Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The tea has a natural sweetness that, although subtle, hints at cocoa or caramel flavors that underlie the general and more prominent maltiness. If you like Golden Monkey tea and/or are looking for a robust black tea, this tea's for you."|
The first thing that impressed me about my sample of KTeas Golden Monkey is the color. When they say golden, they weren't kidding. The long, wiry leaves are various shades of light brown and yellows, almost having a golden mustard-colored tinge to them. This Yunnan-based tea is USDA certified organic and the KTeas website states 'Don't mistake this for lower grade teas of this type. This is a premium grade golden monkey that is not to be missed!". The dry blend has a rich malty aroma that promised a decent cup of tea. I prepared several cups of this tea using just-boiling water and infusion times ranging from three to four minutes. Each cup was equally delicious, indicating that this tea isn't a high-maintenance tea and doesn't require high-precision brewing operations. The tea has a natural sweetness that, although subtle, hints at cocoa or caramel flavors that underlie the general and more prominent maltiness. This tea definitely holds its own as a robust and satisfying tea. I found it to offer just the right level of depth and body without being too heavy. I didn't have any desire to add milk or sugar to this one, but it is a sturdy enough brew that I think it would take either or both of these just fine. KTeas writes of this tea's lingering finish, and I certainly agree with them. The finish was detectable in terms of the flavor as well as the substance. The malty flavor had a crisp astringency that endured on my tongue long after I finished a sip, while I could also enjoy the filling mouthfeel that this tea provided. If you like Golden Monkey tea and/or are looking for a robust black tea, I would highly recommend KTeas Golden Monkey. This tea is a little bit more costly (but not excessively so) than some of their other offerings, but this one seems well worth it.
— To purchase KTeas 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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