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

9 tasting notes

I love this tea. Really smooth and rich, but not too heavy.

EDIT: This tea is EVERYTHING. Love. Love. Love. I’ve tried 2 other ‘golden monkey’ loose leaf teas from other retailers and so far this one is the smoothest. It’s near impossible for me to over-brew, this never turns bitter on me, and carries a lot of flavor through several steepings. Love it so hard.

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18 tasting notes

It is definitely like an English Breakfast tea just without that taste. You know that taste (or aftertaste) I’m talking about. Just smoother.

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2 tasting notes

Another sample from a friend. I love the scent of it…reminds me very much of the Japanese onion soup I love at the local hibachi, for some bizarre reason. Earthy, I guess! Taste is smooth and malty, with that hint of wet earth so apparent in the scent. Would definitely drink again, but would like to check out other brands as I hear there is better golden monkey for the price. Still, a nice cup!

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2 tasting notes

I wasn’t very impressed but it wasn’t bad. Just fell a little flat for me.

Flavors: Wet Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15 tasting notes

My favorite black tea. It brews a dark brown. A nice, smooth, “straight black tea” scent. Flavor is very strong – malty with a bit of chocolate. I recommend letting it cool off a bit before enjoying; some of the more subtle flavors make their way out.

I refrain from giving it a score of 100 simply because this tea can be a bit on the strong side (and watering it down simply kills the flavor). I drink it to wake up in the morning, but usually choose something lighter for the afternoon and evening. I also noticed that my most recent batch had a slightly different flavor than the last batch – not quite as malty, and maybe a little smoky?

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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16 tasting notes

Dont understand some of the negative reviews on this one as far as my cup goes it was rather tasty. Of course there are better teas and this was a pricey oz, but I still find it enjoyably smooth and complex.

Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Wet Moss, Wet wood

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Ost was nice enough to share this. I really did drink this some time ago. I just now ran across my tasting note that I jotted down while at work! :)

I may have oversteeped but this isn’t going to be my thing. I like my GM smooth and sweet. This was very harsh with a smoky smell and an ashy taste. Glad to have tried it but it’s another Teavana that I don’t need to worry about getting any of!

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18 tasting notes

Not a fan. I tried long steeps, short steeps, lots of leaf, little leaf, but no. I do not like this tea. I don’t like the flavor.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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340 tasting notes

I had planned to bring some tea home with me for the holidays (I have a whole 2 weeks to spend with my parents, which is lovely) and then I completely forgot. So while in Thunder Bay on the way home I picked up a couple of sampler tins from the International House of Tea – the Black Tea Sampler, and the Premium Tea Sampler. They were okay, but all the black teas in the sampler are Indian, and I find I’ve been craving a good malty Chinese black tea recently. We don’t have a lot of options for loose leaf tea in this area, so while out running some errands with my mom today I decided to brave the Teavana in the mall to see if they might have anything. I ordered a cup of the Golden Monkey to try it out – I didn’t see how much tea she put in, or what the water temperature was, but she steeped it for 3min.

It wasn’t bad, though it definitely wasn’t anywhere near the best I’ve tried of this type of tea. It was malty, with a bit of sweet potato. The girl in the store claimed it has chocolate notes, but I didn’t get any of that at all. There was a bit of bitterness that I didn’t like – I wonder if it would have been better steeped at a slightly lower temperature. The 16oz cup turned out to be a little over $5, which I felt was crazy, and I definitely wasn’t about to pay $16 for 50g of it, which is the smallest quantity they’d sell me. I guess I’ll just have to wait… I ordered some tea from Tealux’s Boxing Day sale for my parents, so hopefully it arrives soon. :)


I miss International House of Tea. I don’t know if they still do it, but when I lived there years ago, they had a tea room that I went to all the time for tea and scones. We don’t have anything similar here in Winnipeg and that makes me sad.

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15 tasting notes

First tasting note, so thank you for your understanding if I do something wrong? LOL I don’t know. Anyway I bought this a long time ago because it smelled really good and was recommended by the Teavana staff, but am just now getting to it. First I tried it with a little bit of milk and sweetener; my friends said I might like it better that way beause I am new to tea. But the cup I’m having now is just plain and I like it better this way. So far so good, I think. Am looking forward to see how it tastes with another steep! And this time I won’t accidentally oversteep it (meant to do only 2:30 but ended up at about 3:00).

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Ohh 30 seconds over isn’t too bad. I am terrible with oversteeping. xD I always oversteep things my a couple minutes, so don’t feel too bad-haha!
Also, congrats onthe first tasting note!





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