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Golden Blend

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Caramel, Malt
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Edit tea info Last updated by Jason
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “I am taking a long hard look at my tea shelves to decide what should stay and what should go. There are a few teas I would like to buy but I really don't think I should until I get rid of, or at...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1769 tasting notes
  • “Courtesy of *ashmanra,* something to smile about this morning. Love the way the golden monkey makes the Assam a little sweeter and juicier. I can see how it would be milk and sugar friendly, but...” Read full tasting note
    gmathis 1630 tasting notes
  • “Another little sample I had this morning in my to go mug, and I quite liked it! I really love Golden Monkey, but it's not a tea I get often since it's pricey, and I can drink all of it really fast...” Read full tasting note
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    hammaryn 148 tasting notes
  • “Backlog: I enjoyed this quite a bit. A sweet aroma that reminds me of dark raisins. The tea is very flavorful with notes of caramel, chocolate, earth, wood and malt. A very rugged sort of...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4231 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

A new blend of Golden Monkey from Fujian Province and Assam FTGFOP, that makes a great tea that is very solid. If one’s bent was towards milk and sugar, that would not be a problem.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

17 Tasting Notes

1769 tasting notes

I am taking a long hard look at my tea shelves to decide what should stay and what should go. There are a few teas I would like to buy but I really don’t think I should until I get rid of, or at least sip down, a few that I already have.

This is one my youngest daughter loves but I am just meh about it. I decided to try changing my steeping parameters today to see if I would fall in love with it. I used 205 F water and gave it only 3 1/2 minutes. It is now quite drinkable for me with no additions but I can’t say I am in love with it. And like many Assams, this has made my tummy say, “Rrrrr?” and raise its eyebrows. Maybe I will just tell daughter to drink it up or let me give it to a friend who is just getting into loose leaf tea.

Azzrian

Just move it into her room so its “out” of your stash and makes a spot for a new one haha

K S

My favorite thing about Assams is they led me to Chinese teas.

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1630 tasting notes

Courtesy of ashmanra, something to smile about this morning. Love the way the golden monkey makes the Assam a little sweeter and juicier. I can see how it would be milk and sugar friendly, but you know me—prefer it straight up, no additives.

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148 tasting notes

Another little sample I had this morning in my to go mug, and I quite liked it! I really love Golden Monkey, but it’s not a tea I get often since it’s pricey, and I can drink all of it really fast when I do.

This was nice and robust thanks to the Assam, but not too strong to be drank by itself, sans milk and sugar. There was also a spicy note in this that I don’t typically associate with Assam or Golden Monkey, but it was nice. Just kind of like, interesting spicy flavor…I don’t recognize this…but not bad! I don’t think this is a blend I’ll get for every day, but I am continually impressed by the quality of Harney’s black tea blends for the price. The Malachi McCormick remains my favorite, and let’s be honest, it’s probably because Rayn is a McCormick. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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4231 tasting notes

Backlog:

I enjoyed this quite a bit. A sweet aroma that reminds me of dark raisins. The tea is very flavorful with notes of caramel, chocolate, earth, wood and malt. A very rugged sort of blend. Savory and sweet.

There is a bake-y/cake-y kind of taste to this, and the dark raisin note that I mentioned from the aroma is present in the taste too, giving it almost a ‘raisin bread’ kind of taste.

A really pleasant morning tea, but would be equally as nice as an afternoon cuppa.

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141 tasting notes

I loved this blend. The mix of Assam and Golden Monkey was perfect; the flavors complemented and enriched each other. I liked Golden Monkey, but did not love it, but the combination with the Assam gave it depth and richness. Flawless!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Everyone’s tastes are so different! I adore Golden Monkey and I am struggling to get through my tin of this one. My youngest daughter likes it, though, so I haven’t sent it to a new home. It is just a bit harsh for me.

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67 tasting notes

…interesting! I’ve not had Golden Monkey, so this is new for me. The tea smelled malty and a touch smoky while steeping, but now that I’ve added milk and sugar, I’m getting a caramel note with the malt and the smoky has disappeared. There is a bit more astringency in this tea that I expected by Harney’s rating of 2….for me it would perhaps be a 3 on their scale. I just had a Nilla Wafer with this tea (astringency and my stomach aren’t particularly friends), and afterwards I got a blast of almost citrus notes from the tea….that was weird! ok, I just did it again…. cookie chemistry!
Sorry, I digressed. This is a nice cup of tea, a nice option to a straight Assam. I’m sure I’ll use the sample up, but beyond that, who knows!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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197 tasting notes

Not great, a little earthy, a little spicey, just ok

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52 tasting notes

Yummy. Not as good as Golden Monkey. Very good with heavy cream or Irish cream and somethign sweet – honey or sugar.

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108 tasting notes

I bought this thinking it would be a cheaper alternative to Assam Golden Tips. It’s a good tea, but I really like the Golden Tips better. I am glad I only have a sampler of this one..

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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