Golden Monkey Black Tea

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Black Tea
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Burnt, Dried Fruit, Oak wood, Smoke, Wet Wood, Malt, Cocoa, Roasted, Sweet, Bitter, Honey
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 6 g 9 oz / 278 ml

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The finest China black from the Fujian province. This smooth tea with complex chocolaty undertones is extremely low in tannins, yet rich in flavor.

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73 tasting notes

I happened to get this tea on a whim during Teavana’s big annual tea sale, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I would agree with others who have noted that they couldn’t really detect any chocolate flavor, but it was sweet and malty and altogether wonderful so I can’t complain.

I only wish I had more…sadly that stash of tea is long gone. I enjoyed each and every cup I drank, and the fond memory still remains with me. I will have to get this one again someday, although my priority is for teas that are organic, whenever possible, so we’ll see.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Although teavana irritates me to death, this is an essential black tea for any tea fan out there.

Ovy Ortega

I know what you mean. They sell tea like used cars and bought by Starbucks. Now that does give me a certain tea bitterness.

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10 tasting notes

Ok, this is weird. My second steep of this Monkey has far outweighed the first. It has no bite, surely no caffeeine, but it has bloomed incredibly. The malt and maple are deeper now and I sense something more than the original tea itself. The color is the same, perhaps lighter, more red than black. But the taste is the same but without the caffeine film.
It could be that the caffeine masks the full flavor of tea?
Can it be that the shadow is better than the caster?

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14 tasting notes

This is how black teas should taste. Although I am drinking it with Earl Grey White Tea by Teavana which makes a good mix since the bergamot makes a transition of simple black tea into some sort of breakfast tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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36 tasting notes

Grabbed a sample, so lets toss it in!

My leaf was mainly black, with only a couple leafs having golden hairs on them. Some people consider that to be an indicator of ‘low quality’ tea, but it also may not be such an indicator. Just something I thought to bring up.

7g, 180mL, 200F with a wash.

Dry Aroma: like other yunnan blacks. A little dark, with mainly burnt fruit notes. A bit of wood as well

Wet aroma: Dark, wet wood, oak, burnt apple, dried fruits, a bit smokey

Colour: A nice whiskey-orange, enters ruby red if you do longer steeps.

So onto the taste profile.

Texture: I’d say in between smooth and rough, and it’s very “coaty”. Really sticks to your mouth everywhere. A bit of astringency at the back of the tongue, but almost none in the throat nor tip of tongue at the first steeps. Afterwards, everything gets drier and drier.

Flavour: Quite smokey actually. Tastes very similar to the aroma: smokey, very slightly woody, but the dried/burnt fruit notes are pretty much hidden. The flavour isn’t complex nor bright, just feels a bit damp and flat.

On later steeps, the flavour is mainly a mild smokeyness with a bit of wet wood and a very very faint hint of dried prune.

If you’re in the mood for a mild smokey black tea, then this is one you might consider. But other than that, I can’t see anything special about it. The more you drink, the drier your mouth. Rather flat taste and doesn’t feel like it has much “life” to it like other teas. Not impressed with this tea, but again it’s decent if you want a mild smokey tea to sip.

Flavors: Burnt, Dried Fruit, Oak wood, Smoke, Wet Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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12 tasting notes

Amazing black tea. Very nice and smooth. But very expensive.

Flavors: Malt

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5 tasting notes

A simple, malty tea good for anytime.

Flavors: Malt, Roasted, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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17 tasting notes

Tasty tea. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

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650 tasting notes

So, I went by the Teavana again. Mainly because I had time before the bus again. I was curious, and they had this sample. Don’t really like the way they do their teas in store sometimes. It smelled vaguely like cocoa. Though the flavour came across as a bit bitter, and it was not really the right temperature for me. At least I got to try it free.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa


free tea. bonus!


Do they sell samples in store? I have only been in a store twice and never felt the need to buy – but I probably would buy a few samples, just to see what I thought.

Lariel of Lórien

Not for sale, but they do have brewed samples to try in store.

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168 tasting notes

A fine black tea, with good flavour and good aroma, it has cocoa undertones and I would say a slightly honey taste to it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey


This one is really tasty!

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