Golden Monkey Black Tea

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Cocoa, Honey
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 7 oz / 207 ml

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The finest China black from the Fujian province. This smooth tea with complex chocolaty undertones is extremely low in tannins, yet rich in flavor.

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64 tasting notes

I happened to get this tea on a whim during Teavana’s big annual tea sale, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I would agree with others who have noted that they couldn’t really detect any chocolate flavor, but it was sweet and malty and altogether wonderful so I can’t complain.

I only wish I had more…sadly that stash of tea is long gone. I enjoyed each and every cup I drank, and the fond memory still remains with me. I will have to get this one again someday, although my priority is for teas that are organic, whenever possible, so we’ll see.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Although teavana irritates me to death, this is an essential black tea for any tea fan out there.

Ovy Ortega

I know what you mean. They sell tea like used cars and bought by Starbucks. Now that does give me a certain tea bitterness.

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10 tasting notes

Ok, this is weird. My second steep of this Monkey has far outweighed the first. It has no bite, surely no caffeeine, but it has bloomed incredibly. The malt and maple are deeper now and I sense something more than the original tea itself. The color is the same, perhaps lighter, more red than black. But the taste is the same but without the caffeine film.
It could be that the caffeine masks the full flavor of tea?
Can it be that the shadow is better than the caster?

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14 tasting notes

This is how black teas should taste. Although I am drinking it with Earl Grey White Tea by Teavana which makes a good mix since the bergamot makes a transition of simple black tea into some sort of breakfast tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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154 tasting notes

A fine black tea, with good flavour and good aroma, it has cocoa undertones and I would say a slightly honey taste to it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey


This one is really tasty!

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2 tasting notes
Golden Monkey is the best black I have had. Perfect in every cup-great to blend with other teas. Chocolatey, deep flavors-encouraging and fresh.
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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3 tasting notes

The water was a little hot so it was a little bitter, but the second brew brought out some great flavors.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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33 tasting notes

Probably the best black tea I’ve ever had. Tastes smooth and flavorful. Full. The past two times, it has been amazing in my yixing tumbler, but it was a little bitter/nothing too special all the other times. Maybe I’ve been using too hot of water? Need to get the perfect water boiler!

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1 tasting notes

This is one of the finest black teas around. Smooth and refreshing. If you are looking for a strong, bold, high tannin black tea then this one isn’t for you. This tea can be steeped multiple times, not so great after the 3rd steep though.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

So this is my first review! Hurray! I’m new to drinking loose leaf tea, and figured that a black would be a great way to start. I ended up at teavana, which may not be the most loved place in the world, but the staff at my local store were not pushy and were very beginner friendly. However, i’m sure there are better teas and places. Anyway, i’m making this tea in the Breville one touch and use the Breville’s settings of 212 deg for 3 min (strong). I feel that with teavanas recommendations that the tea can be a bit weak for my taste (coming from a coffee background). However after adding 50% or more of the recommended amount, I really started enjoying this tea. It’s has hints of cocoa and goes nicely with a little milk, sugar and honey. I don’t have much to compare it to, but have an order of different black teas from DAVIDSTea coming soon. :)

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