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drank Snow Sprout by Golden Moon Tea
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Golden Moon Sampler Tea #31
Well, this is it, the last one. I’d been kind of avoiding finally drinking the last sample because that would be the end, and it made me sad. But I guess that now I have my 52teas order to look forward to (and my Matcha!) so I will not be pining for new things to distract me from the teas I have for too long. Of course, this also means that I can get down to the business of getting the teas that I was particularly impressed with, but, alas, Ewa’s Pocketbook dictates that this must wait. In fact, my Golden Moon order must compete in line with: samples from Harney & Sons, the teas I decided on from my Upton samples, AND replenishment of some Adagio teas I am running low on. So who KNOWS when I’ll get around to them.

But let’s talk about this tea. The leaves were very light and smelled almost sweet, which was intriguing, but unfortunately I think I used too much water, because the taste is very faint and doesn’t have the sort of “full” quality that teas with a naturally light taste have when brewed properly. The liquid is very light, a pale brownish yellow almost verging on tan. Not quite the same color as white tea though. It’s somehow…greyer, if that makes sense.

The taste, light as it is, is a delicate sweetness and a very light generalized vegetal taste. The longer it steeps the more hay-like it gets, but I’m not really noticing any of the herbal notes that the description talks about. It’s certainly pleasant enough, but I like my teas a little bolder. Okay, a lot bolder.

And that’s that. The end of the sampler! It was a lot of fun trying all of these different teas, and, to be perfectly honest, I DO still have some left over samples that happened to have slightly more leaves in them. I do wish the packets were slightly larger, so I could try each of these teas two separate times, or so if I accidentally oversteeped/overwatered/overanythinged a tea on the first go around I would have the chance to correct the mistake, but beggars can’t be choosers and the sampler is still a great value and great fun.

I take my leave of my Official Golden Moon Sampler Tasting with this reminder:
And in the end, the tea you take, is equal to the tea you make.
HAHAHAHA THAT’S STUCK IN YOUR HEADS NOW! MY EVIL PLAN IS COMPLETE

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Congrats on the end of an era. Buy more samplers!

Rabs

Okay, but what evil plan is this out of how many? Cuz that would be a lame evil plan if that’s the only one you have. I know deep down that you can do eviler-ier. ;)

I think that I’ve sort of walked away (temporarily) from my GM sampler cuz I have so many other teas suddenly, and I was getting down to the ones I’m not so interested in trying. This is where I kick myself for not doing the random grab :(

Rabs

Oh yeah, for something constructive: I’d suggest that when you eventually get around to placing a GM order then you can add samples (99 cents – woohoo!) from the ones that you thought weren’t given a fair chance. :)

Ewa

well that is on the “mildly annoying” end of my evil plan scale. the scale stretches all the way to diabolical, I swear!

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__Morgana__

Congrats on the end of an era. Buy more samplers!

Rabs

Okay, but what evil plan is this out of how many? Cuz that would be a lame evil plan if that’s the only one you have. I know deep down that you can do eviler-ier. ;)

I think that I’ve sort of walked away (temporarily) from my GM sampler cuz I have so many other teas suddenly, and I was getting down to the ones I’m not so interested in trying. This is where I kick myself for not doing the random grab :(

Rabs

Oh yeah, for something constructive: I’d suggest that when you eventually get around to placing a GM order then you can add samples (99 cents – woohoo!) from the ones that you thought weren’t given a fair chance. :)

Ewa

well that is on the “mildly annoying” end of my evil plan scale. the scale stretches all the way to diabolical, I swear!

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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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