Second steep was still smooth with a bit of malt.
third was a bit weak. may not do the third one again unless really in the mood.
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Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Golden Monkey tea is hand-processed each spring with a careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. It is among the finest Chinese black teas available today. The name comes from its unique appearance: the leaves resemble monkey claws. If you enjoy full-bodied teas with an abundance of flavor, you should give this tea a taste.
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This is a very tasty black tea. It has a bold, malty flavor without being at all bitter or overpowering. I started out drinking it plain, then added just a little bit of sugar to sweeten it slightly. Both sweetened and unsweetened, it has a very smooth flavor. Definitely one I’ll be enjoying more of.
I was a little disappointed at the first cup, which seemed to be a good but unremarkable black tea, but after about five or six minutes of steeping the second cup revealed a rich, complicated set of flavours, with a particularly strong blend of malty caramel and wheat toast. Definitely benefits from extended steeping time.
Welcome back, Golden Monkey! You’re still a little more bitter than I’d prefer, but that’s probably due to your high caffeine content, so I’ll let it go. This time.
You’re also a little more flavorful than I remember, which is a good thing. You’ve got a well rounded flavor that’s enhanced by a pleasant aroma, which makes me wonder if I didn’t steep you properly the last time we met?
Either way, I’m happy to get to know you again, and look forward to our next encounter.