Review: Silk Road Teas Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"This is the perfect tea for someone who enjoys some complexity to their tea, but doesn't like all the fake flavors added to tea, or an overwhelming flavor of malt, wood, or smoke! "
Melanie’s Teaview: 8.9/10
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Silk Road Teas is a brand new tea company to me. I really enjoyed browsing their website. It was founded over 16 years ago and they seek out and sell artisan and rare teas from China. They seem to know a lot about choosing teas, and they sell their tea wholesale as well as on their website.
We sell to high-end tea purveyors throughout the United States and Canada. Many of our teas are sold under the label of other companies as we do not brand and package our teas.

They sell a wide variety of teas, and under the flower section they even sell Snow tea - a white lichen that grows on rocks in Yunnan Province.

I was excited to try their Golden Monkey, a Fujian black tea. Here is their description of Golden Monkey:
Our Monkey has everything a high–grade Fujian black tea should offer. Careful plucking of leaf and bud, followed by able processing yields a blend of short dark leaves flecked with golden buds. A full–bodied cup offering rich flavors of malt and a wonderful fragrance. This tea can take milk and sugar. Use 2-3 grams of leaf and steep for 2–3 minutes in water just under boiling.

The tea is beautiful! So curly and a lovely mix of dark and gold - I felt like I was scooping something creatively artistic! It's amazing that this is the natural look of Golden Monkey - it's so beautiful (I don't think I've ever called a tea beautiful before)

I brewed a cup following the directions and enjoyed it. But this morning, I brewed a full pot next to my bed and it was a wonderful experience.

I have a timer on my laptop in bed, and I set the time as soon as I poured the tea and carried the tray to my room. Before the timer went off, I was enjoying the fragrance of the tea. It was clearly a china tea fragrance, with a floral woodsy note.

When the timer went off, I began enjoying a very unique pot of morning black tea. I am so used to Indian blacks, that it took several cups of tea to be able to put into words what my mouth was enjoying.

The flavor was complex, yet not overwhelming. A touch of spice, a touch of woods, a touch of malt, a touch of the outdoors. It was like nothing I have had before!

It took milk and sugar well - any amount I tried, but it has a natural sweetness that doesn't require much sweetener. It was not a "full body" like some of the Indian teas I drink - and yet it tasted smooth and full in the mouth.

This is the perfect tea for someone who enjoys some complexity to their tea, but doesn't like all the fake flavors added to tea, or an overwhelming flavor of malt, wood, or smoke!

I loved this tea and plan on returning to it again and again!

— To purchase Silk Road Teas 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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