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drank French Breakfast by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

Well as a blizzard slams NJ, I took off of work, I did not want to drive in these conditions, end of story. Anyway, since it is breakfast time and I can have a full breakfast on my day off, I will have some Breakfast Tea. I chose this one because it was on top.

The leaves are small and black and give a distinctly black tea smell. Ceylon. They do not smell unique or intriguing, just like black tea. I’m fine with this. Brewed 4 minutes hot, with no additives. As I have said, I traditionally take breakfast tea with milk and sweetener, but I chose to try this on it’s own first.

The initial aroma of the brewed tea is what I expected, it is black tea: with the subtle earthy aroma with a hint of natural sweetness, maybe honey. Smells wonderful. The flavor however, goes so much further beyond the smell, it is earthy and rich, it is smooth and sweet without any sweetener, there is a full-bodied flavor going on here without any effort at all.

This tastes like the ideal you hope to get out of every black tea they serve you at a restaurant; it’s like an older, now-stale bag, you know what you want to taste, and what you want to taste is rich, smooth, full-bodied range of pick-me-up and start-my-day tea. This is EXACTLY what you are getting from this French Breakfast tea, hearty yet delicious black tea. I am so glad I added nothing to this, I may have to go back and try all of the other breakfast teas I adulterated by adding milk and sweetener.

Also, as a note, expect a full array of ratings today, the day is young, and I have no where to be. Until then!

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takgoti

Haha, that’s how I feel. There is zippy reason to be out on the street when it’s snowing/snowed this heavily unless it’s absolutely necessary, stir crazy or not. There was an article on washingtonpost.com that actually started, “Some idiot was sliding around near Arlington’s Court House Metro station…” It’s pathetic and hilarious, because it’s true.

And I love that a newspaper article started out with “some idiot.”

Cinoi

Well, the newspaper was absolutely right, you should stay inside unless it is dire during these storms, it’s three days later and we are barely just dug out of this one. We got 18 inches, and the state was not ready for it.

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takgoti

Haha, that’s how I feel. There is zippy reason to be out on the street when it’s snowing/snowed this heavily unless it’s absolutely necessary, stir crazy or not. There was an article on washingtonpost.com that actually started, “Some idiot was sliding around near Arlington’s Court House Metro station…” It’s pathetic and hilarious, because it’s true.

And I love that a newspaper article started out with “some idiot.”

Cinoi

Well, the newspaper was absolutely right, you should stay inside unless it is dire during these storms, it’s three days later and we are barely just dug out of this one. We got 18 inches, and the state was not ready for it.

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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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