409 Tasting Notes

drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
409 tasting notes

First tea of the day. This one is darker than I remember. Maybe I let it steep longer than before? I’m starting to worry about inconsistent brewing, but considering I don’t love this one either way I guess it’s not so much of a problem. I will have to practice using my new kettle, though, which means more tea.

Brewing this cup darker means even less rose scent and flavor. It’s mostly just black tea with a slight hint of something floral, but if I wanted something like that I’d get a straight black with floral notes. I’m lowering my rating on this, because I’m too disappointed to have such a high number attached to it.

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Mom insisted no more caffeine tonight and I wanted a sweet tea, so liquid pie it is. The smell of this is really amazing, probably one of the best-smelling teas I have right now and definitely the best-smelling rooibos. I’m not exaggerating when I say I could smell this all day.

This cup is even better than I remember; creamy, lemony, decidedly like pie. Every other rooibos I’ve had pales in comparison, honestly. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a creamy tea before. As soon as the sample runs out I’ll have to get a bag.


Oh this sounds so good. I keep seeing comments on this tea. I need to just break down and get a sample:) I love lemon tea!


When you get the chance I recommend it! Their try-me samplers are really generous in size and all the teas I’ve tried so far are interesting at least and incredible at best. :)

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Opening the tin, this smells like crème brûlée. It happens to be one of my favorite desserts (or possibly favorite foods, period—I love custard). This is a darker oolong than I usually go for, but it smells wonderful as it steeps: coffee, caramel, some cream notes and a touch of something that smells more like a black tea. It’s slightly sharp but in a good way.

This brews up a pretty greenish gold color. The taste is incredible—I expected the added flavor to be sweet, perhaps even to the point of being too much, but it’s subtle and smooth. Because this is a dark oolong it has some roasted flavors, which means it tastes more like burnt caramel than anything else. Not what I was expecting, but it hits the spot right now.

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drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
409 tasting notes

I’ve been putting this one off a little bit. I love rose anything (scented, flavored, you name it), but most rose teas are lacking for me. So far the only one I truly adore is the one I got from Harrods in July, which is basically just straight rosebuds—of course, it’s not available online and anything like it is incredibly expensive anywhere else. Sigh.

This one is better than expected. I guess my standards for rose tea are too high, but when I drink one I really want rose flavor more than black tea. Tiny petal pieces simply will not do it! Somehow this one takes the tiny petal pieces and becomes a moderately flavorful rose tea, but the black tea flavor is still stronger than the floral notes. I’m ultimately left with a “that’s all?” sort of feeling, which is not what I want from a floral tea. As a black blend it’s very good, but as a rose tea I wouldn’t reach for it.

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I feel like I need some caffeine, so more blacks it is. Luckily about half of the teas in Golden Moon’s sample box are black, and all of them sound interesting.

This one is a bit of a letdown after a few of the other cups I’ve had today. It’s not bad, but it’s not very exciting. It’s a bit savory with some light honey notes toward the end. So far not in love with it, but I still have at least one more serving in the pouch, so we’ll see.

ETA: I figured out why I don’t like this one; it reminds me of soup. Which soup I have no clue. Something smoky, perhaps? Regardless, it’s not what I’m looking for in a tea!

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A wonderful cup to relax with. The vanilla emphasizes the jasmine and cuts its usual bitterness, and the jasmine lends the vanilla a nice floral touch. This is a very smooth tea. Again, it’s just a touch sweet and I didn’t have to add anything.

I think I’ll have to choose a few of Golden Moon’s teas to keep around at any given time, because this is ridiculous: I haven’t found one yet that I dislike. I guess this means I’ve accidentally stumbled on a new favorite company.

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Had this just before heading off to the doctor’s today—still very perfume-y to me in the best possible way. This is probably one of the most complex teas I’ve had, but I like it a lot. I don’t know if I’ll be buying this anytime soon; In Pursuit of Tea doesn’t seem to have size choices, and 4 oz. of this is on the expensive side for me just now. However I like it more the more I drink it, and would definitely reach for it if it was available to me.

In other news my allergies have all apparently disappeared even though I still feel them all. Hmm. I’m a medical mystery.

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Resteep with the leaves from last night. Not sure why, but I wasn’t feeling much like tea yesterday aside from with meals. Today I’m back to wanting lots again.

This is actually wonderful resteeped. The first cup has a sharp, green taste like fresh coconut but this is much mellower and sweeter. It has a creaminess to it not present in the first cup. I can definitely taste an oolong base (although I’ve never had straight pouchong), and overall it’s refreshing.

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Lovely as before. I let it steep longer this time and it produced a sweeter coconut flavor, which is really nice. I thought this would go well with dinner (Indian takeout tonight), and it’s wonderful. This seems to grow on me more the more I drink it, which is a characteristic of my favorite teas, so it may creep up in my rankings over time. I think I’ll resteep this one later.

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This one smells a bit like a granola bar or a lemon square. I’m impressed by Della Terra’s ability to make their teas smell like the fruit and crust parts of a dessert!

This is tarter and more intensely lemony than the Lemon Chiffon, but it rivals it for creaminess. I don’t like it as much as the Chiffon because of the cranberries—just a touch too tart—but it is a good cup and a nice lemon tea. It reminds me of a grown-up version of the Lemon Zinger tea I loved as a kid.

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.


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