Curious: Golden Monkey Infused Merlot

What an exciting experiment.  Let me give you a little background.  I was recently inspired to make this concoction with slight variation of course when I heard about from Nicole Martin also know as @TeaForMePlease during a Ladies Tea Trade Hangout on Google+ with @Jackie and @jopj.

~By the way, if you are interested in joining a hangout contact @Jackie I’m sure she would be happy to help get you started. We hold them everything other Thursday night at 8pm CST with the next one scheduled this Thursday the 15th. Hope to see you there. ~

Now back to the tea infused wine. I’m enjoying a glass as I write and with every sip I’m finding it more and more difficult to put into words just how interesting the flavor profile is.  Please be patient with me as my command of the English language isn’t as skillful as perhaps some other amazing bloggers on Tea Trade such as @Lazyliteratus and @theDevotea.  I’ll do my best to muddle through and hopefully I’ll paint an accurate picture.

The Golden Monkey Infused Merlot Experiment


Estimated .75oz of Golden Monkey from Teas Etc.

Estimated 2 glasses of Merlot from Village Vintner (Local winery, brewery, and restaurant)

Combined tea and wine together in a glass jar, closed the lid, and placed in the refrigerator for roughly 16 hours.

Strained tea leaves out

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: At first impression the wine took on a new sweeter aroma with a distinct chocolatey scent.  The orginal aroma of the merlot prior to infusion was lighter, brighter, and fruitier. After the infusion you get an obvious bolder scent.

Flavor: While I was hoping the obvious chocolate aroma would translate in flavor it unfortunately did not.   No matter though as it didn’t disappoint in flavor.  You can clearly taste the Golden Monkey and I found that it married very well with the Merlot.  It was interesting, as the completed infusion appeared to capture the best qualities of each ingredient to make this a wonderful glass of  “tea wine.”  The flavor had a reminiscent fruity flavor of the merlot but far more subtle than it would have traditionally tasted.  Now it was distinctly more earthy, rich, robust, and heady.  The two components complemented each other very well with none of the included ingredents drowning out the other.

Since I still don’t feel I did this post or this new beverage justice with my discription here I promise if I am ever to meet you in person I shall make a fresh batch so that we may share a glass together and compare notes.

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9 Responses

  1. jopj says:

    Your description would lead one to be intrigued and desirous to take a sip as both ingredients are lovely alone together they must be amazing. Glad the test worked and be careful not to overindulge in the taste testing:-)

  2. What an awesome experiment. I want to do something similar now with Sangiovese and Keemun Mao Feng.

    And, for the record, you didn’t “muddle” at all. You mulled through he taster notes just fine! I salute ye.

  3. Jackie says:

    I agree with @lazyliteratus – I thought you didn’t muddle one bit. And the “mulled” was funny Geoff. Anyway, it’s great you blogged about the tasting Rachel. I think I’d try it with very hot wine because like hot water draws out the flavor of tea more than cold water does, I’m thinking it might make a difference. Of course one should really try the two side by side, the cold brewed one and the hot one.

  4. Xavier says:

    I am not into wine so mixing it with tea is a no way for me.
    But experiments are always interesting to look at and to learn from.

    • iheartteas says:

      Yes, @xavier I agree experiments are fun. I’m finding that my daughter of just 5yrs is very much the mad scientist. She has already requested many science kits and even a microscope for Christmas. Proud Mommy moment thats for sure. 🙂

  5. seule771 says:

    Vintage Teaworks at
    offers teas for those passionate about teas and wine; it is a celebration of wine and tea=to combine their unique characteristics. They make teas like Vintage Pu-erh Cabernet; Green Tea sauvignon; Oolong Chardonay and White Tea Riesling; their tea pricing is $15.99-20.99 + shipping and handling. I got a coupon from their founder that I have yet to use since no income. I can’t snag from hubby since we’re so poor.

    You may already know of them. Good luck as always with all.

    • iheartteas says:

      Thank you @seule771 Yes, I have heard of them and it was nothing but great things. Unfortunately, I have yet to sample any of their teas. Of course I’d love try some and blog about it. However, a tea purchase when I already have so many to get through is just not in the cards for me right now. Though, they are on my wish list.

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