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.
“So naturally sweet and caramelicious! The first steep was a darker, chewy caramel, and this second one is sweeter and yes, milky – in that coating in your mouth sort of way. I used 200 degree...” Read full tasting note
“The first steep is bold, smooth and stout – a great wake-up type tea (yes, it is 2pm but I do need to wake up). Honestly though, I’m looking forward to the 2nd and hopefully 3rd steep...” Read full tasting note
“I finally get to try this infamous tea that many have been raving about here on Steepster (And Across the Globe) as it IS an award-winner! This cup is possible because of SoccerMom…thanks...” Read full tasting note
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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.
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
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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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.
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.