drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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For a person who says that this tea is good but not wonderment and cartwheels – I sure have been drinking it often enough!!! It’s so perfect for mornings at work. It’s gentle with me, but gives me that extra little nudge to get going, and it tastes great (at 200 – I’m getting more caramel and chewy. Then milky. Mmmmm).

LauraR helped me realize that Golden Monkey is from the Yunnan region, but is not a Yunnan tea per se. It is a smooth light(er) tea, whereas a classic Yunnan is the one with the pepper and more assertive character. I was expecting the Monkey to be a Horse!!

Now that I am enjoying the monkey as the Golden Monkey that he is, I am very satisfied. The monkey is getting a little nudge upwards in rating :)

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


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