Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A tea that is sweet and slightly malty, and while I can see it having a devoted following, I am not sure it will be a hit with those that like a sturdy black tea.
Golden Monkey Paw is a black tea that hails from the Wuyi mountains of the Fujian Province. The leaves are long and wiry and have an impressive array of black and golden hues. According to California Tea House’s website, this tea is so named because the leaves resemble a monkey’s paw. My response to this is: really? Long, wiry, leaves look like a monkey’s paw? I hope that CTH is referring to the opened leaves, otherwise I might have to question what other substances besides tea were being consumed during this tea naming process! Anyway, all jokes aside, this tea is an interesting brew. The tea is sweet in a way that vaguely reminds me of honey or apricots. No additional sugar or sweeteners were necessary. I could taste just the tiniest hint of a malty flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, the tea has a light and clean flavor about it, so I can see it being appropriate for drinking throughout the day. It is not at all heavy, as some black teas can be. For those that like a heavy-bodied brew, such as for a morning wake-up cup, I would suggest using more leaves than usually used for black tea, as this tea seems to be fairly light, possibly weak, when compared to other black teas. My overall impression of this tea is that it is sweet and slightly malty, and while it is a tea that I can see having a devoted following, I am not sure it will be a hit with those that like a sturdy black tea.
— To purchase California Tea House Golden Monkey Paw, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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