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Oolongs aren’t my favorite teas but I keep on trying because I know there are lots out there and someday I might hit on one that is perfect for me. The aroma of the dry leaves is vegetal with an overtone of caramel. The initial sip is too vegetal with only a bit of caramel sweetness. After letting it cool a bit and adding a drop of stevia the caramel pops! I am not noticing any astringency or over-vegetal taste that I thought there might be when I first poured it. Nothing bad but nothing to rush out to buy.
The pearls are neat – small, slightly fizzy and striped with dark green and silver when they were dry. The leaves were a bit slow to unwind and the first steep at two minutes was a little bland. A second steep (@3:15 min) gave the leaves more of a chance to unfurl and the end result almost looked like a bunch of curls. I found the flavour was fuller and much improved on the second steep as well.
This tea is fairly similar to the jasmine green all told – there’s maybe a bit more substance to the base and a bit more character but to be honest in my opinion both of them are nothing special. Part of that I think is because I’m generally not a fan of jasmine teas (Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmine being the only exception) and that biases me against them somewhat.
A few months back I purchase the Tea Taster’s sampler from Golden Moon – 31 new samples to try – whoo.
There seem to be two jasmine teas in the sampler – jasmine green and jasmine pearls – I’m curious as to whether there’s any difference so I’ll try the pearls tomorrow and compare them.
This one is a pretty basic jasmine green tea. I’m generally not a big fan of jasmine – too often the tea blenders over-do it and it’s super-cloying and ends up tasting like perfume or soap. This one isn’t bad however, as the jasmine is pretty mild. The green tea base is rather uninspired though – it’s nothing special just your very basic green tea.
I’m finishing my sample of this. It’s okay. That’s all that can be said about this – OKAY. I think pear might not work for me as a tea flavoring. And it makes tea smell a little bit like urine.
However, I did give in to the Golden Moon’s free shipping offer (code: freeshipping, US only) and today ordered an ounce of Sugar Caramel Oolong (it was dirt cheap – $4.99) and about 9 samples of their teas that I haven’t tried yet.
Also, I’m waiting for some nice day off to sample swap teas or the ones that I have recently acquired. I don’t work many hours a week (~25) but DO they wear me out…
I must say, this tea didn’t move me one bit.
I love honey and I love pears. But when their flavors are combined into tea, it doesn’t seem like a mix that sits with my taste buds too well. Or maybe it’s just this one.
The flavoring is not extremely strong, as is the case with other Golden Moon teas, but it verged dangerously on the artificial, and I didn’t like that very much. I was mostly getting pear with a promise of honey (a promise that was never kept) and the base was much too weak – but perhaps it is my fault, I could’ve underleafed it slightly.
I still have a serving-worth left, I’ll try to perhaps steep it longer and we’ll see how that goes.
I still love Golden Moon teas, though!
Sipdown on the sample! And it didn’t quite make a second 12 oz. cup, so I added some French breakfast in there, which turned out to be an excellent idea because I think I tasted more honey this time. This is definitely a delicious pear tea, dessert-y and not too floral. If I were to order more pear tea, this one would be it!
I only bought a small sample of this tea because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. When I opened the sample, the dry leaf had a very strong, almost harsh pear scent. I immediately thought of Della Terra Teas’ perfect pear tea, which was okay, but too perfume-y. Once steeped, however, the tea still had that strong scent, but the taste was lovely. It was much more smooth, and kind of the perfect pairing of pear and honey. I actually really liked it! It’s not as harsh as it smells and no where near as perfume-y as DTT’s pear tea. Hmm, maybe I should have gone for the 1 oz. pouch…I guess there’s always next time!!
I drank this tea in my new color-changing whale mug from DavidsTea this morning. I’ve never owned a color- changing mug before, and it’s AWESOME! It’s like magic, like it shows the color only while you’re drinking the tea, so it’s like tea is the magic element! Ha!
This tea is a solid breakfast tea, but I like the flavor profile of Sinharaja loads more. Honestly, the delicious honeyed smell I get from the dry leaf didn’t really come through in the steeped cup. Maybe I’m killing it by adding soymilk? I don’t know, but I do know the whale mug is AWESOME! :)
Was very productive today…cleaned out two of my tea shelves. I mainly wanted to pull out teas that need to be cleared out. I found about 4oz of Yumberry Wulong separated it different spots. That is a clear sign I have too much tea.
So I figured I really need to sip down teas that are in baggies from swaps. This could have been in my cupboard for a year! I really have no idea when I got it.
Upon opening I really did not smell much in the way of jasmine or vanilla! In fact I really couldn’t smell even the tea base so had to come on here and look it up. Once brewed though I could clearly smell the jasmine and vanilla!
Being this sample is old I really don’t taste too much jasmine. In fact, I really dislike vanilla teas because tea companies don’t seem to pair them with the right black base. This is perfect in both regards. I’m definitely going to get some of this some day…fresher of course – lol.
This may be my favorite unflavored black tea. It’s so freaking delicious! I made some at work with microwaved water and it was still delicious! It tastes like a smooth malty berry tea. I see another order from Golden Moon in my near future; however I’ve got to get through some of my massive cupboard of tea first! I really want to try their keemum! Oh the temptation!
Yum, yum, yum!! This is freaking delicious! So smooth, and I can taste the hint of berries and molasses even though my taste buds and sense of smell have been dampened by residual congestion from the last time I was sick. That means, it’ll be even more yummy when I can actually taste it! Ha! Can’t wait! I can see this tea becoming a staple straight black for me. I’m very impressed with Golden Moon Tea so far, and I have 6 more new teas to try! :)
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Oh, boy…I’m a fan of this. There’s a great, smooth – almost buttery – note from the tea that layers in under the creamy coconut flavours. The mouthfeel is also buttery and lingers for a comfortingly long while; it’s the perfect sort of thing to sip while doing emails and puttering around on the computer.
It almost reminds me of freshly-baked shortbread cookies in all the best ways. Delicious, addictive and all kinds of wonderful…I’d drink as much of it as I could wrangle up. :)
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I was pleasantly surprised by this tea…there’s a subtle caramel smoothness that goes along with the mellow, woodsy oolong notes. It’s not an overly complicated drink, but it goes down easy and lingers in your mouth in a way that’s comforting and rather enjoyable.
I’m not sure if I would buy it for myself, but it is tasty and I could see it going well with a nice dish of Singapore noodles or something all curried and tasty. Gods, now I want takeout…
I received a very generous sample of this from bluebelle in our February swap. Thank you!
This is a nice Ceylon. The cup smelled fruity with a sugary smell. This was very nice and smooth. I might try my next cup with a touch of milk and honey. I really enjoy Ceylon’s in the afternoon and this was a nice cup. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you ifjuly for sending me this sample.
This is one of those “I don’t get it” teas. This says black, but in my mind “honey orchid” is oolong. I’m not sure if it’s just me not being able to wrap my head around it, but this seems like oolong to me. It steeps really light in color – like an oolong, it tastes like a really mild oolong. I’m not really getting anything that screams black tea. Dunno if it’s just me, or that’s the way it is. In my world this is one of those “cross over” teas, a little oolong, a little black.
Tons of honey in this one though – really sweet.
We got the revert-to-cold snap last night I was hoping for and I jumped on it as a chance to drink up some chai! I did them all proper even, the whole 10 to 20 minute stovetop dance with milk and honey as I’ve decided that’s just the only way I’m ever satisfied drinking chai.
Wasn’t nuts for this one. It was rather bitter. Not awful, but compared to the others I had last night it was my least favorite. Ah well.
Sipdown! I just realized I never actually added this tea to my Steepster cupboard, so I’m still at 99 teas. Now I’m kind of wondering how many other teas I have that I didn’t add to my cupboard… Anyway, like I said in yesterday’s tasting note, I used up my last two teaspoons of this in a cold brew in the fridge overnight. I think I may actually prefer this one as a cold brew because it just felt a lot smoother. I think the absence of bitterness and astringency really helped with that. It wasn’t much sweeter than the hot version, but that’s okay because sometimes I like just a nice bold iced black tea that doesn’t have too much sweetness to it. Another successful cold brew experiment!
Backlog from this morning. Good news is that I’m getting my family hooked on tea, so if their initial openness and curiosity holds up, I should get to my Black Friday sipdown goal of under 75 fairly easily. Today, I introduced them to this EB. It’s nice and bold with a little bit of a tartness to it that is hard to place. My mom thought it tasted like chemicals, but I wasn’t getting that as much. Despite that complaint, she did ask for a resteep, so I obliged! The tea held up pretty well in a resteep in terms of flavor and strength. There was some astringency that made it a bit unpleasant, but no one else seemed to mention it, so maybe I was just a little extra sensitive today. Anyhow, I stuck my last bit of this tea in the fridge for an overnight cold brew, so I’ll post the sipdown tasting note tomorrow!
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Ugh, today brought a string of little failures. I tried to mail off the TTB, but there was some problem with the tape or something. I was then late for class and couldn’t get hot water for my tumbler. Then as I was trying to keep awake in class, I somehow managed to get a papercut right between my fingers, eek. Anyway, I finally managed to get some hot water between classes (hooray!) for this tea. The tea was nice and bold as a breakfast tea should be, yet it was also a bit sweet. As it cooled down, I could swear I almost tasted an apple-like flavor, but that may be contamination from my tumbler or other teas stored next to it. Thankfully, it’s now the weekend, so I can recharge for a better start to next week!
This one came to me from LiberTEAS. I always seem to reach for mint teas when I’m a little under the weather, so maybe I don’t dislike them as much as I think. I’m just picky about when I drink them.
Sadly the flavor of this one doesn’t wow me. The vanilla and mint are both subtle enough that neither of them is really distinct. It blends into one flavor, but it’s not one that I like all that much. Just an okay cup.