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Golden Moon Sampler Tea #5
This was the first black tea I saw this morning, which, of course, means 8 more weeks of winter. Wait no, it just means that I made it my “must…wake…up…” morning tea. It’s a neat looking tea, love the giant long leaves. Reminds me a bit of Golden Monkey, although the taste is in no way similar.

To tell the truth I was going to just dismiss this as decidedly meh after the first (all-important morning) steeping, but after reading all of the glowing reviews, I decided I needed to give it another go, so this is actually my second try, this time in a more relaxed, paying more attention environment. I definitely see the appeal this time around. It’s just such a strongly tea-y tea. It smells like tea, tastes like tea, but more! Like, more tea than tea. Or something. It definitely hits that tea itch that I occasionally get in the back of my throat.

On the other hand, despite it’s name, it appears to be not particularly suited for me as a breakfast tea (or at least not on weekdays, maybe on weekends), since I need something quick brewing (for the many days I sleep through the alarm or hit snooze once too often) yet forgiving (for when I get distracted and let it steep for like 10 minutes). No pressure though! I think in that sense, French Breakfast wins out.

Preparation
Boiling

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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