Review: White August Tea Golden Monkey

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Thumbs up!"Very surprising Golden Monkey that is a very pleasant change from the norm. "
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While my normal standby tea is an oolong, there are sometimes that nothing will satisfy as much as a good black tea. My normal go to in that case is a golden monkey. There is just something about the richness of the flavor and the cocoa undertones that just makes everything right in my day. As I was reaching for my golden monkey this morning, I remembered that I actually had a sample of some to try out.

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.

— 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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3 Responses to “Review: White August Tea Golden Monkey”

  1. Matt Graham Says:

    Hi Shaiha,
    I just wanted to comment on your note about the brewing instructions. My apologies that they didn’t get included with the samples. Rest assured that all of our packaging comes with the appropriate instructions. I will also look at adding the instructions to the website, although we do have some guidelines on the website under the Tips and FAQ tab. Thanks for the review!

    Matthew Graham, Owner
    WhiteAugust Tea Company

  2. Shaiha Says:

    Oh you are more then welcome. What a delicious surprise!

    And what I meant about brewing instructions is that if I am going to spend more for a tea, I really prefer the individualized brewing instructions to really make that particular tea shine.

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