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79 Tasting Notes

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
79 tasting notes

Sample 12/31
I’ve never had Pu-erh. So when I randomly pulled this out and got a little scared. There is a lot of scary sounding descriptions (FISH! in a tea?), but I worked up the courage to try it.
Tea brews VERY dark. I’ve never seen a tea this dark before. Almost looks like hersey’s syrup. Surprisingly the tea smells like the ocean, I wouldn’t say fish more like and ocean breeze with like dirt undertones. Smells faintly of coffee too.
I hesitently took a sip. First off it doesn’t taste like Fish. At first it tasted almost like chocolate, or what i imagine a chocolate tea should taste like. There is a slight smokey finish the the chocolate. Then a dirt aftertaste, not as strong as coffee though (thankfully)
Overall not as bad as i expected, but not something i would drink all the time. Was too busy trying to figure out exactly what i was tasting to enjoy the tea personally.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Sample 11/31
Finally able to drink tea again after a week and a half of post wisdom teeth extraction misery. Tea is a lovely amber color. Tea has a warm nutty taste, slightly floral, and kind of woody.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Chai Tea by Tetley
79 tasting notes

So went with something easy to drink after getting my wisdom teeth out. Had to let this one cool down a bit cause of my teeth. The tea started out a little bland. As it cooled down the spices were more prominant. This remained pretty bland as far as chai’s though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sample 10/31
While I liked this tea, I didn’t like it as much as the vanilla mint tea that Golden Moon also sells. The vanilla taste is not very prominant in the brewed tea in fact I think I think I taste more mint than vanilla. Not a bad tea but there are better vanilla offerings by this company.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Sample 9/31
While I was expecting this tea to be really bitter, I found it it be really light. Not sure if this is because my tea water had cooled a little bit before steeping. Hints of honey with a slight nutty flavor. While I enjoyed this tea I didn’t find it Robust as the description implies.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Sampler 8/31
I’m not a fan of the bitterness that usually comes with black tea, so i steeped this on less than the full amount. There was no bitterness to the tea, but not really anything special about it. Did notice some slight honey undertones, but no sandelwood.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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64
drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
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Sampler 7/31
This tea is has a very delicate taste. As a hot tea I really didn’t get any taste of ginger which was disappointing cause i love ginger. I don’t know if thats because I drink ginger brew all the time (if you don’t know what ginger brew is it’s super gingery soda). As the tea cools down the ginger becomes more apparent. I think this would be really good iced as an alternative to water, as i’m not a fan of straight water.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I don’t like straight water either… and as much as I don’t like tisanes w/o true tea added, refigerated ginger water (I call it this cuz it has no liquor lol) is by FAR the best thirst quencher I’ve found. Even more so w/ a bit of lemon juice.

gmathis

I have yet to find a white tea that tasted like anything but “lightly tinted” water.

Cofftea

@gmathis, http://www.52teas.com/2010/09/20/apple-vanilla-white-chai/ It’s actually too dark for me for a white… I think it’s due to the shou mei in the blend. So you may want to find an unflavored shou mei if you like the AV chai. Also, definitely make sure you’re using enough leaf. I like 3g/8oz cuppa. The leaves of the Apple Vanilla White Chai are quite small but most white tea leaves are so lengthy and light that it takes over a TB of tea leaf to make up 3g. This is also why I purchased a tea scale… measuring (white specifically) tea by the teaspoon is such a pain in the butt.

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81
drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
79 tasting notes

Again I had a hard time getting my nose of the package. Leaves smell wonderfully of cinnamon and cloves. Kinda reminds me of mulling spices for apple cider. I love chai so i was looking forward to trying this one.
LOVED THIS TEA. The spices were wonderfully warming on a cold day. The only negative is that there was a strong bitter taste that you get with black teas which i’m not a fan of. Haven’t tried it with cream and honey cause i didn’t have time to fix another cup, but hopefully will try this mixture tomorrow.
And Merry Xmas Everyone XD

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea
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Pretty sure I burnt this so i’m gonna wait to review until later. Need to stop trying to brew tea while making dinner. Not really impressed with the smell or taste of this one so far.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Golden Moon Sample 5/31
and also my 50th tasting note :)
I LOVE this tea. Like many other’s I had my nose buried in the tea packet smelling delicious sugary caramel goodness. Once I finally got around to brew the tea, it tastes just as wonderful as it smells. Very slightly oolong with a sweet caramel pairing as well. I wish there was a little more oolong, however i’m not sure that a stronger oolong presence would create discord in the mixture of tastes.
This is a perfect tea to curl up to during a blizzard (yay for winter weather)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

When I reviewed this, I was surprised that it wasn’t heavy and caramelly, like Sugar Daddies or Rolos. But once I got past the fact that this wasn’t really dessert-y, I loved it.

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Hello,
I’m a college graduate, who got into tea during late night studies (late nights without liking coffee otherwise sucks). I’m currently taking a year off in Montana as an Americorps, and hoping to go to medical school (lots more late tea nights for me).
Any tips or suggestions to try are greatly appreciated.

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