This is a new batch of imperial golden monkey that we just got a few weeks ago. It tastes pretty much same as the old batch. But as can be expected when dealing with such complex biological systems these things are never going to be identical. Unless we have lab-grown, hydroponic teas that are exact clones of each other there will always be differences from batch to batch. More rain in one month, less sunshine, more bugs, less bugs, more fertilizer, farmer gets sick, etc, etc. So many factors effect the final product. Anyone who has grown a vegetable garden can attest to the finicky nature of, well, nature. The funny thing is that people expect exact consistency, even though this is nearly impossible to do. Teas are not mass-manufactured consumer products like ipods. There is a reason why companies like Tetley employ expert tea-tasters to ensure that their products taste the same. That being said, when I get teas that are from different batches that taste very, very similar I am always surprised. It attests to the care that the growers and producers have put into these teas; that they really care. This tea has a very, similar flavour profile. It has a slight wine like taste that was absent from the previous batch of tea. But there is more of a dark chocolate flavour compared to our last batch. Delicious. I’ve also brewed this tea for 10 minutes to see how it tastes at its worse. It’s still not bitter, just more malty. This is a great tea for people who are unsure of how to make tea, or who might be a little forgetful, such as myself.
Such a chocolatey, malty, delicious, smooth tasting tea. Just a little more wine like than the last batch. But that’s ok because we are not McDonalds.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Red Wine