Golden Monkey - Golden Monkey Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Cocoa, Earth, Malt, Mineral, Raisins, Rye, Smoke, Smooth, Dried Fruit, Umami, Red Fruits, Winter Honey
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Sample sipdown! Thanks again to VariaTEA for the swap. :) Really enjoying this one this morning. I overleafed this last mug, not wanting to be left with a sad half-mug’s worth of leaf, and it...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Geek Steep S1E8 – Tomb Raider (2018) Another week and another geek! This time, based on my suggestion/interest in this fandom, Marika and I explored one of the Tomb Raider movies for the first...” Read full tasting note
  • “Gong Fu Sipdown (327) I won an instagram giveaway and got a $40 voucher for a company whose teaware I’ve been eyeing for a while now. I definitely spent over the $40 but ended up with a bunch of...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “I had a bit of a food misadventure tonight. I was trying to make a lazy/quick jambalaya. I’ve done this several times before, but I of course cook by instinct rather than recipe. I just toss in...” Read full tasting note

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Our Golden Monkey is handpicked and traditionally crafted. The fully oxidized gold-tipped leaves and buds create an amazing strong aroma and a fantastic taste: brisk, smooth, soft, full-bodied and rich, with a combination of malt, dark chocolate, sweet potato, fresh baked bread, dry fruit, roasted nuts and honey. It is a worthy re­placement for the cup of coffee in the morning. We recommend this tea to people seeking high-end tea without a high-end price.

>> To find this tea at: https://teabento.com/en/product/golden-monkey/

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9 Tasting Notes

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2238 tasting notes

Sample sipdown! Thanks again to VariaTEA for the swap. :)

Really enjoying this one this morning. I overleafed this last mug, not wanting to be left with a sad half-mug’s worth of leaf, and it took it very well without any bitterness. Because of that, it has a nice POW stick-to-your-ribs sort of strong flavor and body.

I am getting cocoa today, hooray! Along with the usual suspects of bread, caraway, oodles of malt, and a bit of dark, syrupy dried fruit. It has a very savory taste as well, which only adds to the thick & satisfying quality.

Nommy. Raising the rating a little, as I felt this one got better with each mug I made. Will definitely need to get some Golden Monkey into my cupboard on a more permanent basis once I’ve cleared things out a bit. (she says optimistically…)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Malt, Rye, Smooth, Umami

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

I would happily send you what remains of the TeaVivre Golden Monkey I have, though it’s not a big amount.

Cameron B.

(covers ears) La la la, I can’t hear you! XD

It seems a swap will be inevitable, since you suffer from a severe lack of sakura…

Courtney

Hahah, yes true enough. One day soon we’ll have to figure something out. Perhaps you’d also be interested in the TeaVivre Red Snail… :)

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Geek Steep S1E8 – Tomb Raider (2018)

Another week and another geek! This time, based on my suggestion/interest in this fandom, Marika and I explored one of the Tomb Raider movies for the first time. Both of us had really minimal knowledge of Tomb Raider, so it was nice watching a movie and breaking it down together on an equal playing field – just like we did with Pom Poko. So far, these “new fandom” weeks are shaping up to be my favourites!

I can’t tell you why, but when I was trying to pick a tea for the movie my gut just inexplicably was telling me that not only was a straight tea the right route to go but, specially, a straight black tea was the right direction! I did briefly consider both roasted oolong and shou pu’erh and a few different Chai blends, though…

I picked this, aside from that gut feeling, because of the name. It felt like it could easily be the treasure/artifact deep within a tomb that Lara Croft needed to recover – like a ‘Lara Croft and the quest for the Golden Monkey’ type of moment. You also have the tie in to monkeys and jungles, which felt like it could potentially be applicable to the environment we might find ourselves in during the movie. So, I was operating on assumptions/expectations of the goal of our protagonist and the setting.

I was sort of wrong about both, but it still ended up being a pretty good tea. I wont spoil my overall impression of the movie, but sipping on this!? Definitely a highlight. I wish I had done a different prep method though; I mug felt a bit wrong for this sort of adventuring type of movie – maybe a travel mug would have felt more fitting!?

Our Website: https://www.geeksteep.com/
Our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geeksteep/

My Geek Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHNbD8mA1Tu/

Listen to us on Buzzsprout:
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DB topic:
https://steepster.com/discuss/42133-geek-steep-a-new-tea-and-fandom-podcast

If you want to get caught up on the Geek of The Week for next Thursday, the spoiler for our explored fandom is at the bottom of our latest DB post!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Red Fruits, Winter Honey

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Gong Fu Sipdown (327)

I won an instagram giveaway and got a $40 voucher for a company whose teaware I’ve been eyeing for a while now. I definitely spent over the $40 but ended up with a bunch of new lovely teaware, including a lovely new tea tray, a glass gaiwan, and a cute monkey teacup. Pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-N1BobAOo-/

The teaware showed up and of course I had to break it in and this tea just ended up standing out to me. I got about 8 steeps with the main flavor notes being cocoa, leather, and malt. At times, it got smokey. At other times, some raisin came through and in the last steep, even a touch of baked bread. It was smooth and full-bodied and quite a nice session of steeping while watching the Masked Singer on Wednesday.

Martin Bednář

Congratulations to win! Lovely tea-ware!

Roswell Strange

This is the first season of The Masked Singer that I’ve watched and I am OBSESSED!

VariaTEA

Thank you @Martin

And @Roswell, my siblings and I watch it every season. So far this season, I knew one person immediately. My brother got the most shocking one right which was quite entertaining.

amandastory516

Congrats! Such lovely teaware! What company is it from? I absolutely need that gaiwan.

VariaTEA

https://www.tangpintea.com/ I will warn that the flower on the gaiwan it fairly easy to move and seems like it may fall off if I move it too much so just be careful if you get it.

amandastory516

Thank you for the tip!

ashmanra

What an exciting win!

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I had a bit of a food misadventure tonight. I was trying to make a lazy/quick jambalaya. I’ve done this several times before, but I of course cook by instinct rather than recipe. I just toss in whatever I think should go in and hope for the best. Most times it works out. Tonight I didn’t add enough liquid before putting it in the oven, so the rice wasn’t cooked properly. At that point the only option is to mix it up, add more liquid and put it back in the oven. This breaks the awesome crust on the bottom and causes the rice to be unevenly cooked. Oh well, it’s ok but not quite what I was hoping for.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BdB0tj9BYAj/?taken-by=dex3657

So while dinner was taking twice as long as it should have to cook… I drank several cups of this tea. I was a little disappointed that the leaf wasn’t more golden. There are some golden tips but I was expecting lots of gold. Doesn’t matter – this is a great tea. Lots of chocolate notes, some starch, some malt, a little fruit. It’s deep, dark, and awesome. I really like this one.

I don’t think I mention, or post many photos of my test tube steeper. I really like it and use it often. It’s great for doing a bunch of quick steeps. I normally do a bit of a modified gongfu. Steeps of 20 – 40 – 1 min – 1.5 min – something like that. I normally just watch the color and stop when it looks right. This being clear glass is awesome for that. It doesn’t burn your fingers and you don’t need a pitcher or strainer, so less cleanup.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BdBrgqIBTII/?taken-by=dex3657

Evol Ving Ness

Cool. How does the test tube steeper work?

Dexter

I posted a couple of better pics on IG. There is an inner sleeve with slits in the bottom that acts like an infuser basket. Put inner sleeve in add leaves, add water, put on lid. Remove inner sleeve – tea drains out into outer sleeve – use lid as coaster. Pour out tea, put basket back in add more water to resteep. It’s small enough to gongfu brew.

Evol Ving Ness

Kind of fun. Thank you for explaining the process. I like how you have many items that are clear glass to enjoy the colour of the tea as well.

Dexter

I don’t have as much clear glass as I would like. Looking for more teapots…

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Oh boy, another sample thanks to Teabento. Opening the packet, I was instantly reminded of Dutch processed cocoa powder.

In terms of flavour and texture, it is on the thinner side (seems like all of my samples have been so far), with faint cocoa notes, dried fruit, and honey. Slight astringency but nothing crazy. The new voila, I detect a smoky note? Only on the scale of 2/10 but a surprise, nonetheless.

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