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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1850 tasting notes

I have a recent new appreciation for unflavored black teas, especially Fujians, so I decided to revisit this one, which was a sizeable sample from JacquelineM a while ago. I still have enough in the tin for another cup after this one, even!

Mm, I definitely appreciate this one more than I did the first time I had it. I’ve really come to love those Fujian flavors. This one has lots of those caramel, honey, bready notes. I like this a lot. I tell you, I never thought I would get into unflavored black teas because they didn’t really appeal to me, but I am definitely enjoying them now. Of course, that usually means that suddenly I need to try all the different kinds, like when I first got into oolongs.

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

lmao – I know the feeling! why do we go through these different phases with tea? :)

ScottTeaMan

The real problem hits you when you realize that usually the more expensive teas are better, and your stuck-because who wants an ordinary Keemun after you’ve tasted a really great Golden Monkey.

ScottTeaMan

I doubt I’ll ever have a prolonged Rooibos phase…….SERIOUSLY DOUBT!

SimplyJenW

My rooibos phase was short…..and now I pretty much just have ones where you can’t taste the rooibos itself (chai and hot cinnamon…)

Dinosara…have you tried Harney’s Keemun Mao Feng? (I know I am not helping your sample reduction…..)

Scott B

“now I pretty much just have ones where you can’t taste the rooibos itself” — That’s my kinda Rooibos, SimplyJen!

TeaBrat

After tasting so many God awful rooibos blends I think I like the taste of plain rooibos just fine!

ScottTeaMan

Just about the only blened one I may try is a Chai Rooibos.

Angrboda

Oh Fujian. :) I wish there was a Fujian Drinker’s Society, I’d join in an instant. :)

Dinosara

Scott, Scott and Amy — I’m kind of ambivalent about rooibos, but I don’t anticipate going through a rooibos phase!

Jen — I haven’t tried that one, actually I don’t think I’ve tried any straight Keemun. That’s a whole ’nother can of worms!

Ang — I think I would be joining you!

ScottTeaMan

If you put some Mezcal in your tea, then ‘can of worms’ would be truly appropriate! :))

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TeaBrat

lmao – I know the feeling! why do we go through these different phases with tea? :)

ScottTeaMan

The real problem hits you when you realize that usually the more expensive teas are better, and your stuck-because who wants an ordinary Keemun after you’ve tasted a really great Golden Monkey.

ScottTeaMan

I doubt I’ll ever have a prolonged Rooibos phase…….SERIOUSLY DOUBT!

SimplyJenW

My rooibos phase was short…..and now I pretty much just have ones where you can’t taste the rooibos itself (chai and hot cinnamon…)

Dinosara…have you tried Harney’s Keemun Mao Feng? (I know I am not helping your sample reduction…..)

Scott B

“now I pretty much just have ones where you can’t taste the rooibos itself” — That’s my kinda Rooibos, SimplyJen!

TeaBrat

After tasting so many God awful rooibos blends I think I like the taste of plain rooibos just fine!

ScottTeaMan

Just about the only blened one I may try is a Chai Rooibos.

Angrboda

Oh Fujian. :) I wish there was a Fujian Drinker’s Society, I’d join in an instant. :)

Dinosara

Scott, Scott and Amy — I’m kind of ambivalent about rooibos, but I don’t anticipate going through a rooibos phase!

Jen — I haven’t tried that one, actually I don’t think I’ve tried any straight Keemun. That’s a whole ’nother can of worms!

Ang — I think I would be joining you!

ScottTeaMan

If you put some Mezcal in your tea, then ‘can of worms’ would be truly appropriate! :))

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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