Golden Monkey

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2/2/14 Update:
This tea is discontinued.
Teas Etc. now offers Golden Monkey Superior, which is not USDA organic certified but is EU compliant.
Cost: $123.55 / Lb.

Golden Monkey

2nd Place 2009 World Tea Championship
Signature Famous Teas – Hot Tea Class

The unique character and lingering finish is intoxicating. An exquisite USDA Certified Organic golden, black tea from southern China’s Yunnan province, the beautiful, gold twisted leaves are almost as lovely to look at as to taste.Don’t mistake this for lower grade teas of this type. This is a premium grade golden monkey that is not to be missed!

Golden Monkey Tea Type: Black Tea

Ingredients: Organic Chinese black tea (golden monkey)

Origin of Golden Monkey : Yunnan, China

About Teas Etc View company

Direct trade quality loose leaf tea for more than a decade. World Tea Championship winners in 2008 & 2009. USDA Certified Organic. Based in US with buying office in China.

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28 tasting notes

Everyone MUST try it. There’s no hype around this tea. Bold, sweet, milky. By far one of the best black teas I have ever had. Put down whatever you’re drinking right now. Order this and sit at your front door. You won’t be disappointed.

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4 tasting notes

finally found a black tea I really like. delicious. wish I could of tried last years batch though. sounds like it was considerably better.

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54 tasting notes

4g tea
12oz water
Dark amber color. Aromas of malt and sweet potato. Very sweet aroma. The taste was a bit less than than the aroma was leading on. Not as strong of the flavor malty sweet potatoe flavor that was lead on. Not bad though.

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100 tasting notes

This tea is interesting – good interesting. Tastes like very smooth Yunnan, but the end has a bit of….cream. And a bit of astringency…but the flavors are separate so it is not a spoiled cream taste.

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1118 tasting notes

Earlier this week, I wrote a rather quick note about this one and said I’d come back to it when I had more time. In particular I had a really hard time figuring out what I was smelling in the aroma of the steeped tea.

I now know what I’m smelling. You won’t believe it.

Spaghetti! With marinara sauce!

I checked in with no. 1 who was sitting next to me at breakfast and he agreed. I was worried I might be going crazy, but he smelled it, too.

There’s a sharp fruity note like cooked tomato, and a bready pasta note underneath that.

Wouldn’t you know, spaghetti, pasta, tomato, marinara-none are available as flavor options. I can’t say it’s surprising, just a little frustrating.

To add to my previous note, the tea is a sort of light maple color after steeping. Now that I have spaghetti with marina in my head, I’m tasting that more than the hot praline of the other day, but it’s remarkably tasty.

This may be one of those teas that changes in flavor from cup to cup, which is always fun.


I’ve gotten stewed tomatoes from a couple black teas in the past! It’s so bizarre but kind of cool.


Really unexpected!

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18 tasting notes

Finished off my supply this weekend. Will be buying more soon.

I really should probably post more tasting notes so that I remember these teas.

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181 tasting notes

Golden Monkey isn’t quite as robust as my typical morning teas, but it makes up for it with its caramel character and mildly sweet finish. It also extends into well into the afternoon, meaning that I often end up drinking it until it’s time for dinner. I can usually get three steeps out of the leaves, though I use a little more than recommended on the package. Delicious.

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