Review: Andao Organic Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"A little bit of smoke, a little bit of malt and a little bit of a rich dark chocolate."
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andaogoldenmonkeyAfter getting off work today, my goal was to have an enjoyable cup to tea before me and my husband head out to the movies. I really wanted some caffeine so I headed for my black tea and found a sample that I had forgotten. And boy, am I am glad that I came across it. Rather than an enjoyable cup of tea, I instead was blessed with a superb one.

Andao’s Organic Golden Monkey was grown in the Fujian Province and was picked in the spring of 2008. It is certified organic by the USDA which gives it a good mark in my book. The tea is a blend of golden buds and wiry light brown leaves. The dry aroma reminds me slightly of malt balls as it has that malty scent with just a tinge of chocolate.

I brewed this tea using boiling water that was allowed to cool for a minutes and let it steep for 30 seconds. The resulting liquor is a rich golden brown almost the color of clover honey. The aroma is still malty with that hint of chocolate.

Now on to the best part, the taste test. I have to admit that this tea knocked me for a loop. It is just that good. It is a little bit of smoke, a little bit of malt and a little bit of a rich dark chocolate. All the things that I have been searching for in a plain black tea and have not been able to find until now. Another thing that really surprised me was the creamy, just slightly oily feel that remains in my mouth after a sip. I have found this is good oolongs but never in a black tea.

As you can tell, this tea has hooked me. My only disappointment is that Andao is all sold out of their Organic Golden Monkey. I will be keeping an eye out for the next batch and crossing my fingers that it is as good.

— To purchase Andao Organic Golden Monkey, 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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