Review: Tao Tea Leaf Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"A very smooth and full bodied example of a Golden Monkey. Delicious! Highly recommended!"
Shaiha’s Teaview: 9.2/10
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I survived hopefully the only snow storm this winter. Oh wait. It isn't even winter yet. Well anyways, I am looking forward to a couple days and celebrating by sampling some Golden Monkey this evening.

I haven't made a secret of the fact that Golden Monkey happens to be one of my favorite black teas and I am always up to trying a new one. This one comes to me from Tao Tea Leaf which is a Canadian company. I don't tend to see very many of those around so I am always happy to run across them.

For a black tea, this one is simply stunning. Long thin leaves in the colors of gold and olive green. I would say that the ration is about 40% gold to 60% olive. A lot more gold presence than my ever day golden monkey. The aroma is malty with a faint hints of cut grass.

I made this tea up using my IngeniTea brewer. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaves to 12 ounces of boiling water let cool for a couple minutes. I let it steep for 3 minutes. I did make the mistake of not reading the recommendations first for the time but it all worked out. The resulting liquor is a pale golden brown with a wet nose of malt and clover honey.

I do have to say that all the extra gold sure makes a difference. This has to be one of the better Golden Monkey teas that I have tried. Very smooth tea that is full bodied. You pick up the flavors of honey, malt, and a light caramel taste. The texture is rather creamy for a black tea. This is the first time I have tried this variety of black tea and didn't pick up bits of a cocoa flavor but I didn't feel as though I was missing out in the least.

I really enjoyed this tea and probably would stock it if it was sold in a larger quantity then 25 grams especially if there was a price break for purchasing it that way. Though they do carry a lot of interesting teas so as a treat I can see myself tossing some into the cart.

— To purchase Tao Tea Leaf 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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2 Responses to “Review: Tao Tea Leaf Golden Monkey”

  1. Flock of Tea Cosy Says:

    Tao’s Golden Monkey is my current favorite tea — and having explored a few other G.M. samples from elsewhere, as lovely as they were, Tao’s is surely the best. It’s a very high grade of G.M. Light fluffy dry leaves with LOTS of fuzzy golden pekoe showing, and fantastic caramel/toffee flavour notes. Yum!

    My Rating: 10/10

  2. Shaiha Says:

    I was rather impressed with it.

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