Review: Silk Road Teas Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"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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Silk Road Teas specializes in Chinese tea offerings, focusing on only the finest hand-made offerings from single source estates.They've been doing so for 16 years. They source their teas direct and occasionally supply high-end shops, hotel, restaurants, etc. throughout North America. Intriguingly, they do not brand or package their teas, so the tea is occasionally sold under the label of other companies. That said, there's a chance you (and/or I) have had this tea before, but not known it!

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.

— 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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