I've never been very taken with Golden Monkey Tea. For me, it usually fell into the category of okay. However, I have just had some from Teas Etc. that is absolutely top notch.
The dry tea has a deep tobacco/wine barrel aroma. The leaves are quite twisted, with many buds among the green/brown/gold twists. The suggested time of infusion was 4 minutes.
The liqueur was a much, much paler golden amber than I anticipated and smelt of very fresh tea and milky chocolate. It tasted of warm earthy chocolate with big hints of warmed flowers and apricots. I added some milk to it and it then became somewhat sweet. As it cooled, it's sweet and fruity nature came more to the fore. A wonderful cup of tea.
I put some in the fridge and this is for sure going in the summer repetoire of ice teas. It is sweet and fruity with a sturdy very subtle earthiness that will be much appreciated.
At the moment, however, we are dealing with snow! Yeah, April 23, snow. I guess since we had Spring in January, we'll have winter now. Phooey. Of course, I just potted up all my seedlings, ready to begin the in and out trek of mid-spring.