60 Tasting Notes
I found this cake stored away in the back of a closet recently. With longer steep times it has a slightly stronger scent with a hint of smoke, decidedly amber color, but the flavor is still mild and there is little mouth feel. It’s not bad, just bland and I can’t see bothering to brew it again.
I’ve had really good Golden Monkey from other vendors, but this one seems unusually plain. It’s malty, mildly bitter, and the chocolaty slightly floral aroma that makes Golden Monkey so pleasurable comes off somewhat bland. Possibly the better qualities of this tea are overshadowed by the lingering bitterness.