Name: Golden Monkey

Brand: Golden Moon Tea

Type: Black (China)

Form: Loose leaf

Price:  1 oz is $11.99 as of 1/14/14, quantity discounts available.

Review: Golden Monkey is a wonderful treat, though I can’t afford to have it all the time. I recently decided to try Golden Moon’s version, which proved to be a tasty brew indeed.

The dry leave is characteristic of most of the Golden Monkeys that I’ve tried: Relatively large leaves, tippy, and fluffy. I brewed the tea up to a surprisingly bright orange/gold color, and the resulting liquor offered a rich cocoa nose, another characteristic of this tea.

The flavor is complex. The first note that struck me was that of cocoa, and this, combined with some astringency, reminded me of the first bite into a cocoa-dusted chocolate truffle. The flavor eventually developed into a bit of fruity malt, followed by a floral backnote. Quite lovely.

This is a tea to be savored and contemplated. I’d advise drinking it on its own, as food may overwhelm the tea’s nuances.

Recommendation: A delicious sipper tea, best suited for those who like to pay attention to what they drink. It’s costly, however, so I’d recommend ordering the 1 ounce pouch to make sure that this is a tea that you enjoy. (Golden Moon does have a money back guarantee.)

Steeping Tips: This tea takes awhile to infuse, so don’t be impatient. Give it a full five minutes, particularly if you don’t have access to boiling water. Given the complexity of this tea, water quality is very important, as any off-flavors will interfere with the development of the tea’s more subtle flavors.

Disclosures: I did not receive a free sample of this tea. This review does contain affiliate links.

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Vendor Profile: Teas Hope

by admin on January 7, 2014

 

 

Vendor Name: Teas Hope, an online tea shop.

Tea Offerings: Teas Hope offers three teas at this time: Earl Grey Lavender, Masala Chai, and Moroccan Mint. All of these teas are fair trade and certified organic.

 

Distinctives: Teas Hope is concerned about world hunger and poverty. It wants to give back by making a donation to reputable charities, such as UNICEF and United Nations World Food Program when customers buy Teas Hope teas. The company also provides free samples of tea so that you can try a tea before making a commitment. Teas Hope sees tea as an affordable luxury that provides joy and relaxation to people. The company hopes to extend the joy of tea by providing one meal to someone in the developing world with every purchase.

Special Offer: Use code “Lainie” (no quotation marks) for 10% off your order.

Disclosure: This vendor profile was sponsored by the vendor.

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