Golden Monkey

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Black Tea
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Hay, Malt, Cocoa, Sour, Baked Bread, Sweet, Wet Earth, Creamy, Wet Moss, Wet wood, Earth, Apricot, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Honey, Pecan
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 g 13 oz / 380 ml

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  • “I have to be out the door for a rehearsal in 15 minutes. Usually I’m still in my room doing yoga right now. So I’m attempting to shove food in my face & get some caffeine going too. According...” Read full tasting note
  • “My first impression – not as good as Harney and Sons Golden Monkey but twice the price. Sticking with Harney and Sons. It does have some of the character of Harney’s GM, but I don’t think it is...” Read full tasting note
  • “I missed you, Steepster. And really, I’m not back yet. I’m still down south, where I’ve been since the 22nd (and somehow it’s still absolutely freezing outside…why do I feel cheated?). I was...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m bumping this ones rating up a bit because it’s a solidly nice tea. I finally have a day off work, and I’m trying to organize my teas a bit and give some away which I know I will never get...” Read full tasting note

From Teavana

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

How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees and steep for 2-3 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Pure Chinese black tea (from Fujian province).

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104 Tasting Notes

1 tasting notes

This is the first loose leaf tea I’ve purchased. I find it rather tasty, though it tapers of rather quickly in subsequent steepings. At any rate, I don’t plan to get it again because Teavana was way too aggressive when I was trying to buy it, but it was a decent first selection over all, I think.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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25 tasting notes

Well I guess this is kind of a sad story. When I first wanted to get loose leaf tea, of course i went to Teavana. I walked out of there with 8 oz ( I think the guy told me it would last me 1 month…. I guess if I was drinking 5 or 10 cups a day…) of this tea. Not that it’s a bad tea, it actually made me realize that I love a good straight black, but it’s still sitting there months and months later. On teavivre, I could of got more acclaimed tea and for cheaper, I think theirs is about half the price of Teavana.
Other than that, like I said its a good tea, just dont buy it from this company.

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21 tasting notes

I was distressed on a recent trip home to discover that Teavana has discontinued my beloved Celestial Temple Peaks. When asked what they had that was similar, they produced this Golden Monkey, which is twice as expensive and not quite as good. But the dry leaf smelled about the same as the Celestial Temple Peaks, so I bought some.

The leaf for this has less buds in it than I would like. The tea itself has the honey taste that I like in my black tea, but also has a malty note of which I’m not particularly fond. It also has a tendency to get a bit astringent.

Over all, I prefer it to Verdant’s Zhu Rong Yunnan Black, which was big on the malty taste profile, but not as well as Temple Peaks. I anticipate that I will now have to be on a quest for a new black tea.

(Sorry not to elaborate on the taste profile more. I’ve drunk this maybe half a dozen times now, so I figured it was time for a note, but I believe I’m coming down with something so it doesn’t taste quite right today.)

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21 tasting notes

I have Golden Monkey mixed with a bit of Citrus Lavender Sage, and although delicious, I’m not willing to spend so much money on Teavana tea again.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

I sprang for this during Teavana’s recent post-holiday clearance event, and while I ultimately found this a perfectly suitable and enjoyable tea, I wouldn’t purchase it at it’s regular (and rather ridiculous) price point. (My first Teavana store shopping experience was also rather uninspiring, but I suppose I’m digressing, and disappointment is probably what I deserve for daring to venture outside of the house.)

The post-steeping color was a gorgeous coppery brown, and the smell malty and slightly fruity. The teamaker’s notes about the lack of astringency are certainly true. In fact, the smoothness caught me off guard. Granted, I usually drink very strong Assams tanned with whole milk, but this tea is smooth and pretty when plain. The second steeping was more floral and even smoother, but still not the best I’ve had.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

This is my standard go-to tea right now for when I’m not in the mood for anything specific. This Golden Monkey from Teavana is your typical second-flush tippy tea from Yunnan or Fujian (in this case, Fujian), heavy in golden tips. Because of this, the astringency is very low, which makes it a perfect choice for people who don’t like a bitter tea (just be sure not to steep it for too too long) – the taste is sweet and mellow, and needs nothing added. I would definitely suggest this to people who might not normally be so keen on black teas as well. Has a very nice golden brown color when brewed – taste, smell, and appearance, just a great and relaxing tea, and a good standard choice.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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171 tasting notes

This is a good black tea. I try to have it twice a week. It has a nice simple black tea flavor.

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2 tasting notes

This is a great workhorse of a tea. A nice light caffeine kick to get you started in the morning that is very forgiving to over/under steeping and temperature. Pairs well with bananas oddly. Re-steeping the leaves once lends itself to a very similar flavor as the first, but the third you’ll notice some flavor changes and I find to be refreshing. I wouldn’t recommend any further than three, as it becomes tea colored water, but no off-taste is extracted so I do it occasionally if I just want something warm. It is not an exciting tea, or particularly unique, but it does what it does very well and I was content to reach for it.
Like a good golden, the smell and taste of hay is at the forefront. A very light sweetness, I would describe as malt, and low acidity makes this an excellent choice for those that take their tea without milk or sugar.
Here’s the thing – at $10 an ounce, this is an expensive tea. I don’t think it lives up to the price point, even internally. the Indonesian Gold I got at the same time is very similar and almost half as expensive.

Flavors: Hay, Malt

2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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5 tasting notes

I’m bewildered by the sour notes I’m picking up in this tea. I don’t know, maybe it’s too sophisticated for me. Save your money and buy Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black instead.

Flavors: Cocoa, Sour

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331 tasting notes

Finished this off at work. Decent malty black that did well at work. Not one I’d restock as I have other teas at home that taste better and were cheaper. I try to avoid giving Teavana any money for tea.

Their gravity steepers are awesome though!

Flavors: Malt

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