Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tea Review: Golden Monkey Tea (The Spice & Tea Exchange)

Golden Monkey Tea
The Spice & Tea Exchange
Type: Black
Origin: China
Product Description: 
These rare black and gold tea leaves are named after their resemblance to “monkey paws.” Hand-processing every spring by plucking one leaf and bud, provides a smooth, full-bodied infusion with sweet and savory notes.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of fruit (I was reminded of cherries and plums), antique wood, and hay.

The liquor is copper red with an aroma of stone fruit, berries, and a hint of cocoa.  The taste has notes of baked fruit with some of the tang that comes with not quite fully ripened fruit, a hint of malt, and mild astringency with a fruity finish.

While the best flavor is in the first infusion, this tea held up well throughout three steepings with the color and aroma of the second infusion being notably deeper.  The aroma of the infused tea brought to mind a pastry like peach strudel and, after enjoying a cup with a piece of cake, I can confirm that it complements baked desserts nicely.  

This tea was purchased by me.

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