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314 Tasting Notes
Just wanted to add that this is fabulous with milk! Makes it a very proper breakfast tea.
Just jotting down some quick impressions:
Scent: Lemony with a strange herbal twinge—like rosemary? A bit creamy.
Taste: Oh the vanilla really comes out in the taste! And I’m detecting the wonderful bergamot oil swirled in—it’s almost like an Earl Grey dreamsicle.
Final Thought: This is an ethereal, sweeter version of Adagio’s Earl Grey Moonlight. It’s not syrupy or caramel in flavor like Moonlight. The sweetness is clearer and more pure, somehow. The vanilla is a “cool” vanilla and the bergamot is more citrusy than flowery.
Nothing much to add…except that I still find this exceptionally delicious.
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This is….interesting. It’s not so much “honeydew” as it is asparagus! :O It’s a very “vegetal” tasting tea. And, in the beginning, the vegetable flavor is very potent. But as the liquid cools, notes of white flowers and (finally!) melon emerge. The scent, upon cool down, reminds me of melon chewing gum! In some Korean restaurants around here, they give you sticks of melon-flavored gum with the check after the meal. And the scent is exactly like that!
So, honestly, I kind of like this…but not really. It was good to try as a sample though!
Used up the last of my pouch tonight…no more malty, milky goodness.
Smells a little berry-ish, dry.
The taste is like Thomas Sampson’s second cousin—twice removed.
This a very mild black tea. Very easy to drink. No astringency. No bitterness.
Soft and agreeable, I think.
Slighty sweet toward the end.
There’s not much to say, I guess. It’s a likeable tea, but not memorable, at least for me.
Just used up the last of my sample tin….this blend absolutely shines with a bit of cream added.
Must order more!
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I’m still blown away by the scent and flavor of this tea. Tonight, I’m detecting more of a smoky, woodsy element to the hazelnuts. And the texture seems richer and thicker—again, remniscent of coffee. This reminds me of long study nights at the local coffeehouse. It has a “bohemian” aura.
The cocoa is more bitter than normal and a bit chalky…so I lowered my score a little. Maybe there are differences with each tea bag. I wonder how the loose leaf compares?
Delicious after dinner…almost like an extension of the meal. The taste is savory and almost salty—like a tea “broth”. Yum! :)
Brewed strong (over 2 heaping teaspoons to 12oz of boiled water) and left to cool a little bit yielded more malt flavor and a brisk astringency! It’s definitely a matter of “the more I drink, the thirstier I feel”!
It may be sacrilege to add anything to a premium matcha like this, but I added some cream anyway and it was delicious! :)
This is like a fresh green coconut husk in tea form! The combination of the slightly bitter, astringent green tea leaves and sweet coconut milk flavoring is spectacular! I’m very much reminded of tropical islands. For me, tropical islands are all about the coconut trees, coconut milk, palm trees, banana leaves, bamboo and teakwood—and, somehow, I’m reminded of it all when I drink this tea. It’s very good.
So far, I’m loving my GM samples—thanks Golden Moon! I definitely need to order a full tin soon.
Still comforting….still amazingly like malted milk—with Rice Krispies!
For my first GM sample review, it was toss-up between this and Sinharaja. Sugar Caramel Oolong won because I felt like having something sweet! :)
Scent: Like milky palm trees! This smells so green and sappy! Like I imagine palm trees basking in the sun smell like (but I’ve never actually smelled them).
Appearance: The leaves start out tightly rolled, but quickly unfurl into these large, wide leaves! At first I thought, “Oh what a stingy sample!” —because of how small these leaves were wound, it didn’t add to much in my mug. But add the hot water and it’s like boing! the leaves unwind and end up filling half the mug!
Taste: Very fresh and “brisk”. I’m not detecting anything overtly caramel (meaning no burnt or glazed sugar taste). It’s more of a “green” sort of sweetness. Like how banana leaves smell like when they’re wrapped around sweet, sticky rice.
Final thoughts: As the liquid cools, I’m detecting more of a toasty sweetness…but it’s all still overlaid with green. This is very much a green tea. The flavoring is just a bit of enhancement.
I just have to say, this is amazing with cream! I’m so happy with my little blend. :)
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