drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
82 tasting notes

I am by no means a straight tea connoisseur, and that may be the reason why my experience with this tea was seemingly very different from the other reviews I’ve read. I find many straight black teas to be quite harsh, but this one was something very new to me. The tea was full-bodied and malty, with grain, cocoa, and honey notes. There was very little astringency to this tea, which as you all know, I appreciate! I tend to reach for this tea when I want a full-bodied, rich, comforting cup of tea, especially on cooler mornings (much like today). Overall, this is a straight black tea I’d feel comfortable recommending to straight tea newbies and lovers alike!

Flavors: Cocoa, Grain, Honey, Malt, Smooth

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember — my mom used to have “tea time” with me every afternoon, drinking some Twinings Earl Grey with milk and sugar in my grandmother’s antique tea cups. Before I went to university, I worked at a DAVIDsTEA in my hometown, which solidified the obsession.

I’m in my first year of law school, after completing an undergraduate degree in political science and anthropology. I use she/her pronouns, and I’m vegetarian (not quite vegan — I still drink blends that contain milk-based ingredients). My other hobbies include fragrance, crocheting, journalling, skiing, hiking, and reading sci-fi and fantasy novels.

Apple, peppermint, caramel, vanilla, coconut, jasmine tea, malty black teas, sweet blackberry leaves, guayusa, white tea, peach, strawberry, raspberry leaves, Chinese teas, anything smooth and creamy!!! Highly caffeinated blends have my heart.

Ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, hibiscus, alcoholic notes, stevia. I prefer teas that don’t contain dairy or artificial flavouring.

85-100: A-range. Excellent and exceptional.
70-84: B-range. Very good.
55-69: C-range. Average.
40-54: D-range. Not good.
0-39: F-range. Strongly dislike.


Alberta, Canada

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