|"I prepared both a second and third infusion of this and I would have to say that the second infusion stole the show and was my favorite of the three. It had everything in it that I liked about the first infusion plus if you closed your eyes it had a creamy taste---almost like what you would find if you added a splash of dairy to the cup."|
Ah! At last I get to have my Golden Monkey fix. Lemme be clear, I LOVE Golden Monkey. It is hands down my favorite of all plain black teas, which is not surprising since I love Yunnan blacks in general. For anyone not experienced with them, Golden Monkey is a Yunnan with these delicious chocolatey notes. Anyway, my personal stash is currently lacking a good Golden Monkey and I have been seeking the right one to add to it. The problem is that many tea companies are currently out of stock on Golden Monkey and waiting for the 2010 crop to come in. Out of the ones that I have found in stock lately, none of them have wowed me to the point that I was compelled to purchase them.
The Teas Etc website mentions that the previous harvest of this tea took 2nd Place at the 2009 World Tea Championship Signature Famous Teas, Hot Tea Class. Obviously, these leaves are not the award winning leaves and I cannot compare or determine whether these leaves produce a cup as good as or better than the previous harvest. However, I can tell you that they brew up a delicious cup of tea! The long wiry leaves are golden in color and quite tippy. I prepared my cup using water heated to a full boil and infused the leaves for a full 5 min. The thing that I found most striking about this cup is that it is very S-M-O-O-T-H! As in the smoothness that you typically find in a high quality tea leaves. That smoothness alone will cover the price of admission on this one. The cup is a bit malty and does offer up some delicious notes of both cocoa and caramel---though the caramel ones mostly present themselves as the liquid cools. This one is not as earthy as some Golden Monkeys I have tried. It also has almost no spicy/peppery finish that you often find in Yunnans. I don't necessary find that to be a bad thing as I drink Golden Monkey for it's smoothness, malt and chocolate notes. I drink a Yunnan proper for the spicy/peppery finish. This one is also not as hearty as some that I've tried so if you are looking for a super hearty and earthy version of Golden Monkey, then you might want to look elsewhere.
I prepared both a second and third infusion of this and I would have to say that the second infusion stole the show and was my favorite of the three. It had everything in it that I liked about the first infusion plus if you closed your eyes it had a creamy taste---almost like what you would find if you added a splash of dairy to the cup. However, despite the taste, it didn't really leave behind a creamy mouthfeel, which I found a bit unusual as it seems like it would. The third infusion was a bit weak to my tastes and I never ended up finishing that cup. However, it did give up a solid two and that is enough to please me. At $16.95 for three oz, this is a cuppa of delicious caramel and chocolate goodness and I consider this one to be a steal! Thumbs way up!
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