DAVIDsTEA Golden Monkey Tea Review

The second of the new teas I tried from the October 2016 DavidsTea traditional tea release is Golden Monkey.  It is an organic black tea and I was hoping it would live up to the price tag like Ruby Oolong.

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At $17.98 for 50g, Golden Monkey is expensive for a plain black tea.  DavidsTea promises that it is prized for its signature golden tips.  A rare black tea is hand-crafted into the shape of a monkey’s claw. The result? A rich brew with sweet aromas of ripe fruit and brown sugar.

DavidsTea Golden Monkey Steeping Instructions & Ingredients

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Golden Monkey Ingredients: Organic black tea from Fujian province, China

Golden Monkey Steeping Instructions: 1-2 perfect spoons of tea per 16oz near boiling (194℉ – 203℉ or 90℃ – 95℃) water for 4-7 minutes.

DavidsTea Golden Monkey Black Tea Review Davids Tea Straight Teas Fall 2016 - Perfect Spoon of Loose Golden Monkey Tea

This was perfect for me with 1 perfect spoon for a 10oz mug steeped for 5 minutes.  It was not very astringent so is probably fine left to steep longer.  It was already a deep black tea colour at 5 minutes and I like my black teas hot so steep for as short as possible.

DavidsTea Golden Monkey Tea Review

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DavidsTea Golden Monkey Black Tea Review Davids Tea Straight Teas Fall 2016 - Wet Loose Tea

My boyfriend referred to the loose as wasps legs rather than monkey claws.  Like Ruby Oolong, the loose tea unfurls quite a bit while steeping so leave plenty of space in infusers for full flavour.   There are plenty of golden tips in the loose tea.  Golden Monkey steeps to a deep black tea, almost red.  The wet leaves are left a golden brown colour and were ok for a second steep but nowhere near as bold.

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The tea itself tastes a lot like DavidsTea’s Honey Black which is no longer available.  A close second would be Nepal Black which is much cheaper but not quite as smooth.  It has a slightly sweet aftertaste and smells delicious.  It has a slight natural sweetness to it that calms the maltier black tea that some people don’t like.  That bold earthy/malty taste is still there though without too much astringency.  It really is a nice smooth black tea but I think at $17.98, there are other teas out there I would drink before it.

Is DavidsTea Golden Monkey Latte Friendly?

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Golden Monkey is very latte friendly.  It has a bold, slightly sweet natural taste to it that makes it perfect for a latte.  But then, unless it curdles the milk, I will make most teas in a latte form at some point.  At $17.98, it is a bit pricy to be using multiple spoons for a latte, so a definite treat but tasted oh so delicious as a latte.

Is DavidsTea Golden Monkey Worth The Price?

At $17.98 for 50g, Golden Monkey is pretty expensive for a plain black tea.  It is a superior tea and one I would happily use my Frequent Steeper rewards on.  If I had to choose though, I would spend my money on Ruby Oolong which is more unique and get a decent black at a cheaper price.  That being said, Teavana has a similar Golden Monkey tea priced at $19.98 for 2oz.  Therefore, DavidsTea has it reasonably priced if you do want to try it – and it is worth trying once.

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