drank Golden Monkey by Tao Tea Leaf
1381 tasting notes

Ah I finally found a true “chocolate” note in tea!!! well, in a pure tea without any adds that is. I was getting a bit sad that it hadn’t happened yet… but there is a definite chocolate essence here. It’s a little sweet and malty all at once—no sugar added. Of course, I tried some with milk and it only enhanced the creamy chocolate note. There is also a very fresh tasting note, that I think comes from the early flush.
The colour is a gorgeous red amber. Shame I was at work, I could have stared at that cup for an hour (take from that what you will…)
And it held up under two steeps! I wasn’t up for a third but I am sure it would have done well there to.
Overall, it is not my perfect tea. It’s missing something but I’m not quite sure what! Maybe the depth isn’t enough??
Oh well, I still love it! definitely a mood tea though

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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