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drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
1112 tasting notes

1st steep: 3 min, 180 – I tasted a whole lot of nuthin. I used one teaspoon, so that might have been the problem. Maybe my water was too cold? The directions say just under boiling.

2nd steep: 3 min, 190 – I added the rest of the packet for this second steep. The tea is much darker. I’m tasting a nice, lovely gentle white tea flavor and the barest hint of ginger. Not even a tingle. Nary a burn! If I was a catty lady, I’d call this tea “Milquetoast!”

I like it, but it’s much more subtle than my tastes run. I rather have a gingery peppery herbal if I was going in the ginger direction, and more of a green tea taste if I was going the tea way.

Those that have the Golden Moon sampler – did you use the whole packet per 8 oz water for each steep with white teas? Am I missing anything else (like is my water temp way off?). I just want to make sure I treat the rest of the white teas in my sampler right :) Thanks!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

JacquelineM, I measure my whites by weight because it’s hard to cram white tea leaves into a measuring spoon. Because of this reason, a lot of people that use one for their whites use up to one tablespoon. Whites are really delicate so I don’t think the water temperature is the issue. Infact their suggestion of “just under boiling” made me gasp. I prefer 160-180.

JacquelineM

I think a nice little scale is in my future :) I knew once I started using the thermometer, the scale would not be far behind!

takgoti

Hmm. I’ve just been dumping the entire packet into my infusing basket. I agree with Cofftea, in that the white tea aspect of this makes me think that your water temperature wasn’t too cold since I usually like my whites around 160-170. Though, if they say just under boiling…I dunno? Now you’ve got me intrigued. Maybe I’ll give this one a try today.

Cofftea

Although some Japanese greens call for boiling so Idk…

PattiM

I just checked the Golden Moon website—says “Each tea sampler makes one (1) cup of perfectly brewed tea.” I had the same question as I purchased the sample set but haven’t started yet. Would be happy to hear others’ experiences as well.

JacquelineM

PattiM – I saw that too, but I got 16 oz of very flavorful tea out of my Honey Pear sample. I don’t believe them ;)

Cofftea

I haven’t tried it yet either, but I do know that they all weigh different amounts. One even had as little as 1.8g I believe.

teaplz

Yeah, depending on the sample packet, most of these teas have more than one cup in them. Jacqueline, I dumped the entire packet in for the whites save for licorice I believe (since I was terrified of it to begin with). Snow Sprout, I dumped the packet in as well. Most of the blacks, greens, etc., there’s enough for two cups. At least in my experience!

Your water temperature looks absolutely fine.

GM’s water temperatures aren’t the greatest. Nothing is specific. They’re not quite right about their green oolong either (Orchid Temple, I believe), which definitely should not be done with boiling. So just check Steepster and similar teas to see what people have done and how it’s worked out. :)

Ricky

I used the whole package when I made this. I didn’t think there were enough leaves with one teaspoon.

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Cofftea

JacquelineM, I measure my whites by weight because it’s hard to cram white tea leaves into a measuring spoon. Because of this reason, a lot of people that use one for their whites use up to one tablespoon. Whites are really delicate so I don’t think the water temperature is the issue. Infact their suggestion of “just under boiling” made me gasp. I prefer 160-180.

JacquelineM

I think a nice little scale is in my future :) I knew once I started using the thermometer, the scale would not be far behind!

takgoti

Hmm. I’ve just been dumping the entire packet into my infusing basket. I agree with Cofftea, in that the white tea aspect of this makes me think that your water temperature wasn’t too cold since I usually like my whites around 160-170. Though, if they say just under boiling…I dunno? Now you’ve got me intrigued. Maybe I’ll give this one a try today.

Cofftea

Although some Japanese greens call for boiling so Idk…

PattiM

I just checked the Golden Moon website—says “Each tea sampler makes one (1) cup of perfectly brewed tea.” I had the same question as I purchased the sample set but haven’t started yet. Would be happy to hear others’ experiences as well.

JacquelineM

PattiM – I saw that too, but I got 16 oz of very flavorful tea out of my Honey Pear sample. I don’t believe them ;)

Cofftea

I haven’t tried it yet either, but I do know that they all weigh different amounts. One even had as little as 1.8g I believe.

teaplz

Yeah, depending on the sample packet, most of these teas have more than one cup in them. Jacqueline, I dumped the entire packet in for the whites save for licorice I believe (since I was terrified of it to begin with). Snow Sprout, I dumped the packet in as well. Most of the blacks, greens, etc., there’s enough for two cups. At least in my experience!

Your water temperature looks absolutely fine.

GM’s water temperatures aren’t the greatest. Nothing is specific. They’re not quite right about their green oolong either (Orchid Temple, I believe), which definitely should not be done with boiling. So just check Steepster and similar teas to see what people have done and how it’s worked out. :)

Ricky

I used the whole package when I made this. I didn’t think there were enough leaves with one teaspoon.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

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Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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