Review: Tao Tea Leaf Golden Monkey

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Its OK"malty and nutty in flavor, although overall weak in strength of flavor"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
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Tao Tea Leaf's Golden Monkey is described on their website as their most popular black tea. This tea is of Fujian origins. The leaves are very skinny and wiry, being tightly curled and in various shades of browns and blacks with golden streaks throughout. The dry blend is not overly fragrant, but does hint at malty and cocoa notes. I prepared my tea using boiling water and a little less than 4 minutes of steeping. The liquid was surprisingly pale in color and what I would describe as a light coppery brown. My initial impression was that this tea was malty and nutty in flavor, although overall weak in strength of flavor. This was a decent medium-bodied brew, but it did feel watered down a bit. I had used a decent amount of tea leaves for the small cup of tea I had prepared, but now know that this tea requires a larger leaf volume than one may normally use when preparing black tea. I would recommend this to those that prefer a lighter-bodied tea and perhaps one with a milder flavor. This tea was sweet and what I would consider a self-drinker, but for those seeking a drink with a little more "oomph", I would recommend adding milk and/or sugar.

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