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Tea Tasting: Golden Monkey #DIYadventcalendar

Today was the day: our first day to open up a box from our DIY Tea Advent Calendar. The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf was so excited. So, you'll be hearing about some of the new-to-us teas that we're exploring throughout this month.

D climbed up on a chair, pulled down the first box, and opened it up. "Golden Monkey!" he declared, excitedly. Then we opened up the bag and each took turns smelling the tea.

According to the Adagio Teas website, Golden Monkey -  or Jin Hou -  is a black tea whose leaves are said to resemble monkey paws. 

Golden Monkey hails from the Fujian province of China and is hand-processed each spring by carefully plucking off only one leaf and one bud from the camellia bush. 

The Precise Kitchen Elf was in charge of brewing. We prefer loose leaf tea instead of tea bags. And he brews straight into our mugs.

This Golden Monkey has a strong, sweet nose. D mentioned a tropical fruit and R blurted out "mango." Okay. I can see that.

This was a rich tea that had a smooth, soft feel on the tongue. It was complex without being overpowering. It was a little bit sweeter than I anticipated.

We can't wait till tomorrow's tea adventure...and, for the tea lovers in my house, this was so much more fun than opening up one of those chocolate advents.


  1. Love Golden Monkey tea! Just tried it for the first time a few months ago, and it’s my fave morning brew. Glad you like it, too! Wish I had some professional tea masters chez moi, ensuring my cup was just right. :-)


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