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after today’s cup, i may just have to place an order for this. this is a light green oolong, but given my initial impression of how delicate the flavors were initially, this had a really developed flavor palette by comparison with previous tastings.
preparation-wise, i treated this like a green tea & took the 180 F temp seriously. but i let steep for 1 minute more than the recommended 3 minutes because the leaves hadn’t quite opened up yet and the water didn’t quite look like tea…
at about 4 min, to 4 min 10s, the tea liquor was finally a lovely crystalline shade of pastel yellow. the taste was really impressive….steamed white rice infused with the lovely toasted coconut which was promised in the dry leaf. i was thrilled—-the coconut really came through in this, albeit delicately. the aroma in the dry leaf smelled so much like actual toasted coconut flakes, the kind you’d sprinkle on top of vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day. as steeped tea, this reminded me of thai sticky rice with coconut instead of mango. well, sort of. the rice flavor in this oolong was not so much a heavy, starchy rice as it was rice paper….but steamed white rice it was, at least to me. i actually recall having gotten a ‘rice’ note in other oolongs i’ve tried, which i absolutely loved.
so, all in all: steamed white rice with the fragrance and flavor of toasted coconut. there may or may not have been a light florality underneath (maybe something of a gardenia which was trying to peek its head out) but this certainly tasted (and felt) like an oolong: which is sometimes hard to describe! this didn’t have the tang i found to be present in Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong, but that’s probably because this is a different varietal. regardless, it’s welcome in my cupboard any day!
Flavors: Coconut, Rice, Smooth
Tea #7 from Pass the Stash box
I like this tea. I can taste the oolong, which isn’t too overpowering. The smell of the caramel/burnt sugar was prevalent in the dry leaf. I can taste some of it in the tea, but it too, isn’t too overpowering.
I probably did oversteep it, but it is satisfying.
This sample came from mj a little while back and I’m just getting around to it.
This is an interesting oolong. The first infusion wasn’t what I was expecting. Where was the caramel? Where was the sugar? It tasted like a light roasted oolong to me, kind of nutty, and even a little fruity. The second infusion….this is where the sugar and caramel
were hiding. It tastes like a dark caramel, with that not quite to burnt sugar taste. And the fruit is a lot stronger, too. Oh, this is nice. The third infusion the caramel burnt sugar taste is really toned down but still there. It’s nice. I like it.
Badamtam First Flush
fuzzy, floral, i like this
cup of Darjeeling
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: floral (honeysuckle), sweet, a little vegetal, fuzzy white tea
Steeped Tea Smell: slightly floral and vegetal, a little hay
Flavor: sweet melon, a little fuzzy and floral, sour finish
Aftertaste: bakey, vegetal, grassy
Liquor: translucent light brown-orange
as it cools i get grape (red)
My coworkers and I enjoyed this tea.
I guess i forgot to resteep?
Rating: 3/4 leaves
Backlog from last night:
I took this with me in a thermos last night – my husband and I walked down to the waterfront to see if we could catch any fireworks. We weren’t disappointed. We originally hoped to see about watching the fireworks that took place a few km down the shore in the distance, but a bunch of random local people brought their own fireworks to set off. It was quite a show! We had our camp chairs and sat under a tree, and I sipped this.
However, thermos drinking really doesn’t allow the flavour of this tea to come to the fore. I need to get some more chais in my collection – this is nice, but the shipping cost from Golden Moon to Canada is ridiculous. Here’s hoping my order of Just Charming Chai from Just Organic Tea’s Kickstarter (it’s shipping in about a week!) will be just as good.
Drank the last of this at work today. This is a solid Yunnan style black tea. It’s rich, with a hint of chocolate, some nutty goodness, a little sweet, and maybe just a hint of stone fruit hanging around in the background. I really like it, but considering how hard it is to get Golden Moon teas into Canada, I don’t think I will be re ordering it. There are other black teas out there that are just as good, but don’t have a 30.00 (something) shipping charge attached to it.
So…I gotta say first off, I don’t get why all the Golden Moon Tea ads are all about this one tea. They act like it is the BEST coconut tea you’ll ever have!
Because like most coconut teas taste the same…It seems pretty hard to screw up a coconut tea. But that’s just a newbie talking. What do I know!
Anyway, the initial flavor I caught was obviously coconut.
But after a few sips all I could taste was butter. Slightly salty even. It’s like you go to the theater and instead of putting the butter on your popcorn you put it all into drink and put a pinch of salt in after it. That’s how buttery it tastes. Imagine drinking that straight…that’s how it is.
Well…that sounds horrible. It’s drinkable, but I’ve had better coconut teas. Maybe I’m just off today xD Sorry, mj1851!!
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Salt
Thank you 221Tea for the sample! It’s been a while (well, a few weeks maybe?) since I’ve had a hot cuppa Genmaitcha and man was it good to have one! I needed that sweet cup of roasty, toasty goodness!
This one was definitely very pretty to look at; dry the brown rice was all a brilliant bright green from the matcha it was coated in, and steeped up the liquor was a slightly cloudy green as well! I wish I’d made it in my clear glass mug so I could have looked at it better. It was perdy.
Taste wise, this was pretty straight forward: vegetal green and toasty rice. It leaned a little more towards the toasty side which did surprise me a little considering the matcha in the mix. I was braced for something a little more vegetal.
Flavors: Roasted, Seaweed, Vegetal
All you lovely Steepsterites keep saying “smokey Keemun” – I’ve actually never really found the smoke in Keemun – that would be until I tried this one. This is not as smokey as a Lapsang Souchong – but it’s right up there with a smokey, roasted oolong.
I don’t think I like this. I don’t really need smoke in my black teas. The packages says chocolate notes with peach in the finish. No chocolate, no peach – just smokey black tea. Happy to have tried it – will not be restocking.
As I sit here lovingly sipping my third cup of this today I wonder why I originally rated this a 92. Changed the rating to a 99 because this is now my favorite tea. I drink 2-3 cups every morning and love it so much that when I traveled to my sister’s this past wknd it is the one I had to take with me. The caramel/molasses flavors in this tea make it wonderfully sweet all on it’s own. Adding just a touch of milk to it gives it a creaminess that makes it just perfect.Two of my nieces turned out to be big tea drinkers-something I never knew before I really got “into” tea because it had really never come up. One of them totally fell for this tea and is now interested in loose leaf teas as well. The other….well, she’s still on her Bigelow bag tea that she has been downing as a pregnancy craving…lol.
In any case, I will NEVER be without this tea unless they stop selling it. It is so good I can’t even “hoard” it and “save it for special occasions” like I usually do when I find a really good one I love. I am addicted to it so if I run out I’ll just get more. LOL.
Flavors: Caramel, Molasses
I’m still sipping my way through Dexter3657 black tea pack. Thanks again for your infinite generosity :-)
I’m surprised to be the first to review this excellent tea.
Yunnan black. So good. Beautiful golden colour, its aroma makes me drool even though I just ate a full plate of penne primavera with lots of extra parmesan cheese. (Burp!)
This tea feels like a sunday dessert. Peach and chocolate syrup, honey drizzle with nutty crumbles on top! Where is the cherry, you ask? In the bowl I’m about to have right after, fresh Bing cherries, yum! (Yep, this Fairy was a hungry one tonight!)
Another hit this tea, thanks again Dexter!
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Nuts, Peach
Another sample from Sil! (238)
I’m drinking this one while I catch up on my backlogging from earlier. It’s a really nice oolong – it’s darker instead of greener, which is what I like, and it has a bit of caramel sweetness to it that I am a fan of. I could see myself drinking this one fairly frequently.
To continue my nightly tea binge, I chose this little dude, brought to me by the charismatic mj1851. Thanks gurl! The dry leaf smells strongly of toffee and caramel, and I’m really looking forward to having this in my mouth right now. The water may have been a bit too hot when I steeped it, on a count of me being lazy and not wanting to check the temperature of the water, so I don’t know…I may have screwed it up. Let’s try it, yeah?
I just splashed a whole bunch of very hot water on my eyeball, in my eager attempt to take a sip. Who needs two eyeballs anyway? So now about the tea: slight butter taste. Noticeable, but I’ve definitely had more buttery. Pleasant. There’s also a slight vegetal je-ne-sais-quoi and the caramel is there, but it should be there more. Caramel, why are you hiding in the background? Come here! I just want to talk to you! Come!
Nope, he doesn’t want to come out. Maybe if I let it cool down a bit. Let me just put my freakin’ safety goggles on before I take another sip lol. Well, I can now detect a vanilla-like flavour. Not exactly vanilla, but something like it. Maybe…sugar? But the thing is this tea is not sweet at all. It tastes like sugar, but doesn’t taste sweet. Am I talking crazy again? Probably. Now where do you buy an eye patch? Preferably one with ruffles, fringe or print, because an eye patch is no excuse for a fashion faux-pas.
God. What am I saying.
This is another sample from Dexter3657.
I love a good Keemun, but my liking is proportional to their level of smoke. A few exceptions aside, I’m not a fan of smoke in tea.
This Keemun falls in the middle for me. It’s moderately smoky, with nice fruity and floral undertones, though I can’t really pinpoint the peach and lilac mentioned in its description.
The truth is, the smoke ruins it a bit for me, so I decided to try my second cup “Sil’s Style”, with maple syrup you have guessed. I very rarely add anything to my tea, but maple syrup will sometimes join the party and help a little with difficult ones.
Does’t really help in this case I’m afraid, the smoke’s sharpness still cuts trough.
Oh well, I’m still very happy I got the chance to try it, it helps me narrow down excacly the type of Keemun I prefer.
Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing with me :-)
I was super excited to find another tea that was called Kashmiri Chai. So excited that I overlooked the fact that this is black and my long lost love that I’m trying to replace, Zhi Tea’s Kashmiri Chai, was green. Got to tone down the blinding tea enthusiasm.
This tea is nice. It isn’t impressing me excessively tho. Smells nice and cinnamon like. When I sip, I taste the cardamon, clove and cinnamon, but it in’t really spicy and I do like spice. Zhi’s version had a ton of cardamon, but it is hard to pick out in this one. The black base seems okay, kinda lingers in the back. I added cream and sugar, but I might try boiling it on the stove in proper chai fashion.
I finally tried this one today! I’m not normally in an oolong mood, but this one was quite nice, and the leaf smells heavenly.
I steeped this using a gaiwan and got about 7-8 steeps out of it, though only the first 3-4 had a lot of flavour. Later on, some astringency (that “curly” oolong taste I keep noticing) came through. My mouth also tingled a bit. The leaf expanded so much in the gaiwan!
Next time I’ll try it western style and see how it compares.
I wanted to try this one from Rachel’s sale a while back when I saw Dinosara was selling some… to make sure I didn’t love it and needed to buy it. :D It’s difficult to taste anything in this first cup. But it seems like a white tea to me. The leaves are long and spikey, almost like another tea I had the other day I hadn’t seen before. I love the name! I dropped the sample pouch on the floor and lost a few of the leaves, but it was right before I vacuumed anyway. I hate dropping tea on the floor, but it was a one cup sample anyway… germs gone and not back in my tea collection! The second steep wasn’t much better than the first. Kind of boring, this one.
This tea brews up to a nice classic copper orange colour and smells of plum tinted with cherry, cinnamon, and malt with brown sugar. There is a hint of sweet potato as it cools and the spice becomes slightly floral reminding me of clover nectar.
It taste very smooth with sweet sugary fruit notes up front, strong ripe plum is evident sprinkled with brown sugar, followed by a soft floral note that is slightly powdery and finished with malt. The texture is almost creamy. Hidden in the malt is a bit of cocoa and sweet potato. There is a slight grain note like barley present. The flavour is rich but the tea seems to be too thin to add milk to. The aftertaste is a mix of bitter malt and sugared fruit. A very nice mix of fruit, spice, floral notes and malt.
Thank you so much Dexter3657 for sharing this sample for me. It is quite a nice Ceylon.