328 Tasting Notes
Thanks to SoccerMom for this sample! I first sampled this last night and immediately thought it was a bolder, richer version of the Adagio version. Then this AM, I broke personal protocol, and tried Adagio’s GM (instead of my usual brisk breakfast) as a comparison and I was still leaning towards the Silk Roads version.
So finally, I did a side-by-side taste test of Golden Monkey from Adagio vs this one. And this one wins “by a nose”. The Silk Roads GM tea brews up a darker color and has a slightly bolder flavor. It is naturally sweet, no astringency, very smooth, not pariciularly smoky, not peppery…
As both teas are priced similarly, $17 for Adagio’s 4 oz vs. $20 for Silk Roads’ 4 oz, I would strongly recommend this tea.
This is just a fun tea. And this vendor has a great deal- 16 blooming teas (each one different) for $12. But, as a negative, there is postage from China to US.. Anyway, I randomly picked a tea and voila!, this is the one that turned up!
The flavor is pleasant, mild, smooth w/a hint of jasmine (but barely jasmine)…
When I previously posted this note, I was asked to compare this tea w/Mountain Malt. I would have to say this one is MUCH BOLDER as would be expected from a CTC tea. But even though it is bold it is in no way astringent or unpleasant. Just a solid, bold black tea for the morning. I will be placing a full order of this tea.
Simple Leaf provides $5 sample packs that are quite generous..
Thanks to RICKY for this sample. This was a fun tea. …Neapolitan ice cream was a favorite at my house when I was growing up so I really looked forward to trying this…Of course, the chocolate disappeared first, and vanilla was the last to go…
On to the tea: First, honeybush is preferable to rooibos. The strawberry flavor predominates. I added sugar and then a bit of milk. Somehow, although I could not detect any individual vanilla and chocolate flavors, this tasted like melted neapolitan ice cream when all 3 flavors blend….
This tea came directly from China and was certainly worth the wait. As an added bonus, they do sell samples.
The leaves are whole, and golden with a malty aroma. They are similar to the picture on the website. When brewed, the tea has no astringency. In fact, it had a subtle sweetness and honey flavor (and I did not add sugar, which is my usual habit). The peppery and maybe malty flavor that is typical of a yunnan was not present. This is not a bold tea so certainly this would not be an AM beverage but it is a nice relaxing afternoon treat. I am thinking I like this black tea (well how can I resist a tea that is naturally sweet…)
This tea has a bold, toasty almond flavor. I can detect the slight butter flavor…. With sugar and milk, this makes a pleasant desert tea. The description references a cinnamon flavor which I did not detect. Personally, this is a plus for me-sometimes, I just don’t want a spicy tea.
So far, I have tried Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas (courtesy of Spokh) , Brioche by American tea room (courtesy of Doulton) and this one. If I had to compare, the Almond Cookie was tasty but cinnamon-y. So, the Brioche and this one is a tie. But Brioche captures more of a baked good flavor…so maybe Brioche wins…
This seems to be an unpopular blend on this website but I love it for a light night-time treat. This herbal blend mostly tastes of chamomile but the addition of mint and lemongrass provides a pleasant background to the chamomile. This is a soothing tea, so although lemongrass is present, it isn’t very noticeable and certainly does not make this “too lively” for night-time.
And the price is great at about $6 for a medium bag….