15 Tasting Notes

85

I’ve really been enjoying this one lately—it has a surprising natural sweetness while not being one-note.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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55

Decent but muddied, a fairly generic blend aspiring toward some sort of archetypal Darjeeling ideal without having enough personality to get there. I drink it as a maintenance tea a fair amount but rarely recommend it. Honestly I’d probably say to save your money and save for a better a single-origin Darjeeling if you have the option.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

A regular brew of mine for a while now. Nutty and with a tiny bit of smoke; all-around an enjoyable brew. Has the warmth I typically associate with the best Chinese blacks. I don’t drink tea with milk/sugar but it could likely stand up to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Very astringent when brewed for 3:30, I’m still looking for the right temperature. There’s a definite fruitiness/sweetness lurking in the background that I’m excited to find.

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The most astringent of the H&S Golden Monkey flight, has notes of wheat and beer with a much more subdued fruitiness.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Very strong fruity aroma, much milder taste.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Much smokier and woodier than the Songxi A Golden Monkey, still enjoyable.

Flavors: Campfire, Wood

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Warm and very fruity, similar to the base “unlabeled” H&S Golden Monkey.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93

An excellent, warm, well-balanced brew. Has a warm, smooth flavor with hints of bread and caramel. The leaves are beautiful, as a bonus.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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