|"Downy golden buds brew a complex liquor composed of squash, butter, pepper, and chocolate... not your average black tea."|
Origin: Fujian Provence
Vendor: Mighty Leaf
Price: 3 oz - $14.95
Golden Monkey is a complex black tea from China's Fujian Province with golden-tipped leaves meticulously picked by hand in the Spring. The Golden Monkey infusion opens with the aroma of autumn leaves and delivers a rich nutty flavor with a caramel finish.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Gong Fu
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Water Temp: Boiling
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Rinse: 5 s
1. 10 s
2. 11 s
3. 15 s
4. 20 s
5. 1 min
1. chocolate, squash, butter, pepper
2. peppered chocolate
3. smooth squash & chocolate body, pepper aftertaste
4. pepper topnote, buttered squash body
5. subdued woody flavor
1. squashy body with a peppery tinge, buttery
2. buttered squash body without a peppery tinge
3. sweet, complex honey
4. pepper topnote, chocolate body, squash finish
5. subdued woody aroma
Contrary to popular opinion, I have always felt that the Gong Fu method greatly accentuates the diverse flavor profile of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dian HongÃ¢â‚¬Â black teas (Golden Monkey is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“dian hongÃ¢â‚¬Â). Just as I predicted, utilizing Gong Fu greatly assisted me in identifying the particular flavors composing this tea. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dian HongÃ¢â‚¬Â is not like any black tea you have tried before. Whereas most black teas have a relatively simple flavor profile, the profile of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dian HongÃ¢â‚¬Â is complex. If you predominately drink black tea, but wish to branch out into the world of oolongs and pu-erh, I would highly recommend trying any Ã¢â‚¬Å“dian hongÃ¢â‚¬Â you can get your hands on.
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