Monday, March 11, 2013

Tea Review: Golden Monkey/Jin Huo (Perennial Tea Room)

Golden Monkey/Jin Hou
Perennial Tea Room
Type:  Black
Origin:  China, Fujian Province
Product Description:  A China black tea with very golden tippy leaves - Fujian China Notes of malt and chocolate Picked Spring 2012

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf has an aroma of berries and chocolate.

The copper-orange infusion has an aroma of warm berries and by the third infusion gains a fermented wine-like quality.  The taste of the first infusion is herbacious, mildly astringent, and hints at fermented berries.  The flavor of the second and third infusion becomes more subtle and dry.

This was a wonderful tea, throughout.  I was reminded of warm berry cobbler  and nearly let the second infusion go cold while taking in the heady aroma.  

Tasting Note:  Something that adds interest to tea tasting is how everyone's experience is slightly different.  An aroma or flavor may trigger a memory that will result in a unique tasting experience or recent exposure to something with similar characteristics will highlight notes that others might miss.  Some people may only pick up a couple flavor notes while others may be overwhelmed by a sensory cornucopia.  This tea was a good example of differences in tasting results.  Jin Hou is generally known for its malty, chocolate characteristics and yet I only picked up the chocolate notes in that first moment of opening the tea.  After that, I was swept away by the aroma of marionberry cobbler and blackberry liquor.  

This tea was purchased by me.

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