Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company

goldenmonkeyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Golden Monkey tea is hand-processed each spring with a careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. It is among the finest Chinese black teas available today. The name comes from its unique appearance: the leaves resemble monkey claws. If you enjoy full-bodied teas with an abundance of flavor, we urge you to give this tea a try. It has a very smooth flavor and brews a golden brown.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is LOVELY!  Of the many pure black teas out there, if I had to choose but one to drink for the rest of my life, I think that a Fujian tea like this Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company would definitely be in the running for that one tea.

I love the rich, full flavor of this Golden Monkey.  It has a strong malty tone with notes of cacao and a delectable caramel-y undertone.  Mmm!  It is sweet and delicious (and cozy!) but it also has the kind of GUSTO that I look for in a black tea.  It’s invigorating enough to get me going when I’m looking for that nudge to wake.

The astringency here is what I’d categorize as mild to moderate.  There is a slight – very slight! – bitter intonation to this cup which suggests to me that perhaps I brewed it a tad too long (3 minutes) and so it is advisable to watch the steep time with this tea.  Next time, I’ll go with 2 1/2 minutes for a smoother cup.

Overall, a very delicious cup of tea.

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