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I’ve had this a couple times now, though apparently not written a note about it. I had this yesterday and it was a really plesant cup. Jin Jun Mei’s have typically not been a preferred type for me – they’re often hit or miss, but this one isn’t bad. Middle of the road though, so nothing spectacular. Smooth brew, sort of a slight chocolate note going on…not really malty or anything like that. Better note next time i have it – will write while drinking :)

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I had tried this earlier using my prefered moonlight 80C water temp. It was nice a little sweet, a little hay like, maybe some honey. Of the moonlight cakes I bought, this was my favorite.
conversation was happening today regarding the best way to steep moonlight and OMGsrsly said….. boiling water, flash steeps. Really? OK I never use boiling water and certainly not on a white tea, but I respect her opinion so I tried this tonight using her method. Wow, I was wrong. This method takes this tea to another level. It really brings out the honey notes, there is some subtle fruit notes in the earlier steeps. Later steeps and this is becoming more like a black. The changes in the steeps is more pronounced. I need to revisit some of the other moonlights in my collection.
Tea friends are the best, thank you so much for making me try this. :)

Ubacat

This got me thinking. I remember how much I loved my first moonlight and then some of the others paled in comparison. That’s because I first brewed it with boiling water! Then I was told to use lighter temperatures which I did when trying all the rest.

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Morning brew let down…
This was like an oolong oiled up in a bit of salt and then given to me in a warm cup.

Daylon R Thomas

I got the same reaction. I chose it for this mornings tea, and it was kinda bland. There’s definitely some complexity, but I only got a roasted taste with hints of salt and butter. Nice mouth feel, but not that flavorful.

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82

noms! the lsat of this is off to a tea friend…eventually haha. have really enjoyed this one the more that i have it – being slightly tastier and maltier when i overleaf just a little. happy to have experience this one.

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82

yay for this tea. It’s not at the top of my list but it is a good one, and it’s nice to have it while i’m currently working on draining my cupboard of all my favourites. lol

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82

super hot here lately, though i think the heat has finally broken. Not drinking as much as normal, but still trying to keep on working on my older teas. I am almost through this one as i need to set aside a little for sharing :) I am still enjoying this one, though there’s no need to repurchase

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82

i am enjoying this offering from dragon tea house. Ir’s not as rich as some of the other versions that i’ve tried but it’s a decent cup and one that i’ll enjoy finishing up.

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82

someday i’ll try this gonfu style..for now, i’ve been drinking this as of late – western style and the brew has been exactly what i want. Smooth, malty, delicious.

Dexter

I need to remember to get some of this next time I order from DTH. :)

Sil

i can send you some to try!

Dexter

Thanks, is ok – I’m pretty sure I would like this and always looking for free shipping sources of good black tea. I just never look from DTH and I should. :)

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82

malty and delicious. need i say more? yum

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82

this is delicious this morning. Malty, rich and just what i needed! :)

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82

I had this again today and it was MUCH more delicious and exactly what i was looking for. The right balance of malt and strength in a tea. Will it replace other favourites in my cupboard long term? no….but i will enjoy drinking this one as long as i have it

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82

Finally getting around to having space in my cupboard to open a few more teas that i haven’t tried. This is one of those sorts of teas. I need to have this one again, to really reflect on it. I remember enjoying it, but i can’t recall why or to what extent. overall a positive tea drinking experience but i’ll have to write a more proper note when i get to having it again.

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GCTTB

I think this tea has been in the box for awhile. I didn’t try it last time so gave it try this time.

I didn’t like this tea at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum tea before but this one was a syrupy sweet drink. I just couldn’t finish it.

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15

From the last round of the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox.

Ugh, I don’t know what it is about this tea but I’m really not liking it at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum in teas before but never by itself and the I’m finding the flavour to be rather off-putting. It has a musty, slightly bitter-herb flavour that reminds me very much of how the mums I plant in the garden smell. Bleh, I don’t know if I can finish the cup to be honest.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Took me a while to get around to trying this tea. Bought it quite a while ago. Didn’t gongfu it. Brewed it western style. It is a fairly pleasant tasting tea with light roasted notes, very light. The leaves are green and do not look roasted but that is what I taste.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Mmmm, big thank you to Anlina for giving me a sample of this to try. :) I admit, I remembered the “omg chocolate-covered raisins!” description while steeping this, so I was probably a bit primed to taste that, but yeah, this is a very raisin-y tea! It’s also smooth, rich, malty, full-bodied, with some of that classic yunnan black earthiness and a lingering sweetness. Tasty. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tea is one that I don’t properly know how to describe. It tastes nothing like a raw puerh, and nothing like a ripe puerh. It is not bitter but the main flavor is not one I would describe as sweet or for that matter sour. It is closer to a salty flavor if anything. Is this what they call umami? I don’t know. I stored this tea in my pumidor with my sheng as Dragon Tea House calls it raw puerh. It does not seem to have taken on the flavor of the sheng in my pumidor. I don’t love or hate this tea but I don’t think I would buy it again if I ever ran out.

I steeped this six times in a 170ml teapot with 11g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. I should also mention that this tea developed the color of a black tea if anything by the second infusion. I think you would get at least ten or twelve infusions out of this tea but I didn’t like it enough to continue after six infusions.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 tsp 6 OZ / 170 ML
Ubacat

This is one of those mystery moonlight teas again. I’ve been trying to adjust my steep time with these teas to see what works best. The puerh steeping method doesn’t seem to bring out the best in them.

AllanK

This one might be better brewed western style.

Ubacat

I just brewed a moonlight today (see my recent review). It was better on the steep that brewed longer. I definitely thing western brew might be the way to go with this type of tea.

Dexter

The one that I really liked was also in cake form I did about 5g 150ml 90C for about 30 sec to start and added time from there. There might be a learning curve here. I ordered a cake of this so will have lots to play with. I agree that Western might be the way to go….

OMGsrsly

I do 5g in ~70-100ml, shorter steeps. We’re all different. :)

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85

It has the honeyed barley taste I’ve come to think of when I hear Da Hong Pao .For the price this tea makes me very happy , $6.99 for 50g and free shipping so its a good deal. You do wait awhile for shipping though.

Flavors: Honey, Roasted Barley

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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