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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
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Having only put a small dent in my Golden Moon Tea sampler, I figured it was time to really get to work on here. I must confess, that though I will try anything and usually do not have any trepidations about anything, I was a little nervous trying this. You should be happy to know, that my concern was unfounded!

The leaves smell sweet yet earthy. I brewed it hot, with no additives. The aroma of the brew smells fantastic: earthy and woodsy and like early spring when you are getting all sorts of fresh nature smells that you haven’t smelled in a long while because of winter. I’m rambling, but the scent is so difficult to describe. The taste somehow combines all of these different fragrant notes into a flavor: it is earthy with a little smoke and a little sweet.

Overall, this tea played to the senses, fantastic aroma both brewed and dry and delicious flavor.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m still amazed by steeping times in this range. I’m so scarred from my 1st pu erh experience seeing steeping times like this actually make me shudder. It’s funny how reading something can trigger a physical reaction. I had the same trepidations w/ retrying pu erh. While our preparations are vastly different, I’m glad you had success as I did!=D

Cinoi

Yay! Thanks! I think it’s probably because it wasn’t one of the cakes of tea compacted with things I don’t want to think about. I think because GM sells it loose and already cleaned, if you will, that you can steep it for that long.

Cofftea

My 1st experience was loose as well. Steeping that long brings back memories from my aunt’s farm. I just can’t handle that so I prefer shorter steeps.

Cinoi

Ah, I know what you mean, I’m sorry you had a bad one, which one was it (?) so I know to stay away!

Cofftea

It was Adagio’s Pu erh Dante, but steeped using Carolyn’s preparation instructions it was actually VERY good- I’ll never go back to steeping it like a black tea again:)

Cinoi

hmm, i considered picking it up after i enjoyed the chocolate pu-erh so much, but when i realized it was in this GM sample, i decided to try it and see if i liked it first, so they’re not all great apparently

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Cofftea

I’m still amazed by steeping times in this range. I’m so scarred from my 1st pu erh experience seeing steeping times like this actually make me shudder. It’s funny how reading something can trigger a physical reaction. I had the same trepidations w/ retrying pu erh. While our preparations are vastly different, I’m glad you had success as I did!=D

Cinoi

Yay! Thanks! I think it’s probably because it wasn’t one of the cakes of tea compacted with things I don’t want to think about. I think because GM sells it loose and already cleaned, if you will, that you can steep it for that long.

Cofftea

My 1st experience was loose as well. Steeping that long brings back memories from my aunt’s farm. I just can’t handle that so I prefer shorter steeps.

Cinoi

Ah, I know what you mean, I’m sorry you had a bad one, which one was it (?) so I know to stay away!

Cofftea

It was Adagio’s Pu erh Dante, but steeped using Carolyn’s preparation instructions it was actually VERY good- I’ll never go back to steeping it like a black tea again:)

Cinoi

hmm, i considered picking it up after i enjoyed the chocolate pu-erh so much, but when i realized it was in this GM sample, i decided to try it and see if i liked it first, so they’re not all great apparently

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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