|"A little bit of smoke, a little bit of malt and a little bit of a rich dark chocolate."|
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.
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