I’ve been in the mood to try more black teas lately, and I just received a new order in the mail from Red Blossom Tea Company with just that. First up is this Organic Golden Monkey black tea.
Like usual, Red Blossom’s description is pretty accurate. The color I got from a 1:30 steeping time and 2.5 tablespoons of leaves in my 32 ounce Bodum Assam was a dark, deep, clear, reddish brown.
The aroma caught my eye first (or my nose, I guess…). It has a really nice, sweet smell, and lots of it. The website mentions sweet potato, yeah, I could see that. Nice and smooth presence in the aroma and taste.
For a long time I bought the Twinnings 4 pack of breakfast teas and thought the Irish Breakfast Tea in that package was the best black tea I had ever tried. I thought it had the perfect balance of sweet and fruity with plenty of kick while still remaining smooth. (This was before I discovered Red Blossom Tea Company and the wonders of high quality loose leaf teas) How wrong I was…
This Golden Monkey is good on all the fronts that I think of when I think black tea, without being over the top fruity or spicy. If you’re looking for a smooth black tea that is a bit on the light and sweet side, here you go!
I think it would make a great mid to late fall morning brew. Like right now. Win!
Flavors: Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes