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drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
255 tasting notes
  1. from my Golden Moon Sampler, selected by plunging my hand into the basket and grabbing.

Today I was a little more careful. I used only 4 ounces of water. I still don’t think I’m getting the full effect. I’ve noticed that the tasting notes are all over the place on this tea. I can smell the floral aspects which are pleasant but not to-fall-in-love-with. I can also pick up on a sun-shiny buttery aspect of the tea.

I think my palate prefers the big boom to the delicate touch. In terms of being a tea drinker, I feel a bit like Sir Walter Scott felt about Jane Austen: "The Big Bow-wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of the description and the sentiment, is denied to me. "
The exquisite palate is denied to me but I certainly enjoy those Big Bow-wow teas.

My ratings, by the way, reflect my own pleasure in the tea and have nothing to do with the tea’s actual merit or lack thereof.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec
denisend

How else would you rate the tea?

Janefan

GREAT use of that quote! I actually won a GM sampler from a blog contest about a month ago, but it hasn’t arrived yet. All these sampler reviews lately are making me impatient! “I must have my share in the conversation, if you are speaking of music TEA.”

teabird

Trying to rate a tea on objective “merit” seems like an exercise in futility to me. Your descriptions and imagery are much more useful (and interesting!) than any attempt at an impartial judgement.

gmathis

Reminds me of Robin William’s tirade on J. Evans Prichard’s textbook preface in “Dead Poet’s Society” … you can’t rate poetry (TEA) like you do American bandstand…it’s got a good beat, but you can’t dance to it! Poetry (TEA) was meant to be savored! Begone, J. Evans Prichard! Rip it out! Rip! Rip! I don’t hear enough ripping! (Sorry…getting carried away…)

Doulton

Denisend, I was just reflecting that I’ve had no tea-tasting classes and I don’t know enough about the history and pedigree of teas (not to mention each year’s harvest) to speak to that aspect of tea-tasting.

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denisend

How else would you rate the tea?

Janefan

GREAT use of that quote! I actually won a GM sampler from a blog contest about a month ago, but it hasn’t arrived yet. All these sampler reviews lately are making me impatient! “I must have my share in the conversation, if you are speaking of music TEA.”

teabird

Trying to rate a tea on objective “merit” seems like an exercise in futility to me. Your descriptions and imagery are much more useful (and interesting!) than any attempt at an impartial judgement.

gmathis

Reminds me of Robin William’s tirade on J. Evans Prichard’s textbook preface in “Dead Poet’s Society” … you can’t rate poetry (TEA) like you do American bandstand…it’s got a good beat, but you can’t dance to it! Poetry (TEA) was meant to be savored! Begone, J. Evans Prichard! Rip it out! Rip! Rip! I don’t hear enough ripping! (Sorry…getting carried away…)

Doulton

Denisend, I was just reflecting that I’ve had no tea-tasting classes and I don’t know enough about the history and pedigree of teas (not to mention each year’s harvest) to speak to that aspect of tea-tasting.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

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