|"For a delicious, easily drinkable cup of very fine black tea, I would not hesitate to reach for this tea just about every time."|
Golden Monkey tea is sourced in the Fujian and Yunnan provinces of China, and is distinctive as only the first bud and leaf are hand-picked (once by Monkeys, as legend has it, due to the difficulty in human hands performing the work, thus the common name).
The aroma of the dried leaf is excellent - a light caramel sweetness underlies the toasty malt scent. The leaves are obviously carefully selected, each individual leaf giving a gnarled, braid-like appearance of uniform size and quality, an apparent 50/50 blend of golden buds and ebony twists.
The initial splash of just-below-boiling water begets an immediate amber liquor, deepening in intensity only ever-so-slightly over 2.5 minutes. Once steeped, the tea exudes a bolder version of the same intoxicating aroma from the dried leaf. The palette detects the tea's woody properties up front, lending way quickly to the malty flavor, and a nice, sweet finish that lingers. As Golden Monkey teas go, this one is an excellent choice. The fact that the flavor is marginally less subtle than some other comparable teas may work in its favor. For a delicious, easily drinkable cup of very fine black tea, I would not hesitate to reach for this tea just about every time.
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