drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
592 tasting notes

I polished off the last of my free ounce of this, but I have to admit that I used another Starbucks reward to get a fresh new ounce of this tea. There’s not much else at Teavana that I really wanted to try out an ounce of, so I just went for this reliable tea. Besides, I normally wouldn’t spend that much money on this tea. Anyway, price aside, this is a pretty nice tea. I’ve mostly had it cold brewed over the summer, but I had it as a hot tea today. I was mostly getting baked bread/potato-y notes from it, which is one of my favorite flavors from straight black teas. Otherwise, it was a bit light for a black tea, but that may have to do with my leafing. The flavors did fade a little on the resteep, but were strong enough to be worth it.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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