89
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
951 tasting notes

Golden Moon sample No. 22 of 31. Fate determined Friday would be pu-erh day!

The package says it contains aged Chinese tea from the last century. Which sounds really special and exotic until you consider the last century only ended about 10 years ago. ;-P Still, 10 years is probably older than most tea I’ve tried except for the Celestial Seasonings mystery tea bags I found in the back of the pantry from years and years ago. So this should be interesting.

This is my first non-Samovar loose pu-erh, and I now know that all pu-erh leaves are not tiny and cute. These are fairly big, and chunky. They look like fragments of brown tree bark. They have a mellow, chocolate earth smell.

The tea’s aroma is really yummy, though it doesn’t have the smell I associated with pu- erhs. There’s not even a small amount of leather in this one. It smells sweet and (to me anyway) chocolatey. Like the middle-to-high chocolate notes in fresh baked brownies (just not the dark fudgy ones). The color is medium to dark brown, not as dark as the Palace Pu-erh, not as light as most black teas.

Wow, very tasty. Interestingly, it’s not like the other pu-erhs I’ve had. I really don’t get a lot of earthiness. It’s more like a very dense and flavorful black tea, smooth, sweet, some malt, and a character that verges on chewy and biscuity. Its not so much a taste as it is a connection, but I feel a strong cocoa association, maybe a little of the mocha-java as well.

I’m liking this one quite a bit. Some day when my experience has increased sufficiently I’ll have to get more scientific about my pu erh ratings. For now, I’m giving this a mark commensurate with my enjoyment from this tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
malomorgen

i just ordered those samples today :D

__Morgana__

Great, you’re going to have so much fun with them! I’ll be sad when mine are gone.

Jim Marks

It sounds like it might be a sheng instead of a shou.

__Morgana__

Could be. Doesn’t identify itself.

Rabs

Still, 10 years is probably older than most tea I’ve tried except for the Celestial Seasonings mystery tea bags I found in the back of the pantry from years and years ago.

ROFL!!!!!

__Morgana__

@Rabs, hahaha, true story. Plus I found the nursing tea I got when I had my first baby in 2004, which wasn’t all that delicious to begin with. Out it went. BTW, big shoutout to Pam Caldwell and Herblore if you ever find yourself needing help to lactate enough to keep up with demand! Fenugreek FTW!

Ricky

Pu-erh friday! I haven’t done that in a while. I still have a few pu-erh samplers from Bana Tea Company left to finish.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

malomorgen

i just ordered those samples today :D

__Morgana__

Great, you’re going to have so much fun with them! I’ll be sad when mine are gone.

Jim Marks

It sounds like it might be a sheng instead of a shou.

__Morgana__

Could be. Doesn’t identify itself.

Rabs

Still, 10 years is probably older than most tea I’ve tried except for the Celestial Seasonings mystery tea bags I found in the back of the pantry from years and years ago.

ROFL!!!!!

__Morgana__

@Rabs, hahaha, true story. Plus I found the nursing tea I got when I had my first baby in 2004, which wasn’t all that delicious to begin with. Out it went. BTW, big shoutout to Pam Caldwell and Herblore if you ever find yourself needing help to lactate enough to keep up with demand! Fenugreek FTW!

Ricky

Pu-erh friday! I haven’t done that in a while. I still have a few pu-erh samplers from Bana Tea Company left to finish.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

Location

Bay Area, California

Website

http://www.jjroth.net

Following These People