Review: Silk Road Teas Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"The fragrance of the dry tea was amazing, smelling exactly (to my nose, at least) like the finest sweet dark chocolate. If I’d tested this blindfolded, I would have guessed it was flavored with cocoa hulls. It had malty notes, too, all of which boded well. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 10/10
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This was my introduction to Silk Road Teas, and an auspicious one, as I love black teas above all, and Golden Monkey is a rare treat. It hails from China’s Fujian Province and consists of a leaf and bud cluster that have been processed to a rich chocolate brown liberally sprinkled with golden tips. Some Golden Monkeys are pure gold, and these tend to have a lighter body and flavor profile.

The fragrance of the dry tea was amazing, smelling exactly (to my nose, at least) like the finest sweet dark chocolate. If I’d tested this blindfolded, I would have guessed it was flavored with cocoa hulls. It had malty notes, too, all of which boded well.

My mouth was already watering as I weighed out the recommended 3 grams (about one tablespoon) into the infuser and added 8 ounces of 208F water. The instant the hot water hit the leaves the sweet fragrance of malted milk balls wafted up. This was shaping up to be quite a sensory experience!

I let it steep for three minutes. This produced a dark, ruddy brown liquor with a powerful malty fragrance, in fact the most malty of any I’ve encountered to date. The flavor burst across my tongue at the first sip: malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of brown sugar in the sweet finish. It was extremely smooth, rich, and mouth filling. Wow! This was simply the best Golden Monkey I’d had, and one of the finest blacks, for that matter. I could see that this tea was going to put a dent in my credit card in the very near future.

I savored half the cup black, then added a little half and half, since it’s recommended at the website, and I often take my Chinese black tea that way. Although it tasted all right, I thought it muted some of the wonderful complexity of the flavor spectrum. I’d drink this one black and enjoy the full effect.

The final test was to see if I could get another decent cup out of the leaves. So often with blacks you can't. A five minute steep produced a very good cup!

This spectacular black tea is truly a treat for the senses and one of the best Golden Monkeys I’ve encountered. Very invigorating, too. I will certainly be exploring more teas from Silk Road. Highly recommended!

— 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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