|"Very surprising Golden Monkey that is a very pleasant change from the norm. "|
The first thing that strikes me about this sample is the coloring. It is pure gold. I am accustomed to this style tea having golden tips but this particular tea is nothing but the golden tips. High quality indeed. The aroma is malty mixed with chocolate. It reminds of that theater candy that I so loved as a kid.
White August's website doesn't include brewing instructions which is a disappointment as this isn't an inexpensive tea. Perhaps an oversite that can be remedied in the future. So I set out to brew up my sample using my standard black tea practices using one of my one cup sample envelopes, boiling water and a steep time of three minutes.
The liquor is a rich golden brown with a malty aroma. The sense of chocolate has fade which is a slight disappointment. The taste however.... This is a medium bodied tea that is smooth with just a faint astringency at the back of the throat. It has the expected maltiness but none of the chocolately flavor that is the norm for this style tea. But what it does have is a surprise. There is a fruity aftertaste, almost a cross between an apricot and a peach, that is very delightful.
This tea has been a surprise all the way around but one that I am very happy that I discovered. I don't think that this Golden Monkey will replace my old standby but I am thinking seriously about picking some up for a treat. This tea won't be available until after February 28th but you can bet that I will be picking some up soon after.
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