Golden Mint Coffee & Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

84

Backlog!
This was good. So soothing.
For a long time I was not a fan of Keemums at all. Recently though, I dunno, I’ve been actually craving it!
There were some light creamy notes, with a hint of smoke and cigars, but not in the way I find Assams get. No this was sweeter with an almost candied finish. Not bad!!

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61

Something about this tea bothered me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Something about the mouthfeel.
Reminded me vaguely of a vanilla tea from way back that made me ill once but that isn’t quite it! I’m stumped… though I can certainly see how others would adore it. Managed to finish my cup, and enjoyed it kindof, but had trouble getting to the bottom.
Milk n sugar helped a little, making it more caramel icecream like. Still… Won’t be doing that one again!

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72

I let this steep a tad too long, distracted by conversation. Oh darn…
but overall, rather pleasant if not a little finicky. I love the mango aroma.

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77

My second black tea of the day. Quite good though!
Without any dairy, I found it to be a little bland, but with the addition of just a little milk, it was surprisingly accurate to the taste of white chocolate! Impressive. I’d buy it again.
Thanks Raritea for the company!

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64

Very perfume-y in aroma and flavour. Black tea flavour is mild.

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81

Backlog! I was craving a pu-erh yesterday so went a little outta my way to swing by Golden Mint, on my way to work from a doc app. I’m glad I did, it was an interesting tea. I can’t say I’m super wowed though. I found this one to be very light. Mild caramel notes, and an even milder bakiness. Like a crisp cracker almost. Personally, I prefer my pu-erhs darker and rich. Nonetheless I could tell that I was drinking a quality cuppa :)

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ughhhhhhhhh to brain fried to type.
This was my post exam keep-me-awake cuppa. It did a good job for maybe an hour and then faded fast.
As for the tea? it was good. Malty. Rich. Keemum goodness.
Except I was in a big rush (had to be at a picnic in the park!) and didn’t add enough sugar… so with every sip, being as zoned out as I was, this is what flashed into my thoughts: Mmmm this is good. but this is cream, not milk! it’s obscuring the tea flavour. and I should have added a tad more sugar, it could really use a dash more.
Yep… every darn sip! it didn’t help that I’d forgotten to bring distraction materials with me (ie. my post exam brain dump/trashy romance novel)
So I shan’t rate this now, as I need to try it again with fair circumstances.
Goodnight world…

Bonnie

Oh shan’t you!

Indigobloom

yup! I heart that word :P

SimpliciTEA

“my post exam brain dump/trashy romance novel” I love it!

I hope your exams went well! : )

Indigobloom

hehe thx SimpliciTea. There is no shame in admitting one’s (occasional) vice!

Bonnie

It’s that or solitare!

Indigobloom

or tea reviewing :P

Lynne-tea

Congrats on finishing the exam!

Indigobloom

thanks Lynne-Tea. I’m so glad it’s over now! :)

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88

Wow! the first black I’ve seriously enjoyed in a long time! (shhh, don’t tell Assam k?)
Well, that isn’t the whole truth. At first, I wasn’t so sure. The hot cup was a bit too bold for my liking. But then as I got through it, the boldness evened out and the malty stepped up into a caramel like sweet and creamy goodness. I’mpressed!!! -ha, oh dear the grammar cadets will be after me for that one… but I’m stickin with it :P
Hmmm, I think this might be one to purchase, eventually. After I get through the rest of the Golden Mint’s lineup. I’m never around when they are open… so when I am it’s a special treat! Funny though, it’s only $2.25 per cup(almost 30c cheaper than Davids!) and yet most of their blends are $7.50/50g, except their black’s which are $6!! It all seems so backwards to me. Expensive loose, but cheaper by the cup, and cheaper black tea than rooibos?!
Bah, the tea was good… what more do ya need?

Bonnie

The only way the grammar cadets will get you is if you keep drinking that perfumey (huh) White Rose Tea! You girly girl!

Indigobloom

heh, what can I say… I push the boundaries, reinventing the English language to meet my lazy standards. Heh heh heh :)

Bonnie

You my good lady are NOT lazy!

Scott B

Is this a generic black then? And is it orthodox or ctc? I’ve been wanting to try some African teas.

Indigobloom

Bonnie, well most of the time I’m not… :)
Scott Bee: I believe it was orthodox. I only saw one ctc tea and it was labelled as such in the store. No flavourings or anything added. I was surprised how good it was!

Indigobloom

Also, try the Milima from Kenya, one of my faves

Scott B

thanks for the tips :)

Angrboda

I was super impressed by Tanzanian black the first time I had it as well. I was expecting it to be CTC when I ordered it, but received an enourmous leafed tea instead. It was just wonderful. I had much the same initial experience with it that you did. ‘Wow, that’s strong’ followed by ‘gosh, this is lovely’.

Indigobloom

Scott: anytime!
Angrboda: wow, so I’m not the only one! interesting. If it weren’t for my tea buying ban I’d go back and pick some up tomorrow!

Angrboda

Yeah, I desperately want to place a few orders as well. Not because there’s anything I need, just because I’m not allowed. I’ve told myself that I’m not allowed to buy anything at all not strictly necessary until the other side of the wedding. Not even books! But anyway, the Tanzania, I ordered it mostly beause I didn’t know they had a tea production at all. It totally sparked an interest in exploring the african continent some more.

Indigobloom

It is quite interesting indeed! Where did you order it from?

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