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I really like Lochan Tea, and I dig the family behind it. Their Doke garden also puts out some quality stuff. I received this in a swap thanks to Tea Trade HQ. I was psyched to see that Castleton’s new Moonlight was among the teas delivered. Last year’s Moonlight was my favorite Darjeeling of 2011.

How did this measure up?

Well, I hate to be frank…but not at all. Granted, it was fair, but nowhere near the excellence of last year’s. I’m not sure if something went wrong in delivery, or if I stored it wrong…but the entire gongfu affair started off kale-like and ended up with woodiness – at best. It reminded me quite a bit of a Chinese yellow tea rather than an oolong, which is too bad.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
The Purrfect Cup

Did I send you this one? If so I feel bad.

Geoffrey Norman

Nope, it was Mrs. Tea Trade. And no reason to feel bad about anything. I’m always glad to try new tea.

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The Purrfect Cup

Did I send you this one? If so I feel bad.

Geoffrey Norman

Nope, it was Mrs. Tea Trade. And no reason to feel bad about anything. I’m always glad to try new tea.

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