414 Tasting Notes


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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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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This tea tastes like honey. Not the slightly over-the-top honey flavor of several of my other recent cups, but true honey as though I added some myself. The black base is smooth and light like a good Ceylon should be.

There are few things I like more than a simple, well-done black tea, and this is one of my favorites that I’ve tried.

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Hmm. Not quite sure this is pumpkin pie—a little too sweet and not creamy enough. It does resemble some kind of pumpkin dessert, though, and it’s a good cup of tea. As with all the other Della Terras I’ve tried, I’ll have no trouble getting through the cup or sample, but I’m not sure I’d get it again.

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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This brewed up twice as dark as I remember it last time. Odd, because I didn’t change anything.

This cup is almost nutty, with a bit of a sweet undertone (the caramel I noted last time again). There is a smokiness to it that I don’t remember from last time, but I’m enjoying the mix of that with the strong cherry notes.

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drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
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I was expecting a true grape taste from this, but the most bizarre (and to me, hilarious) thing happened when I opened the bag: out poured the smell of grape gummies! The taste is also reminiscent of gummies or fruit snacks, but I don’t hate it. Fake grape flavor is the absolute worst for me, and yet this is kind of delicious. It has a very sweet aftertaste without being artificial, and it’s surprisingly smooth for a fruit tea. I don’t understand this one or my liking of it, but I may just get it again sometime.

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This one is really unusual. It manages to be sweet despite all the vegetables, and it’s very peachy. The green base is mild and smooth, and I definitely taste the peas, corn, and carrots before the peach takes over the sip. It’s a fresh tea, and maybe a little more suited to spring than a day when it’s snowing buckets (again)!

Another one I’m not sure I’d buy, but it’s a fun cup. Then again it may grow on me because it’s so unusual.


This seems like the type of tea that everyone should just taste due to its uniqueness. I haven’t had it yet but I hope to try it one day.


That’s why I put it in one of the samplers I got. :) I definitely recommend trying teas with vegetables in them, not because they’re necessarily my favorite but because they’re so unlike anything else.

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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.


Indiana, U.S.



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