Monday, March 25, 2024

Tea Review: Golden Monkey (Mad Hat Tea Company)

Golden Monkey
Mad Hat Tea Company
Type: Black
Origin: China, Yunnan
Product Description: 
I am quite certain that you can find a Yunnan Golden Needle that will set you back 3 or 4 times as much, but why? This tea is the epitome of the middle path, plenty of body for structure from the more oxidized leaf combined with plenty of Golden tippy material. Drinks more like an Oolong really than a Black Tea.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of fruit (reminiscent of grapes), oats, ground wheat, and nuts.

The copper-red infusion has an aroma of baked fruit, bran muffins, oats, and nuts.  The taste has notes of baked fruit and brown sugar with a hint of astringency and a long, sweet, baked fruit finish.

This tea is delicious in both taste and aroma (dry leaf and infused) with the best flavor in the first two infusions.  On a personal note, I haven't thought about bran muffins in years and this left me with a sudden craving to try one again.

This tea was purchased by me.

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