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drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

Sorry I haven’t been on in quite a while! I’ve recently been promoted to a key-holder/managerial position at Teavana, so I’ve been a bit busy during the holiday season. I sat down and ordered a bunch of teas from adagio, and I’m finally getting to it.

The first of my new batch I’ve tried is the Golden Monkey. I’ve had three other Golden Monkeys before, and I must say this is the most bland and uninteresting Golden Monkey I’ve ever had. The flavour is there, but the malty undertones and subtle smokey flavour I get in Teavana’s and Elaine’s (Wild Orchid Teas) are missing. The leaves are missing the more aggressive hay smells before brewing, and faintly promise at least a subtle smokiness. I’m sure at one point this tea was just as good as Teavana’a or Elaine’s, but I’m fairly certain that it just got stale – the leave’s length indicates a very high quality black tea. It arrived in a sealed bag, so I must wonder as to how airtight it actually is.

I never thought I’d rate a flavoured tea lower than a straight one, but there you have it, folks…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

I have to admit, my experience with Adagio has been a bit conflicted…they have a great website, the ‘teatrends’ emails are fantastic…yet I’ve seen so many lack luster reviews and to top it off, after a bit of research, I ordered a book that thier chief tea-nerd wrote for them and while it had great photos, was a book filled with regurgitated drivel and was one of the worse tea books I’ve ever read…he is a young guy, but still, I’m sure he has been exposed to much of the range of the tea world and you would think it would follow suit….

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Kashyap

I have to admit, my experience with Adagio has been a bit conflicted…they have a great website, the ‘teatrends’ emails are fantastic…yet I’ve seen so many lack luster reviews and to top it off, after a bit of research, I ordered a book that thier chief tea-nerd wrote for them and while it had great photos, was a book filled with regurgitated drivel and was one of the worse tea books I’ve ever read…he is a young guy, but still, I’m sure he has been exposed to much of the range of the tea world and you would think it would follow suit….

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