Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
This stunning Chinese black tea is among the finest in the world. Each spring the tea leaves are carefully plucked of only one leaf and one bud, resembling a monkey claw. The beautiful twisted golden leaves yield a full bodied tea with a soft apricot finish.
I have to agree with WhiteAugust Tea’s assessment – this tea is definitely stunning! It is incredibly smooth and rich and oh-so-good!
The aroma of the brewed tea is pleasant with hints of honey and spice as well as a deep earthy quality. There is also a hint of fruit and freshly baked bread within its fragrance. It’s one of those warm, comforting scents that begs to be tasted.
The flavor is incredibly rewarding. It is a complex tea, with layers of sweetness that reflect tones of both caramel and honey. There is a raisin-y sweetness to it too. A very pleasant malty tone to this tea. There are layers of earth, spice and smoke, as well as a woodsy taste. All of these flavors meld into a warm, smooth taste (I get no bitterness from this cup at all), finishing with a light, drying astringency and imparting a wine-like aftertaste that is sweet with notes of fruit with a whisper of smoke. A very pleasurable tea experience, this Golden Monkey.
Because of the warmth of this tea (almost what I would call an autumnal tea), I prefer it served hot. It has a very agreeable level of sweetness to it, so I suggest tasting it before you sweeten it – you may find that it is plenty sweet without the addition.
Another tea LOVE from WhiteAugust Tea!