malty black tea but there was a hint of bitterness that I didn’t really enjoy. The bitterness did mellow out with subsequent steepings, but then I just found it to have a kind of generic “tastes like black tea” sort of flavour. Not bad, but not particularly interesting. I’ll have to try it again and pay more attention, maybe experiment with steeping parameters a bit.
So I’m not sure what I was expecting when I ordered it, but this was a bit of a suprise. Like all the other teas from Teayama, this one came in a ziploc-style bag:
But when I opened the bag, there was only this weird shrinkwrapped ball:
When I started opening the shrinkwrap I realised the contents were kind of crumbly, so I opened it out onto a plate. This is when I realised that I had an entire (small) mandarin orange peel filled with puerh:
Neat. Anyway, I tried to pick out the tea leaves because I wasn’t sure whether or not I was supposed to also steep the orange rind. 3g in 10oz boiling water x 4min, steeped in a mug because I’m lazy. Now my only experience with puerh has been David’s Tea blends and the like, so I think it’s fair to say I’ve never really had good puerh so I have nothing to really compare this to. It has that rich, earthy, shou puerh taste. The influence of the mandarin is fairly mild, I think. There a bit of tangy, citrusy flavour but I’m not sure if I’m just tasting that because I’m looking for it. Maybe that bit of bitterness on the aftertaste is also from the citrus. Interesting!
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Earth, Tart
This tea has a really fruity aroma, both dry and steeped. I don’t know if I would have necessarily identified it as “mango” if I hadn’t already seen the name. I’m getting notes of both peach and mango, and probably would have gone with peach if I were smelling this blind. It does smell really juicy and makes my mouth water a bit. Ok, the taste is actually heading away from peach and back toward mango. Maybe some citrusy notes and a bit of pleasant sourness to add to the juiciness. I find that the rooibos provides a nice smooth base while letting the fruit flavours dominate, but I’m also not prone to finding rooibos objectionable, so interpret that opinion accordingly. :) Wow, I actually really like this. I bet it would be great iced.
Flavors: Citrus, Mango, Peach
This is kind of like chai tea without the tea – just the spices. In the picture it looks like it has a lot of cardamom, but in my bag there are only a few pods. The scent is primarily cinnamon and cloves. There is a hint of heat from the ginger and peppercorns, a bit of freshness from the lemongrass. It is spicy and warming, but it doesn’t strike me as particularly healing, though maybe the blast of spice will be just what I need next time I have a head cold. I added some honey to the second half of the cup, and that’s very nice. I’m glad to have this in my cupboard – it’ll be good for when I crave chai spice without the caffeine.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
I bought this from Teayama, but I’m fairly certain it’s the Metropolitan Tea blend. It’s a flavoured red rooibos with lots of sliced almonds and calendula petals. It smells like vanilla and almond. Brewed, the combination of rooibos and vanilla creates a kind of earthy, tobacco-y sort of scent. I generally don’t find red rooibos to be unpleasantly “woody”, but if you are one of those people, I suspect you wouldn’t like this. To me, it tastes good plain, but with milk and sugar added, it’s delicious and desserty – kind of like french vanilla ice cream.
Flavors: Almond, Tobacco, Vanilla
My first Teayama tea! This one isn’t even on their website anymore, which is a bit puzzling. It’s billed as a calming herbal, which seemed appropriate since it’s past midnight and I’m craving a cup of tea before bed. The scent is very “herbal” and quite complex – I can detect the licorice root, orange peel, and peppermint, as well as something I don’t recognize that might be the tulsi. It tastes like it smells (in a good way), not too strong, and no bitterness. There’s that coating sensation in the back of the throat and a slight sweetness from the licorice root. I’m not the best judge, but I would say it does have a bit of a calming effect (either that or I’m just really tired and ready for bed – also a possibility!). If you like herbal blends and licorice root, I recommend this one.
Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest, Peppermint
Still delicious, but made the mistake of leaving the leaves in my travel mug while drinking this in class. It was fairly over-steeped and some of the sweet notes of the caramel and toffee were overwhelmed by the strong pu-erh taste. Still a pleasant cup of tea, but nowhere near as good as it’s been all the other times I’ve made it.