ZP87: Organic Black Monkey

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From Upton Tea Imports

These bold, well-made leaves with golden tips produce a dark liquor with a rich taste. The dry leaves have a toasty note which is present in the cup as well. Smooth notes of cocoa round out the profile of this selection.


Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 5 min.

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Tea #39 from Another Traveling Tea Box

This is actually more evocative of Black Dragon Pearls than a Golden Monkey. It has fantastic dark cocoa notes and a warming maltiness.

Definitely a toasty tea and perfect for the weather. I’m definitely taking the last cup of this out of the box.

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Another cup of the afternoon…..

I have some very interesting samples from Upton. This is the first of about three, I think. I love Golden Monkey, so I thought this would be a perfectly fun choice for me.

The leaves are long and there are some golden leaves. The scent of the dry leaves is earthy and of dark cocoa. Brewed up it very much reminds me of the black dragon pearl teas. Dark cocoa notes, definitely toasty. Not as sweet as the Golden version, but still very good. I am not sure I need this and my black dragon pearl tea, but it was definitely worth a taste.

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Tea #40 from Another Traveling Tea Box

Two straight black teas in a row, that is rare for me since I lean towards oolong as my straight tea of choice.

There is a subtle hint of cocoa that balances the deep malt flavors in this tea. It is much more malty than the previous tea, so it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that my husband would pick this as his iced tea replacement. I think we may have an arguement on our hands when it comes time to switch, our tastes in tea just do not line up at all so it is always hard to come to an agreement.

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Separate tea shelves. That’s the agreement my wife and I have. She drinks decaf and herbal. Me, I prefer everything else. :)

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I would love it if my husband drank enough tea for a separate shelf. So far I’ve only managed to hook him on iced tea, so he currently has his own tea tin large enough for a pound of black tea. He won’t touch 99.9% of what I drink.

baby steps ::grins:: it’s only taken 5 years of marriage to get this far.


Careful, after they take those first few precious steps, they start running and then you lose all control. ;)

My wife avoids caffeine for health reasons so I rarely join her on the dark side.

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