REVIEW: Blue Samovar – Golden Monkey King

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Tea: Black tea from Fujian and Yunnan provinces, China
Sample provided by: Blue Samovar
Link to Golden Monkey King on Blue Samovar website

It is always great to hear about new tea shop opening. In March 2014, Blue Samovar opened an online shop selling a wide range of teas and teawares. You can also find their teas in some shops in Beaufort Mews, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of beautiful, large-sized, twisted leaves

– It is not a particularly aromatic dry leaf, although there is a slight sweet aroma

Infused tea:

– The first infusion cups out a dark brown liquor that has a slight sweet aroma. It has a sweet, caramel-like flavour and a moderate amount of astringency

– The second infusion cups out a much lighter, copper-coloured liquor that also has a slight sweet aroma. It has a honey-like flavour and the liquor is not as astringent

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse this tea for three and half to four and half minutes. Personally I do not like milk in black Chinese teas, but the first infusion could definitely withstand a small splash of it without the flavours being masked

– This tea really has the classic sweet, caramel and honey flavours found in Golden Monkey teas. It would of course appeal to people who like black Chinese teas, but I think people who like large leaf Assam teas without milk would be drawn it. I really enjoyed the second infusion. The astringency and the flavours were much more rounded out than with the first infusion

Score:

4.25/5

Retail price: 12 gram sample for £2.50 / 50 gram caddy for £7.50

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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