China Golden Monkey (Fujian)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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(No.510) A sweet cocoa fragrance emerges from the bag and the leaves exhibit a color spectrum of dark brown to auburn. Our new harvest is much tippier than our last, adding to its complexity and depth. The liquor has the soft, rich sweetness of a bittersweet cocoa and imparts a savory lingering aftertaste. Recommendations: Use 1 heaping tsp. per 6 oz. cup; heat fresh water to a roaring boil. Steep for 4 min. Good for multiple infusions.

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411 tasting notes

Num. This is a nice, light, yummy tea.

We came home early, due to the snow, so that means I can have some non-decaf tea! (I limit caffenated tea to work or on the weekends so I can actually sleep).

Asking the hubby what he wanted, he wanted Golden Monkey. Possibly so he could make monkey noises as I brewed it, but also likely because we both like this one.

It’s not a heavy tea, and today I tried it with milk and sugar, and it’s downright fruity. I can taste the cocoa notes as well.

This is the last from my sampler pack. I will likely order more once the tea shelf isn’t stuffed to the gills.

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Haha! I think I’d like your hubby. I saw a cute monkey yixing on amazon that I’d like to devote to monkey picked oolongs:)

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355 tasting notes

Lighter than I thought it would be, with very little malt and a slight aftertaste of bittersweet cocoa. Good way to start off the day.

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215 tasting notes

Boiling water 3 min, resteeped 4 min. The liquor is red-amber, rosy, almost orange — a beautiful shade — with a chocolate aroma. I am tasting caramel, toasted almond, bittersweet cacao, with a sweet plum finish. A perfect accompaniment to the Walkers shortbread I brought home yesterday!

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Sounds wonderful! I’m going to have to try that!


You make it sound so delicious! :D

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144 tasting notes

The aroma is of fresh black tea and soft malt and the initial taste is subtly floral, bright and not terribly imposing. The back end carries the same light malt and cocoa as the aroma and lingers perfectly.

Very easy, elegant Chinese black with just enough body so as not to bore the drinker but rather retain in him a refined and relaxed interest for the duration of at least a pot.

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6 tasting notes

Excellent. it’s always so smooth. I tend to describe this tea as “buttery” but I don’t think that gives people the right impression. This is a very nice tea and if you treat it right it’s not astringent at all. I like to brew it a bit cooler and shorter than the instructions suggest and I swish the infusion basket to make sure that the leaves are unfurling fully.

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I think I understand the “buttery” description. It’s just so thick and smooth. Maybe it’s the mouth feel? I’m pretty happy with just 3 minutes for the infusion time, but I go for a full boil.

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3 tasting notes

Tim found this tea at SweetTeas here in San Mateo.

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9 tasting notes

Again, perfect.

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60 tasting notes

I thought I was out of this tea, but found a sample bag of it. Steeped 4 min (usually I do 3) It came out smelling very chocolaty, with a nice robust flavor.

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