Received from Teavivre as a sample, Golden Monkey brightened my drab winter afternoon.
The narrow dark threads of the dry leaf (with a few brown mixed in) smelled of chocolate and malt, with a slight hint of tobacco. After steeping yielded a gold-red liquor, which tasted of honey, malt, sweet potato and mellowed fruit, silky on the tongue, not bitter in any way.
While not as favored as Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip (which I rate at 100), this is still an excellent fine-bodied, warming black.

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