|"Starting out with a malty flavor like any good Yunnan, one is left with peppery aftertaste that really wakes up the senses."|
When I recently ordered some teas from Teas Etc, they very kindly included a sample of their Organic Golden Monkey. This tea received the honor of being the 2nd place Yunnan at the 2009 World Tea Championships and it is easy to see why. The beautiful golden twisted leaves give off a malty aroma tempered with a touch of chocolate. The aroma alone is enough to make my mouth water.
I brewed up this tea according to the instructions on my sample using boiling water poured over 1 ½ teaspoons for 12 ounces of water. The directions called for a steep of 4 to 5 minutes, so I split it in the middle and steeped my sample for 4 ½ minutes. The result was a liquor of a rich reddish gold color that brought to mind a piece of Baltic Amber. The malty aroma continues but the chocolate has faded away to just a whisp.
The flavor is pure ambrosia. Teas Etc's Golden Monkey is such a hearty flavorful tea, that it really supports the fantasy of living on tea. And for a professed tea junkie, this is a great fantasy. Starting out with a malty flavor like any good Yunnan, one is left with peppery aftertaste that really wakes up the senses. The mouth feel of this tea is also hearty, almost as though one was drinking broth. Who needs food when you have Golden Monkey?
This tea stands up wonderfully to multiple infusions which is a good thing as I am hoarding my sample as a miser with his gold. But once it is gone, I know that I will be picking up some more. This is almost the perfect tea to wake up with and I can’t imagine not having some around to enjoy. My only disappointment was that the chocolate that I picked up in the dry aroma didn't translate into any taste.
January is National Hot Tea Month and I recommend that anyone that enjoys black tea, celebrate our month with some of Tea Etc’s Organic Golden Monkey. Be sure to check out their other offerings also. They have some great ones!
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