Golden Monkey

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 oz / 281 ml

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From Adagio Teas

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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36 tasting notes

I only had the teabags for this one, but it’s a lovely solid black tea just the same. Smooth and rich. I love to combine the teabag with some second-steeped chestnut, to add a touch of nutty flavor. Very happy to indulge with a large mug of this one today.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2100 tasting notes

Thank you so much for the sale, Ali! I’m always willing to try any of the Monkeys. I expect chocolate but this one seems to be pure maltiness. I used one heaping teaspoon as suggested but I’ll have to try two next time. Maybe an eight minute wait was too long as well. I love malty teas but this isn’t really what I expect from a Golden Monkey. It’s sweet, honey. Not much else to say. This is still a very good black tea but maybe I’ve just had some really good monkeys. This note is for learning for next time, I guess.
Steep # 1// 1 tsp // 8 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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52 tasting notes

Beautiful dry leaves with golden oxidized buds reminding me of Golden Curl tea from Yunnan. Rich amber-maple color moving to greenish-yellow near cups edge. Spices, with slight honey-sweet tang conjuring thoughts of cooked fruit followed by a woody, nutty astringent finish which really lingers in the wrong way I feel. I am not in love with this tea… and I really wanted to! I feel like its a little tired which will be ANOTHER sample from Adagio that is not quite that good. They really need to date those packs! I will get more next time I go, as I feel this isn’t the teas fault.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

i usually steep red teas at 205F and less time. gongfu method works every time


Yea… I am going to try again. Never really had a problem with the Golden Curl I have, which is similar. I probably need lower temp water… with the boiling I started at 3 minutes and it didn’t taste like much so I put the leaves back in for another 1:30… it just tasted “tired”, for lack of a better term. But thanks for the info I will try 205F for 2-3 minutes and see if that coaxes a better cup :)

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58 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of Golden Monkey teas, but I got this one as a free sample so why not?

Looks like a Golden Monkey tea with the curly leaves.

Smells like a Golden Monkey tea. You know, kind of like honey.

Tastes like a Golden Monkey tea. A bit of natural sweetness that balances the tea fairly well and makes it completely unremarkable – unless Golden Monkeys are your thing, I suppose.

Made a great, just slightly sweet iced tea when cold brewed over night.

I enjoyed drinking this tea both hot and cold, but there are other teas I like better.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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6 tasting notes

Golden by name, golden by nature. Like a featherweight boxer, light on its feet but can hold its own when cornered. The slightest of bitterness to give an edge to the smoothness. Fine with a slight dribble of milk, but consider without.

1 tsp

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354 tasting notes

This is another tea from the european teabox, and a sample I picked to remove more or less accidentally. I needed space and this was in a big original bag with a relatively small amount of tea for the space it occupied, so that was that. And while I lucked out on this selection, I am now feeling sorry i won´t read the next person´s opinions on this, because I really liked it and love seeing reviews by others of teas I liked.

For me it´s a quintessential Chinese black tea, though that is an opinion of a non-expert. It´s light, delicate, full of background flavours ( wild honey? some nuttiness?), refreshing. The kind of tea I really like.

But I confess to being a bit baffled by the descriptions and other reviews and wondering if I screwed up amount or brewing times. They mention this as being full-bodied, but with me this turned out light-bodied and delicate and graceful, a ballerina black tea, a perfect afternoon tea. I also find it a very sweet, naturally, tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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623 tasting notes

A very tasty and mellow cup of tea, it is my favorite black tea I’ve tried!

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I love Golden Monkey, too!

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49 tasting notes

I liked this one less than the Yunnan Noir because I found it to be more bitter, but still enjoyable.

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1 tasting notes

This is a good full bodied tea. Had good flavor. I could easily make this my everyday morning tea. I would highly recommend this one!

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7 tasting notes

Nice stuff. So far, really bitter unsweetened. I’ll need to take my temp down a few degrees. With sugar, though, it gets really interesting as the taste reminds me a lot of coffee.

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