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Golden Moon Tea Sampler #11, selected at random

I do like melon and was looking forward to this tea very much. It is not disappointing. I brewed only about 3.5 ounces of water because I didn’t want to flavour to get watered down too much. Am I the only person who uses a couple of tablespoons of loose-leaf tea for a decent sized mug?

In any event, I think I got the tea/water ratio spot-on; the water was boiled and then cooled somewhat (although I don’t know to what precise degree) and I set the timer for 4 minutes (Golden Moon advises 2-4 minutes).

So….I’m most certainly going to put this on my list for a “treat tea”. It’s a bit delicate for a morning tea and probably a bit costly for an everyday tea, but this is the first of my Golden Moon samples where I know that I will have to purchase the tea. I’ll wait to see what else becomes a “must”. This melon’s divine!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I’ve always avoided mentioning the size of my favorite mug – it’s somewhere between 16 and 18 oz. I’ve tried smaller mugs in the same curved shape, but none of them compare to my favorite. There’s something about how it helps the aroma linger. And I like to just plop down and not worry about steeping again for awhile. With that said – I am getting a gaiwan this week to try with my oolongs (and maybe other teas). I really look forward to seeing if this can sway me to the “less is more” when it comes to volume.

Ricky

My standard cup is a glass bodum 10oz cup, but if I fill it close to the rim it’s 12oz. I use about two heaping teaspoons whenever I make tea. If I’m making a tea I won’t like so much, I use my 8oz cup and use one heaping teaspoon. I think this tea needs more leaves as it’s so subtle. I have a large tin ;) yay!

AmazonV

my dragon mugs are um….maybe 3 measuring cups worth, i only use them when i know i like the tea :)

Tammy

Thank you for sharing the amount of water you used!! I just got my GM sampler and they’re sooo small I’ve been debating how much water to use for this white. I use 4 heaping tsp. of most teas for my 12 oz. mug…Anyways I’ve been combing through comments on GM teas hoping someone would mention water to tea ratio, so again thank you :)

Doulton

I think you will enjoy the tea better if you use a really small amount of water. I used between 2 to 4 ounces only of water for the GM samples after I realized that these samples are lost in an 8 ounce mug—and even more lost in a larger one. Good luck with your GM samples, Tammy!

Tammy

Thanks! That’s good to know. I did it for the melon and it was great, but I was still unsure about the other samples, so thanks for the input!

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Rabs

I’ve always avoided mentioning the size of my favorite mug – it’s somewhere between 16 and 18 oz. I’ve tried smaller mugs in the same curved shape, but none of them compare to my favorite. There’s something about how it helps the aroma linger. And I like to just plop down and not worry about steeping again for awhile. With that said – I am getting a gaiwan this week to try with my oolongs (and maybe other teas). I really look forward to seeing if this can sway me to the “less is more” when it comes to volume.

Ricky

My standard cup is a glass bodum 10oz cup, but if I fill it close to the rim it’s 12oz. I use about two heaping teaspoons whenever I make tea. If I’m making a tea I won’t like so much, I use my 8oz cup and use one heaping teaspoon. I think this tea needs more leaves as it’s so subtle. I have a large tin ;) yay!

AmazonV

my dragon mugs are um….maybe 3 measuring cups worth, i only use them when i know i like the tea :)

Tammy

Thank you for sharing the amount of water you used!! I just got my GM sampler and they’re sooo small I’ve been debating how much water to use for this white. I use 4 heaping tsp. of most teas for my 12 oz. mug…Anyways I’ve been combing through comments on GM teas hoping someone would mention water to tea ratio, so again thank you :)

Doulton

I think you will enjoy the tea better if you use a really small amount of water. I used between 2 to 4 ounces only of water for the GM samples after I realized that these samples are lost in an 8 ounce mug—and even more lost in a larger one. Good luck with your GM samples, Tammy!

Tammy

Thanks! That’s good to know. I did it for the melon and it was great, but I was still unsure about the other samples, so thanks for the input!

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