One of my #1 favorite teas. I love this one plain, or with a bit of cream and sugar.
“I have to be out the door for a rehearsal in 15 minutes. Usually I'm still in my room doing yoga right now. So I'm attempting to shove food in my face & get some caffeine going too. According...” Read full tasting note
“My first impression - not as good as Harney and Sons Golden Monkey but twice the price. Sticking with Harney and Sons. It does have some of the character of Harney's GM, but I don't think it is...” Read full tasting note
“I missed you, Steepster. And really, I'm not back yet. I'm still down south, where I've been since the 22nd (and somehow it's still absolutely freezing outside...why do I feel cheated?). I was...” Read full tasting note
“I'm bumping this ones rating up a bit because it's a solidly nice tea. I finally have a day off work, and I'm trying to organize my teas a bit and give some away which I know I will never get...” Read full tasting note
The finest China black from the Fujian province. This smooth tea with complex chocolaty undertones is extremely low in tannins, yet rich in flavor.
How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees and steep for 2-3 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Pure Chinese black tea (from Fujian province).
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This is really one of my favorite teas. I find that it tastes lovely in the morning or evening and each time I drink it I pick up different notes. The taste starts with a wonderful caramel mellowness and then you pick up bits of apple and kiwi crispness around the edges. This tea tastes equally lovely with slightly less or more brewing time and is tasty iced too.
Teavana’s sales methods are not my favorite and the full price is quite over the top, considering you can find other lower priced Golden Monkey teas or high quality black teas. Look for it on sale and send your significant other in like I did. :)
I just want to like this tea more than I do. I get that it’s complex and I guess at some level I do see why so many people like it (and monkey teas in general). I’m just not that big a fan of Chinese black teas. I find the taste ‘in mouth’ (ok, I’m far more familiar with reviewing wines, but I’m trying here!) to be pleasant, but I find it a bit sour and bitter once it’s left my mouth. I probably won’t buy it again, but I will drink what I have already bought.
I bought this on my first trip to Teavana, completely alien to loose leaf teas. I asked for a recommendation for a black tea, since I had never actually tasted a loose leaf tea and, being used to black teas, I thought I could better gauge the difference between loose leaf and bags. While the taste was much better than a black tea bag, the tea got a little stale with my tastebuds, especially after I branched out and tried more different kinds of teas. One of the positive sides to it is that it can be steeped multiple times with a mostly consistent flavor. It is a good base for blends, however, yet too much of it easily overpowers the other tea. All in all, it’s a great tea, but I don’t see myself spending another $20 on it in the future.
This is my first foray into “fancy tea” and I’m pretty happy with it. We brewed this as the first tea in our new cast-iron pot, so I had several cups over a few hour time period.
I thought it had a really light, almost sweet flavor. No bitterness at all. My uneducated tastebuds liked it a lot!