This is a Golden Monkey.
And this is Golden Monkey Black Tea.
The similarities should be obvious. One is very scary looking, and the other … has eyes. This twisty black tea is covered in fine goldenamberyellow hairs. Pretty! But does it have teeth? Let’s find out!
First, it smells like a Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate bar. I smell cocoa, currants, blackberries, and nuts… peanuts or almonds. All in all, it smells sweet and rich.
I steep one teaspoon in a big mug (mesh basket) for about a minute. I don’t want it too strong. The first sip hits your mouth with a gorgeous rich dark fruity berry taste, and then in your mouth, it transforms into a sweet burnt almond, and it leaves a cocoa-y sweet-ish nutty-ish finish. It’s very much like eating dark chocolate covered almonds, or… or a dark chocolate Fruit and Nut bar! Really, it’s surprising! I don’t detect any bitterness, or smokiness. It’s just a nice rich, smooth, sweet black tea!
So, the final verdict… If you like monkeys, you’ll love this tea! If you like fruit/nut/chocolate combinations, you’ll love this tea! Don’t be scared… it won’t bite.
This tea was “purchased” from Tea Vivre… which really means that they gave away a whole bunch of samples for 1$ as part of their 3rd anniversary celebrations. So, THANK YOU for this ‘golden’ opportunity!
(Oh, my goodness… just had a look at the Tea Vivre site which says this tea has a “potato smell”! I’m glad I didn’t read that first. I did NOT detect any potatoes in this tea. Chocolate, yes… potato, no.)