Golden Moon Tea

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84

Yummy flavor. I followed the label instructions and got a very light golden tea. Nice anise flavor, especially lightly sweetened with some agave nectar. The second infusion was very good as well.

I was hoping that this could replace my licorice without having the same worries about blood pressure, etc, so I googled start anise side effects. Did you know there are two types of star anise? There is a Chinese star anise, which is used as a flavoring, and a Japanese star anise, which is used solely for decoration. The Japanese star anise is deadly. AND you can’t tell which one you have by looking at the dried seed pods. The FDA issued an advisory against consuming teas containing star anise in 2003. Chinese star anise is also used in the manufactor of tamiflu. All very interesting stuff. It tastes good enough that I’ll ignore that FDA advisory.

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Wiseman Tea Co.

Very interesting, I admire you for your courage!

fcmonroe

There are chemical tests that they can do to insure they have the right stuff. AND I trust Golden Moon. I wanted to share the information, though. It sounded like most of the actual poisoning cases were people mixing and brewing their own tea from herbs they bought in bulk. Evidentally, people give star anise tea to babies for colic.

Wiseman Tea Co.

That reminds me of a book i’m reading called guns, germs, and steel. Right now its talking about plant domestication and it turns out that many of the fruits and nuts we are familiar with today, were dominently poisionous. It wasn’t until a farmer of some sort stumbled upon an almond tree that didn’t kill him. So he replanted the tree and over thousands of years it became dominant. It’s interesting to think of plants in terms of evolution, and the methods they employ to spread their seeds.

fcmonroe

Sounds like an interesting read! I’ll have to take a look at that book.

It’s amazing how inventive the plant kingdom is at devising ways to protect itself from us!! Kind of frightening as well.

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86

My Monday morning tea today is this very nice blend. The flavor is smooth and malty, a little sweet and can be taken without milk just fine if you don’t steep it past 2 or 2 1/2 minutes. It’s a very enjoyable flavor with deep amber color. My can is getting low and may be soon time to reorder. I recommend this tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Makes me wanna go back to Paris!:)

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84
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
41 tasting notes

So I’ve been drinking a fair amount of this over the past couple of weeks but haven’t got around to writing it up yet. But as it’s today’s Select, I suppose I should delay no longer.

The coconut (which, as others have said, is more like a toasted coconut) is definitely more noticeable than the tea when you open up the canister and smell it. This mellows somewhat as you steep the tea: no one would mistake this for tea-less coconut water, but no one would fail to notice the coconut either.

Anyhow, I like it and have been drinking it with some regularity.

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Special Thanks to Azzrian for a bit more of this! Hit the spot today…see other notes :)

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83

This tastes ok today…but I am getting a fake-vanilla/plastic-y aftertaste today…weird…

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83

The smell is just that…Vanilla and Mint.
The taste is also both.
The Description couldn’t be more clear…and it stands up to it.

Cofftea

Predictability is good:)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yay for predictability!

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91

By far my new favorite Chai. I’ve made it straight and as a latte.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

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75
drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

This is one of my favorite chai tea blends, mostly because it doesn’t contain pepper. It’s mellow and lovely and I need to buy more!

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65
drank Imperial Formosa by Golden Moon Tea
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Overall I’m not a huge fan of dark oolongs since they always remind me of cigar smoke but it’s in my sample basket so I’ll give it a shot!

This one so far is pretty typical of my experience with them. There is a sweet and somewhat smoky smell that makes think of cigar smoke. Not bad cigar smoke really. But cigar smoke. The taste is where this is different, though. It doesn’t taste like cigar smoke. Instead, it’s more of a fruity sweet. I can’t figure out what type of fruit but maybe peach? It’s not any of the things they list in the company’s tea notes – in fact I can’t pick up any of those. Yeah, even trying to pick those things out, I can’t find them. But it’s still good. Smooth, sweet and a little roast-y.

I wasn’t anticipating liking this very much but this is enjoyable. Probably a high 3/5 stars… not quite a 4 but it’s pretty close and might be bumped with subsequent steeps. We shall see.

ETA: The second steep turned out to be more cigar sweet even in taste so this one stays at a 3star. Minor adjustment to the rating made.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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I just finished watching The Darjeeling Limited so I thought I’d pull this out to try. Not that the movie had anything to do with the tea, but eh.

This smells very sharply nutty. Taste-wise, there is a little sharpness and brightness but overall it is an unimpressive Darjeeling. S’not bad though. Maybe a good starter Darjeeling or something. It is inoffensive but is a good general representation of how Darjeelings are supposed to taste.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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34

Just kind of mediocre, especially compared to the other teas I’ve tried from Golden Moon. I wouldn’t mind being served this, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get it.

Ricky

Agreed, I can drink it, but it isn’t worth buying.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Vanilla Jasmine by Golden Moon Tea
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This tea is very nice. The dried leaves smell familiar, like a candy or soda shop, where you have different arrays of sweetness all blending together. The brewed tea smells like a sweetened jasmine. It tastes like a very even blend of vanilla and jasmine, both flavors are light and very complimentary.

Brewed hot without sugar and with sugar. Without sugar focuses a little more on the jasmine and less of the vanilla. With sugar an added sweetness that helps to blend the vanilla and jasmine together.

Very nice.

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5 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
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I was really excited to try this one because I like honey in tea and I like pears (not in tea, but by themselves).

The dried leaves have a faint aroma of pear with an obvious scent of honey. The aroma, once brewed, is overwhelming. It smells like a lot of honey, then slightly of pear at the end. The taste of it (hot with no sugar or milk) is good; it is not overpowering like the aroma, it is pretty neutral honey tea with pear.

I think the aroma is so powerful because they probably used real honey in there, and when you put a decent amount of honey in anything hot, it is a very strong sweet scent which does not always come through in taste.

Overall, the tea was alright, not Golden Moon’s best.

Update:

So I’m getting to the end of this pot and its getting bitter, not like pears are bitter and honey certainly is not bitter. Hmm. Will not be resteeping.

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5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Yeah, that happens to me at times. When I get to the bottom of a cup the tea tastes different. Sometimes it gets bitter, other times it’s really sweet. I mean I use an ingenuiTea so that shouldn’t be the case. As for the scent, I agree with you. I love this tea, but the scent drives me crazy. It’s too strong.

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90
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

I got this tea with the iced tea set. I bought the set for the Coconut Pouchong and the the iced tea pitcher and the Vanilla Mint was an added bonus. I like green and black tea blends, when they are combined with sweet vanilla mint it makes for a fantastic tea in multiple ways.

I first had the tea hot with no sugar. It has a sweet vanilla flavor with the cooling mint aftertaste. The mint can be tasted upfront in the tea, but it is the cooling mouth feel after that is the selling point.

The tea is also good hot with sugar, however the sugar actually makes it too sweet for me to enjoy.

However, my favorite way to enjoy this tea is iced. The flavors are the same, a rich green and black blend with vanilla and mint, but iced it is sweet, cool and refreshing.

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4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I love blends, but I can’t figure out how they expect it to taste as good as it should when black and green teas have different steeping parameters. Good to see it turned out well in spite of that!:)

Cinoi

Yea, I agree, that especially concerns me when I make my own blends. But nonetheless, this one seems to work with the median brew time.

Cofftea

For my own blends I’ve been known to steep one tea, decant, then use that tea as the liquid to steep the other… but that’s insanely putzy!

Cinoi

That does make sense and it is how it should be done, but I am very lazy so I usually go for the median brew time. :)

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82
drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

So I decided to open up the Golden Moon Tea Sampler today. The first one I tried is this one. The leaves do not have a strong aroma, but I also do not have a lot of tea to smell here.

I steeped it hot for four minutes. I tried it with and without sugar, but really found very little difference between the two. The tea is very simple. It is a complex white tea in that it makes a pale liquor, with delicate veggie fragrance but a strong white tea flavor. The ginger is mostly lost in brewing, but you do find it as an undertone note in the tea. Which is good, because overpowering ginger would not be enjoyable.

Overall, I found this tea to be very enjoyable. I would definitely buy a tin of this.

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4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This is the tea that got me really interested in Golden Moon, but unfortunately my local tea shop doesn’t carry it. I’m getting the sampler as soon as I have cupboard room. I love ginger:)

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63

Auggy ruined this tea for me, and I mean that in the nicest way possible!

I have a feeling I would have loved this tea, had I never tasted the sample Auggy sent me of SerendipiTEA’s Colonille.

But let’s talk about this tea alone. Anyway, when opened, the little packet exuded a scent of warm vanilla. Not very overpowering at all, but pretty natural-smelling. Very, very happy-making indeed. No sad panda over here! The leaves are fairly standard sized, and you can clearly pick out the vanilla bean. So far, off to a good start!

The wet leaves and the infusion itself smell surprisingly similar to Colonille! So I was pretty excited. Could it be? Another Colonille? Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Make no mistake, this one tastes really good at first. But the vanilla is pretty mild, and the black tea base here is nothing special. I actually think it’s the Vietnamese black in Colonille that elevates it to awesome heights. So rich and with a lot of depth, and even cocoa hints. Here, the black tea doesn’t really serve any purpose except as a backdrop for the vanilla.

As this cooled, I liked this a bit less. A too-sweet aftertaste comes with every sip, almost syrupy. This flavor began to completely overtake the entire taste of the tea, until all I was tasting was vanilla syrup and no tea. It’s not the most pleasant flavor, either. It feels too heavy for the type of light tea that this is. It’s a weird type of flavor that I can’t wrap my head around, but it’s lingering for a bit too long to be welcome.

I definitely would not have been so nit-picky about this one had I not tried something better, but the truth of the matter is that better vanilla tea does exist. Colonille is all I could even want in a vanilla tea. This one is definitely better hotter than cool.

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Ohhh, I have to try this one tomorrow. Forgot I had another vanilla I could have done a comparison with!

Cinoi

I am super excited to try this one!

takgoti

Colonille is good. Mmm…gonna need to revisit that soon.

Auggy

Glad I could do my part to ruin a tea for you! Yay! Hehe. I had pretty much the same experience with this one and I blame Colonille as well!

teaplz

Colonille is just far too good of a vanilla tea. It’s going to win every time! It’s also the taste of the Vietnamese black there, that gives that subtle cocoa taste… that mixes with the vanilla… drat it, now I’m craving a cup.

Auggy

Mmm. That and City Harvest Black (which has a bit of orchid in it) always make me think of buttercream and Cadbury Creme Eggs. Mmmm.

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95
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
251 tasting notes

I made a big pitcher of this last night to drink iced. (Hot brewed, poured over ice.) It is a really good iced tea! I can’t decide if I like this tea better iced or hot, but either way, it’s a winner!

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drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
251 tasting notes

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95
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
251 tasting notes

I can’t believe that I’m first again!! This is really, really nice. It reminds me a lot of the creme de mint Altoids. Kind of tastes like you made a cup of really good tea and put in creme de mint altoids to sweeten it. (I’m drinking it sweetened, I just prefer my tea that way.) As the tea base is a mix of gunpowder green and black tea, it can take the vanilla and the mint flavors and still come through.

I like this, and may order of a tin of it someday after I reduce my tea inventory somewhat.

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82

This tea is the most glorious amber color. Even my husband commented on the pretty color of the tea! It has a nice flavor, but I’m not able to describe the undertones. I taste something I familair, but I can’t quite pin it down.

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64
drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell pretty boring with nary a hint of ginger until I stuck my nose deep into the bag.

Only 1.8g of leaf – look, it’s an ROT teabag! – so I’m using the whole thing. We’ll see how it goes. The leaf looks pretty dry and un-fresh so I’m not expecting angels to sing or anything.

Post-brewing the tea smells like a mix of powdered ginger and a little fresh ginger. Not 100% fresh ginger but there’s enough of a fresh smell that it makes me happy.

I’m… mixed on the taste. I like the ginger. It’s warm on my tongue and gives my mouth a lovely tingle after I swallow. It’s really not overpowering which I almost find disappointing. But I’m not so fond of the tea base. I’m getting a little hint of green bean water with it. Though as it cools, it becomes more floral and that melds with the ginger better.

I really wasn’t expecting a lot out of this, but the more I sip, the more I like it.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Ahh, I should really start measuring my tea. I used 8oz of water for the entire packet. Yep, it’s definitely not fresh ginger, but it’s pretty similar to what they use for ginger snacks / ginger candy. Give it a longer steep, the ginger kick gets stronger =D

Fred

I normally use 2 tablespoons per 16 oz of water because I like my tea taste to be a bit stronger, unless otherwise specified.

Ricky

Auggy wasn’t able to because the sampler only gave her 1.8g of loose leaves =(

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