Review: White August Tea Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!" That delicious taste of the solid apricot finish was the thing that really sold this one to me. I generally prefer my Golden Monkey to give up some prevalent dark chocolate notes. This one is AWOL on the dark chocolate notes, but the intoxicating combination of honey, caramel and apricots is a winner in my book."
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"This stunning Chinese black tea is among the finest in the world. Each spring the tea leaves are carefully plucked of only one leaf and one bud, resembling a monkey claw. The beautiful twisted golden leaves yield a full bodied tea with a soft apricot finish." ---White August Website.

After a solid workout at the gym today and a healthy lunch, I found myself with a bit of a sweet tooth that wanted satisfying. Despite the fact that I have a rather extensive collection of dessert teas in my cupboards, some Golden Monkey was sounding good. Golden Monkey is one of my go-to pure teas that I drink on a fairly regular basis. I love everything about Golden Monkey. They are typically malty, not astringent, smooth and known for their rather dominant notes of dark chocolate and/or caramel. What is not to love?

I prepared this according to the recommended brewing instructions, which called for 195 degree water temp and a 3.5 infusion. A close cousin to Yunnan black teas, this one actually reminds me a bit more of a Golden Yunnan black than the epitome of a Golden Monkey proper. The prepared cup is most delicious though and I enjoyed it completely unadulterated. I almost think it would be a crime to add milk or sugar to this one The body of the tea falls in the light-medium category. It is very malty, which is one of the things that I love about Golden Monkey, and Yunnans for that matter. It gave up nice notes of honey and caramel, and delivered the delicious apricot finish as promised by White August. That delicious taste of the solid apricot finish was the thing that really sold this one to me. I generally prefer my Golden Monkey to give up some prevalent dark chocolate notes. This one is AWOL on the dark chocolate notes, but the intoxicating combination of honey, caramel and apricots is a winner in my book. This one is sans the leather and wood notes that accompany many black teas, so if you like the heaviness that they deliver, then this one might not be for you.

White August's Golden Monkey is an impressive black tea offering in my book and one that I would gladly buy and reach for again. I would warn folks that are looking to purchase a high quality Golden Monkey looking for it to deliver those dark chocolate notes that so often accompany them, that this one might not be your first choice. However, if you are looking for a delicious quality black tea that gives off notes of caramel, honey and a fruity finish, then this one is a good choice. I thoroughly enjoyed those attributes, as well as, the maltiness and the tea's relative lack of heaviness. This one has a bit of a price tag at nearly $25 for a 50 gram bag. However, the leaf is clearly quality and it offers a unique twist to the typical Golden Monkey blends. I would consider splurging on this one.

— To purchase White August Tea 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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