Review: Silk Road Teas Golden Monkey

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I feel very fortunate that there are times when I am tempted to simply sit with a tea sample in my hand for a long time just looking at the leaf. Occasionally a leaf is so beautiful in and of itself that it commands a fair amount of consideration and Silk Road Tea's Golden Monkey offering is that kind of tea. The leaf is stunningly beautiful, medium in length with an even mix of tan and dark chocolate colored leaves with a beautiful reddish dust coating them. The smell of the dry leaf is wonderfully, eye openingly sweet, continuing with notes that are vaguely spicy and sort of a semi dark caramel scent. Sweetness is overwhelming!

I used a heaped teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of freshly boiled water allowed to cool for about a minute before pouring. My first infusion was for three minutes and a second for five. The tea brews to a darker copper color with a golden ring round the edges. The tea is dry and sweet with airy qualities. The flavor is full and glorious, completely non bitter. I find the smoothness of the tea engaging and especially like the dry quality it has. To me, this dry, sort of "airy" quality (I'm at a loss for words, sorry, but I'm somehow reminded of the taste of a baked russet potato) coupled with a sweet, robust and faintly spicy taste really makes this Chinese black tea quite different from Indian origin black teas. Silk Road mentions maltiness being a component of the tea's flavor profile, but this tea is quite unlike a deliciously malty Indian Assam. It's delicious in its own distinct way. A second infusion is excellent as well, a little lighter in color but again with smooth tasting strength and a wonderful natural sweetness. Silk Road Tea's website mentions that this tea will take sweetener and milk well, but I have to say the idea never even crossed my mind.

Very enjoyable indeed! As lovely to drink as to look at, and a treat no matter what!

— 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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