Golden Moon Tea

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87
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Mmm, this really does smell lovely. Like a rich syrup. I’m not a big Ceylon fan – I tend to find them boring – but this is the exception. It makes me want to eat buttered biscuits with cane syrup drizzled over them. The taste is smooth and this time I’m finding it obviously Ceylon, but the aftertaste is really where it’s at. Sweetness just expands in my mouth after each swallow and I feel like I’ve just had brown sugar. I have to sip this tea slowly just to appreciate the aftertaste. Quite a happy tea for my afternoon break.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The leaves are so pretty. Dark and almost velvety looking. And they smell like cocoa? Of course, I just ate some clementines so my hands smell like them and that could be throwing things off.

The tea itself smells like it has been sweetened with honey. It smells light and fruity and sweet. And wow. The taste is… like maple or cane syrup. The end tastes just like raw sugar. This is really sweet and almost rich. I was so surprised that I called the husband in to make him taste. After one sip he gave me a shocked look and grabbed the cup back to have another sip. He said that it tasted like there was cream in it. After another sip, I’d have to agree. The smoothness gives it the feeling that it has been spiked with a little milk.

This is really good. All sorts of sweet, natural tastes combining into one yummy tea. This is probably going on my ‘to order’ list!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

This sounds really awesome! I’m getting more and more intrigued by that sampler thing they’ve got. It’s definitely something I’m going to try to figure out in the new year!

Auggy

Hopefully they offer shipping to your part of the world because it is a way cool sampler. Sure, there are a few misses in there but the fact that it is their entire tea catalog and they have more good teas than bad (so far), it’s definitely a good purchase.

Carolyn

I’m so glad you like Sinharaja. Until this week it was my favorite tea. (Now it is one of my favorite two teas.) It is my comfort tea when the world has obviously conspired to make me unhappy. I bought a half pound bag and keep nervously checking to make sure it isn’t getting close to gone.

Angrboda

They don’t at the moment iirc, but I have a couple of people in mind in the US that I might be able to convince to buy it for me and have me reimburse them via paypal or some such. We’ll see if they trust me enough for that, but it’s worth a try to ask them anyway. :)

takgoti

Oooh, yay Sinharaja! I’ve got about 1 cup left of what Carolyn sent me, so it’s definitely getting ordered this week.

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77
drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
186 tasting notes

I AM OVERWHELMED.

I have tea coming out of my ears. Tea tea tea tea tea tea tea. SO MUCH TEA. I literally spent 20 minutes this morning, wringing my hands, pacing the floor like an animal, trying to figure out WHAT exactly I should drink. I’m worried about it going bad, about it getting stale, about it losing flavor. I’m like a woman undone.

Finally, in frustration, I just dunked my hand into the GM sample basket and I pulled this out. There we go! Darjeeling. Okay, fine, I’ll take it, let’s steep this.

So, Darjeeling. I’ve never actually had it. It gets touted regularly as the “champagne of teas” with “muscatel” flavors. Okay, so it’s really good and tastes like wine and grapes. Simple enough.

The leaves on this one are really wiry and long. I wasn’t picking up anything special on the scent. Maybe a bit more fruity than normal? But it pretty much smelled like a basic black. The leaves are really pretty to watch unfurl here; some are quite long.

Finally I had some tea juice in my hands and I was ready to drink. I stuck my nose in the steam of the light infusion (much lighter than I thought it was going to be) and inhaled. Hrm. I feel like I should be one of those snobbish wine connoisseurs and make up stuff. Like, “Oooh, this one smells like freshly tanned leather and pipe tobacco with a hint of animal dung.”

I am probably over-caffeinated right now.

But no, it doesn’t smell like any of those things. In fact, I was just a fairly default black taste. So I was actually pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip of it piping hot. It tasted… different. A bit musky, maybe? Subtle, but deceivingly so, because there seems to be a lot of depth.

I actually liked this a lot better as it cooled a little. Then that infamous “muscatel” flavor came creeping in. I’m not a big drinker of wine (and I like white over red), but this tea had a similar fruity composition. Almost grape-y. There were some basic floral notes, but overall, it was very smooth and sometimes sweet with no astringency. I think I would have preferred it to be a bit more full-bodied. This Darjeeling was actually lighter than I thought it was going to be.

Does it taste like any other black tea I’ve tasted? No. It tastes… like a Darjeeling. I don’t know if this is the best Darjeeling ever, and I don’t have anything to compare it against, but I enjoyed savoring that special fruity component.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I like tea. Teay tea tea. Here it goes down into my belly…

Maybe Auggy sent you some of that Autumnal Darjeeling. Though, I don’t know how much of it she had left.

Auggy

I did! And based on tracking, I think you should get it today? AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE MORE TEA! MORE TEA! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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89

A sweet, sugary dessert tea. It lost a bit of flavor on the second infusion, but it still left my mouth watering for more. The carmel and brown sugar tastes are not overwhelming, but certainly hard to miss. I think I’m going to order a cannister of this as soon as I can.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Lainie Petersen

Argh. Just reviewed it but didn’t like it. Everyone is different!

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84

Late night pick me up, courtsey of Golden Moon Teas. The aroma was sweet and the liquor was bright and floral.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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9
drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The dry leaf makes me sad. Not shiny, not a pretty green and the needles have a few full ones but a lot of broken ones – and this has no indication of being a deeply steamed sencha so we should have longer, full leaves. I wasn’t really expecting anything more, but one can hope, you know? The smell was interesting… faint but sweet but dry and not rich or buttery or vegetal at all. Once put in my preheated Tokoname pot, they did smell better but I’m not going to take that to mean too much because my pot alone smells nice when it’s been heated because it’s been used for sencha so much. The tea does smell stronger than my pot alone, so it’s not a total lost cause, but it’s still not looking good.

The resulting liquid is… yellow. And wet. That’s pretty much it. Very little smell and the taste is hot and… astringent at the end. And that astringency builds quickly to a salty taste that takes up residency at the tip of my tongue and just hangs on. That tastes adds a little thickness to an otherwise very thin bodied tea.

Problem one with this tea: it’s not the type of sencha I like. It’s obviously a lighter steamed sencha based on the clear yellow color and I prefer the richness from a deep steamed sencha. But problem number two: it’s not a good example of a lightly steamed sencha. It’s bland and has very little taste, only bitterness. The leaves are either old or weren’t stored well and that probably doesn’t help the lack of taste.

The only positive I’m going to give this tea is that I did finish my whole cup. But I’m not even going to try a second steep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Yeah, I was figuring that this wouldn’t be the bees knees. Just because GM clearly is not the place for sencha. At least you finished the cup, though! There have been PLENTY of teas that I haven’t finished.

Auggy

I did toss out the remaining leaf I had though. Not going to do a take two with this one. No thank you!

Ricky

Seems they can’t do green tea! Ahh, sencha + organic green tea failure!

teaplz

Their gunpowder wasn’t that great either… are we seeing a trend? :O

Auggy

Green tea is a tough one to do for a general vendor it seems. I’d guess because of the freshness factor – you’d have to have a lot of turnover in those teas to make sure your stock is always fresh and a lot of non-specialized vendors just don’t get that. Meh. But they save themselves with most of their yummy flavored teas!

Ricky

Trying out gunpowder now! I couldn’t decide which tea to have!

takgoti

FROWNY FACE! I’d get more in depth, but I think that sums it up.

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40
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Three minutes seems short, but it says 2 – 3 so I’m gonna give it a shot.

The dry leaves smell lovely. Earthy and smooth and a little sweet. No fish to be found so fingers crossed.

My first thought upon smelling the wet leaf was ‘seaweed’. But not exactly. Kind of like… dirt-covered, boiled wakame. The tea itself smells sweet but there is an undertone of… not quite fish but something oceanic or seafood-ish in it. But the dominant smell hits me as dried sweet hay that has been rained on. This reminds me of the fish pu-erh so I’m nervous.

The taste is better than ROT’s. No sweet smoked fish. There are similarities though. But not in the bad tastes, only in the good. This one does have a weird aftertaste, though. Not weird, just… not expected. There’s actually a little bit of dryness that kicks in within the sweet hay flavor at the tail end of the swallow.

I’m not 100% sold on this one. I definitely like it more than ROT’s but it doesn’t come together quite as happily for me as Samovar’s Maiden’s Ecstasy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

If Maiden’s Ecstasy is better than this, than I can’t wait to try it, cause I thought this was pretty damn good!

Auggy

I think there are a lot of similar tastes going on with the two teas and that ME just… melds better. For me, at least. I’m looking forward to trying the Palace Pu-erh since that’s supposed to even been better than ME!

takgoti

I’m really excited for you to try Palace. Carolyn’s earlier post inspired me to brew up a pot on which I am about to imbibe, because I got in my head that I am going to beat Lost Odyssey tonight.

teaplz

I actually think that once the boyfriend gets here I’m going to try some of the terrifying, unknown Dragonhell. That way I can get it out of the way and drink nommy things for the rest of the week/year/ever.

takgoti

Not all Dragonwell is bad! Maybe you’ll like it!

Ricky

Dragonwell was interesting, it’s salty!

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Had a little false start with this one. Went to sip from my cup and apparently I didn’t rinse it out well enough because I could still smell vanilla. So I poured it into a fresh-from-the-dishwasher cup (strawberry teacups from my MIL! YAY!) and we were vanilla-less from then on.

First of, the dry leaf? Lovely. So so pretty. Small but squiggly with love little bits of gold. So cute. And they smell sweet – I’d probably go with Lotus because it reminds me of the smell I got at Chusonji and I know they are big on having lotuses planted around the temple site. Plus, my other options based on the description were honey or sandalwood and neither quite fit.

Once brewed though, the tea smells more like a mild version of one of the husband’s single malts. Spicy but sweet. I’m going to go with sandalwood with a hint of honey on that, but the spice isn’t as incense-y as I typically think of sandalwood. So maybe I should just go with faint single malt with light honey.

Sipping, it is nice. There’s a large flavor that is just ‘tea’ to me but it has notes. There’s a little spice (more pepper than sandalwood to me as I can feel it make a little prickle on the tip of my tongue) but it is sweet, too. Not overwhelmingly so. Just enough to keep this from making me think of chai. There’s a dry, slightly astringent hit right at the end of the swallow that hits the back of my tongue and reminds me of some rougher Darjeelings and it seems to oddly bring the taste full circle from the spicy tickle at the beginning of the sip (and at the tip of my tongue).

I think with the spice and astringency and only hint of sweet, this tea just isn’t for me. But it’s got some good notes and an interesting flavor so I can see people that prefer bolder or spicy teas enjoying this one than I did. It’s surprisingly dark and broody tasting for such a light-colored and light-bodied tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ricky

I think this is a good standard cup of tea, nothing too special, but at least it isn’t disgusting.

Auggy

I’d agree with that. It’s probably more interesting than some other Nepalese teas I’ve had (not that I’ve had tons or anything) as far as depth of flavor. It’s just I’m not a fan of the flavors.

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51

I LOVE TAKGOTI AND AUGGY. LOVE THEM LOVE THEM. This must be known, to everyone. Sorry if this is coming off as a bit incoherent but takgoti just sent me the hugest box of tea known to man. And I’m all weepy and excited and happy and wonderific.

So, how do you rate a tea when you don’t like the main flavoring agent?

I hate melons. Like, really really hate them. The taste of them makes me want to gag, actually. I don’t like their texture. Honeydew? Nope. Cantaloupe? EW. Watermelon? Gross! (Yeah I know, I dislike watermelon, I’m weird, blahblahblah).

So when I opened the GM sample of this, I immediately smelled melon. Ripe, fresh melon. Mixed in with a sweetness that must’ve been the white tea base. Very pretty, but very…melon. I wasn’t that happy, but I dumped the entire sample into my pot and got it cooking. Or steeping, rather.

The resulting tea was a beautiful color. A darker white tea than most, like a very light copper. And the fragrance must be mouth-watering for a melon-lover, but for me… I just wrinkled my nose.

The first sip was a bit… interesting, to say the least. It’s pretty much straight melon, with a nice white tea base. It tastes like a hybrid version of a cantaloupe and honeydew, but actually comes closer to Midori in taste than either. I can actually stomach Midori in small doses, but yeah. I finished the cup, but I can’t say I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t order it again, but it was extremely high-quality! And tasted just like melon! So if you love melon, I’m sure you’ll love this.

My mom kept sipping it, smiling, and going, “Mmmmmm” over and over again.

This one was so difficult to rate. But there it is!

And OMG TAKGOTI AND AUGGY LOVE FOR REAL.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

HAHAHA, oh wow. I’m so glad you like your big box o’ tea! Heart! Well, maybe you like it. We’ll see soon enough, I’m sure!

Too bad you don’t like melon, because this is indeed full of melon flavor. I’d say that’s a pretty high rating for someone who doesn’t like melon, though! You are more objective than I.

Auggy

This sounds like my whole Honey Pear tasting! Great tea… if you like honey. But I say good job on a non-biased review. Can’t wait to try this one.

Ricky

The ripe melon smell was too much for me and I LIKE melon :D. Watermelon yummmmm :D

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I feel like I’ve already tried a ton of Golden Moon teas so far, but my little sample basket from them is still overflowing with goodies! I decided on this one today, mostly because I had just gotten up and this is the first one I saw that was to be made with boiling water. The Zojirushi being on 208, I went ahead and grabbed it. When I am more awake I can worry about what I want to drink. Right now I just need something.

My cup of tea smells lovely. The vanilla is creamy and sweet and almost candy-like. In fact, the smell reminds me of SerendipiTEA’s Colonille and City Harvest Black. Upon dipping though, it fails to fill those (admittedly very large) shoes. The vanilla isn’t overwhelming but is soft, a little sweet and creamy and really delicious. But there is a disconnect between the vanilla flavor and the tea. The two don’t fully merge. There’s vanilla, then there’s tea, then there is a little vanilla aftertaste. I don’t taste vanilla tea so much as vanilla and tea. And I want those tastes squished together.

If I were rating this tea on scent alone, this would get a very high score. It smells awesome. But the taste is a little disappointing when hit with that lovely smell. As it cools, the two tastes seem to blend a bit, but the delightful smell goes away so I prefer it hot. However, now I seem to be getting a bit of a dry, powdery aftertaste feeling in my mouth. Sort of like when a potato hasn’t been fully reheated and you’re left with a little mealy taste that goes back to creamy once you pop it in the microwave another minute.

For me, this tea just doesn’t hit all the right notes. I gave the husband a sip of it hot and his face lit up when he smelled it but he got a bit of a confused look on his face post-sip and stated, “That’s interesting.” So yeah. Great smell but the flavors just don’t match up to the smell. And once the tea and vanilla flavors starts to combine, the tea temp is close to starting to get cold enough that the aftertaste feels heavy and uncomfortable.

I think if I had finished the tea before it got to that funky aftertaste/feel point, I might have given the tea a little higher rating simply because the smell was awesome. But right now when it is time to move that little slider, I just have an odd taste in my mouth that leaves me kind of grumpy so it’s hard to remember the happy smell and odd (but not as bad as the aftertaste) taste of the hot tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Blerg. I don’t like it when smell to taste ratios are significantly off. Bummer on this one. Good thing you have two super good vanilla teas to fall back on!

teaplz

WEIRD. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m not expecting much, since vanilla is so, so hard to get correct. Colonille pretty much nails it for me. We’ll see what happens!

Auggy

It smells just like Colonille though, so I was excited. But then I sipped… :(

Micah

Well I hope the last few days have been kind! I’m excited to try this when it arrives at my doorstep.

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80

So. Pretty!

I’m finding that I really love the way teas with golden tips look. The black and gold just look so amazing and beautiful together… it really makes the experience all the more worthwhile.

Anyway, when I opened this little packet by GM this morning, I was hit with a lot of different and complex yummy notes. Earthy, fruity, dark, complex. Even some sweetness thrown in there for good measure.

The wiry leaves are very pretty; the whole thing just looks high-quality. So I steeped up a teaspoon of this in the IngenuiTEA. The leaves didn’t expand all that much, but they did unfurl a bit, and the resulting cup was a deep copper. Not as dark as some Irish Breakfasts I’ve seen, but still fairly dark.

On first sip I was in happyland. There’s actually a lot of complexity in this cup. It’s fairly smooth at the forefront of the sip, with lots of notes of fruit, and a slight subtle sweetness. As you swallow, a subtle maltiness presents itself, with just a bit of astringency. There’s a lot of the earthy flavors that are present in most blacks. I have no idea what prunes taste like, so I couldn’t find that in my tea. But I could see the cherry, and even perhaps some honey as an aftertaste. There is a mild sweet component to this tea, which I liked. It’s a fairly complex and subtle black by itself, so I don’t think this is one IB that you’d want to put milk into immediately.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more of a malty “kick” that I associate strongly with a good Irish Breakfast, but the interesting flavors that kept peeking out of this cup more than made up for that lack. It tastes like it’s high quality, and I think it could function on two levels: as a daily drinker, and as a fun, tasting journey as you try to nail all of those components that are highlighted in each sip.

Auggy

Mmm, that sound yummy! And yay for Happyland! Hehe!

takgoti

Oooh, this sounds like a fun tea! The purchase of a GM sampler of my very own is not far off now. Next week is gonna be out. Of. Control.

Ricky

Yay! Takgoti is joining the GM fun! We all need a new sampler, keep pushing Samovar to offer a sampler of all their tea :D

takgoti

@Ricky Hee, no pushing necessary! Samples should be coming in the future. I don’t know when, but I was told they’re on the way. As for a sampler of all their tea…that, I don’t think is on the menu.

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88
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
186 tasting notes

DUN DUN DUN….

Pu-erh. The dreaded tea with the reputation that would make you want to run for the hills. Fishy tastes and smells. Bird feathers/droppings, nail clippings. Earth and dirt.

Needless to say, I was terrified to try this one. But I mustered up the courage and cut open that packet from GM. Then I hesitantly, very carefully, took a little sniff. You know what? This doesn’t smell bad at all! I thought to myself. It’s very earthy and rich and deep, with an almost bake-y smell. It’s very difficult to describe. The overall smell is similar to a black tea, but it smelled… aged. In a good way. Like an old, leather-bound book. Friendly, almost.

So I began to feel a bit more confident about the cup that awaited me. The leaves don’t do all that much in the pot, and they’re pretty plain looking, but a bit thicker-looking than most blacks (and they are jet black with some brown intertwined). The cup that this steeps up to be is DARK. A deep, deep amber, that you can only see as transparent if you stick it in direct sunlight. Otherwise, it looks like your spoon as disappeared into the black lagoon.

With lots of trepidation, I look the sip, and I was shocked at how inoffensive this was! Then I took another sip, and I thought, mmmmm. Boy is this tea complex. Infinitely smooth, with no astringency, and ridiculously sippable. Now onto the taste, which is so layered, I’m loving it. There’s a taste of earthiness. But we’re talking about more of a savory earthiness, like you’d get from mushrooms. Not dirt outside your house. There’s a level of smokiness. In fact, it’s the smokiness that I thought lapsang souchong was going to taste like. And then, the aftertaste… it’s earthy and deliciously sweet. I mean, as sweet as a green tea tastes on the aftertaste. I was thoroughly shocked at that flavor coming through. It almost has a thick mouthfeel, but is still so smooth and wonderful. I’m still boggled at that sweet component, because it is downright addictive. It’s savory and amazing. Ricky, the resident pu-erh king, really liked this cup as well.

If you’re really afraid of pu-erh, I suggest trying this one. It has its own unique flavor, but really isn’t that frightening. No fish components, and it’s loose, so you don’t have to worry about picking foreign objects out of the cake! Yay! I’m still marveling at the depth of flavors and wonderful savory elements. And that sweetness! MMMMM.

Second Steep
It’s a bit sweeter this time around, with less nuances and complexity. It’s probably the best second steep I’ve had of any tea, ever, but it still pales in comparison to the glorious first time around. I also find myself tiring of a tea and its flavors after one cup. Maybe multiple steeping and I aren’t made to be friends.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Suzi

Hahahaa! Hooray for taking the plunge! D: It’ll take me quite a while to work up the bravery to tackle pu-erh again, though!

teaplz

I just read your review of your pu-erh experience, and that sounds AWFUL! I’m so, so sorry that you encountered the fishy pu-erh, because if that had happened to me, I’d have never tried it again. If I had more than another cup of this, I’d definitely send it your way for tasting!

Ricky

Glad you like it :D

Hyrulehippie

whoa. I think it’s about time I got acquainted with your new friend.

Somehow I thought you could ONLY use gong-fu style brewing with pu-erh, so I was too scared to try up until now.

I’ve been meaning to try golden moon anyway…>__<

teaplz

Why am I craving this now!? :(

Hyrulehippie, I just followed the GM package. And if you’re going to order from them, get the sampler! Their entire catalog for $20. :)

Erynn

I love a good pu-ehr, from the earthy, damp cave scent to the deep, dark flavor. Bad pu-ehrs are bad, but good ones are fantastic.

And hey, Hyrulehippie — I learned to drink tea gong-fu style with Taiwanese oolongs from the friendly and wonderful Shiuwen Tai at Floating Leaves teahouse in Seattle. Oolongs done in a gaiwan are really fantastic.

takgoti

So glad your first pu-erh experience was a pleasant one! It’s funny that you said that about multiple steepings – totally makes sense when considered with your need for variety. I’m more of a find it, like it, drink lots of it until while interspersing it with different teas until I find something better gal.

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Well, this one is actually really interesting, and I’m sitting here puzzled, scratching my head.

When I opened up the Golden Moon packet, it instantly smelled of gunpowder. That earthy, smokey, Rome-burning smell that I absolutely adore. I believe that Temple of Heaven is a higher grade of gunpowder, and let me tell you, the dry leaf was absolutely beautiful. Tiny little blue-green pearls. Way tinier than Adagio’s, and smooth and silky to the touch. So pretty!

So I dumped a level teaspoon into my IngenuiTEA and watched as the fireworks happen. This one’s pretty bombastic in the pot. It start with little bubbles, and then, within a matter of seconds after the hot water hitting the leaves, they start unfurling and writhing and wriggling like they’re dirty dancing.

In the cup, this one’s a honey hue, with a smell that can only be described as smokey gunpowder. So I lift my mouth to the cup and.. hrm. The smoke on this one is definitely lighter than Adagio’s blend. It actually is more seamlessly “one” with the tea flavors than a simple overlay of flavor. And while I enjoy that aspect of it, I wanted the smoke to come out a bit more assertive.

Then the oddity began. I’m picking up that mineral-like flavor and mouthfeel that I got from Rishi’s Jade Fire! The astringency is leaving my mouth dry, and there’s almost a briny component that I didn’t expect. As the cup cooled down, this element faded into the background (although there was still a high component of astringency), and the delicate smoke flavors became the prime focus. There’s a sweet green aftertaste that is really pleasant, but it’s almost a bit too mild.

In fact, I think overall the cup is too delicate for my tastes, and it falls into this bizarre crack. Gunpowder really isn’t a delicate flavor, so it’s strange to have it come across as a wisp of smoke instead of a cloud. Add to that the mineral/brine/weird taste that came with Rishi’s Jade Fire (which is another rolled tea, by the way, but it doesn’t have the smoke of a gunpowder) and you have me perplexed. It’s like if Adagio’s Gunpowder and Rishi’s Jade Fire decided to have a baby and the genetics got mixed up along the way.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Auggy

So, apparently I wrote something but didn’t submit it. Oops. And now I can’t remember what I said… Something along the lines of yay mixed tea babies! If only they would all be as decent as my Assam/Yunnan + Darjeeling love child from this morning. And maybe all ‘higher’ quality Gunpowders just have that mineral/salty taste because I think that’s what Jade Fire is supposed to be, or something like it.

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Light brown in color for a black.
Dry leaf smells quite HONEY.
Wet leaf smells more like the Honey Pear Combo along with a woodsy-type scent.
After removing the steeping loose leaf there is an added floral scent as well.
It’s a nice even taste. I can taste more honey than pear.
It’s semi-refreshing. A nice blend.
I was nibbling on a piece of orange chocolate fudge while sipping and must say it pairs with Chocolate well!! :P
A comfort tea, perhaps!? But then again…aren’t most teas comforting!?

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35

Stupid Firefox crashed and I lost my review. UGH! Take two…

It seems like whenever teaplz and Ricky don’t like a GM tea (or rather don’t love one), I suddenly need to try it. It’s like I want to torture myself with tea. It didn’t work last time with the Lapsang Souchong but I’m thinking it might work this time.

The leaves? Are not happy looking. They are dark olive and brown and dry looking and there seems to be a lot of twiggyness going on. I’m betting on a strike out here. The tea smells… dusty. And I’m not even talking about the dry leaves. I’m talking about the liquid. You know, the wet stuff. And when wet stuff smells dusty? That’s not cool.

Okay, it’s not as bad as I feared. I mean, I was expecting the little red icky face, but this isn’t bad. First off, it’s pretty sweet. Not quite a honey sweet but almost like it’s been sweetened with sugar. Even to the point of an almost sugary aftertaste. As it cools a little bit some tartness is coming in on aftertaste. I’m starting to make a little face after I swallow but it’s nothing horrid. But… that’s it. That’s all I get out of this tea.

So yeah, not nasty but not great. Sort of a generic green tea flavor that really isn’t anything other than wet and a bit sweet. I think this would be a good ‘starter’ tea for someone that just wants to drink tea as some sort of medicinal supplement. It’s not offensive and just a bit boring. But for me it’s not really a good representation of what’s available in the world of green teas.

So not quite torture via tea, but not something I’ll ever want to have again. I might do a second steep just because I pretty much always give greens a second steep. But if I do, no guarantee that I’ll drink the whole cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Ricky

It is a bit bland. Is it because it’s organic? That’s what I was wondering, cause my Rishi’s China breakfast is a bit bland too (Okay, it definitely has more flavor than this or a Twining’s English Breakfast). I mean it’s good, but it doesn’t live up to the whole Best 2008/2009 World Tea Expo breakfast tea. copies my comment for safety :D

Auggy

I haven’t tried tons of organic stuff but I have heard they tend to be blander/lower quality than their equal costing non-organic counterparts. The exception (I think) is supposed to be some single estate teas but I can’t remember any of the estates so I might have dreamed that.

Ricky

Agreed! But hey it’s organic! One word makes all the difference :D

I’ll be dreaming about Nepal tonight. I meant A&D’s Nepal.

Auggy

I suppose they won’t get really get the quality of the organic teas up to their non-organic counterparts until there is a higher demand for organic.

teaplz

BLAND! Yay, so we agree on this! Boring-ish. And very light, for a green. This one was pretty sweet, but it wasn’t a white sweet. It just wasn’t amazing, overall. Good, but not great. Like I said in my review, I don’t think this is one that’ll knock people’s socks off.

takgoti

Hrm. I like organic teas. Does that make me weird? Not gonna lie, though, this one sounds blechy.

Auggy

Organic, when done right, is a great thing. This one? Not so great. Not horrid. Just… dull.

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78
drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Auggy

My first experience with a while tea tasted like cooked asparagus or soybeans. Both of which I like, but only when it is actual asparagus or soybeans, not tea. So yeah, that totally scared me off whites for a while! But I look forward to trying this!

teaplz

Mmmm, this white tasted really good to me! There’s a nice sweetness to this one. Nectar-like, I think. Glad you liked this one too!

Ricky

It’s good but there’s something about it, that bugs me about this tea. It’s that or I’ve had one too many cups of tea today…. err four 8 oz cups of this, ahhh. I’m starting to feel it.

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91
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

Since I had already bought this after the first time I tried it, I gave the sample in my sample pack to my mom. Tonight we brewed that tea because it is extremely cold again here, and it was the best way to warm up :)

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3 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

I like the flavor of this tea a lot. It does not need sugar. It is fantastic hot and also delicious cold. This is a win-win tea. Today since the ground is covered with a foot and a half of snow, it is a hot tea.

The aroma of the tea is coconut, hands down. The flavor of the tea is coconut, carried by a green tea with a sweet almost minty after taste. It is absolutely wonderful. The first time I tried the tea, I knew I had to buy one of my own, and I did.

As a note: I tend to use a lot more leaves than I should, this is just a force of habit, but I think it makes multiple steeps of the tea better when you have more leaves.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
kat

yeah, I tend to use more leaf too- just better tasting I think.:)

Micah

I just ordered a sample of this. Sounds wonderful. Does the coconut flavor stand up well to multiple steepings?

Madison Bartholemew

yes it does stand up for multiple. I usually keep it to about 3 though because after that it might be considered a little weak.

Cinoi

@micah, i would say two to three steeps max

Micah

Nice! Thanks guys.

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77
drank Tippy Earl Grey by Golden Moon Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Tippy Earl Grey by Golden Moon Tea
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Yay, score another one for Golden Moon. I have to tip-toe with EGs. They’re not my friends. :(

Ricky

Haha, it’s okay, you have Lady Grey. I’m almost done with my GM sampler! I think I’m 1/3 of the way there! Look what you did, now I’m looking into H&S. Free shipping + $5 off coupon… so tempting….

teaplz

Wheee! I’m seriously so happy that you enjoyed all of it, though, for the most part. I would have been super, super sad if you had really disliked most of the box.

H&S sent me 4 free sachets with my order: two of EG Imperial and two of Bangkok. We’ll see how that goes! For $25.20 (I used a 10% off coupon, I think), I got 14 samples, which I thought was pretty decent. Considering that their samples are all ~3-5 cups and each is $2 (regardless of quality – their highest Assam is still $2!). So yeah, it’s nice. :)

Ricky

I wish there was a way to just list all the $2 tea. The shopping experience wasn’t fun at all. My cart is currently at $40! I was just browsing through every section and adding stuff to my shopping cart. I have to review it later and remove some items. I was mostly in the green tea section. I don’t know, Assam, Keemun and Ceylon just aren’t for me. Even A&D’s Ceylon, I mean it’s good, but I’d still prefer green over it.

teaplz

That’s fine! We’ll have to compare orders after you’ve put yours in! I got a bunch of whites, since I seem to really enjoy them.

Ricky

Evil! I need to figure out a way to make loose leaf at work. I might have to invest in some filter bags, so I can clean up my mess quickly. Umm satchels might be a good idea.

Jillian

I’d recommend trying H&S Dragon Pearl Jasmin tea, it’s pure awesomeness in a teacup. ;)

Cofftea

Your 1st paragraph echos my 1st experience w/ matcha. I didn’t notice my set had arrived til about 9, but I just had to have a full bowl…

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90

Received a free sample from Golden Moon Tea and tried it with great anticipation. Exquisite oolong. Far superior to the oolong bought locally from the Asian Market. See the full review at http://bit.ly/8dNfqd.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Backlogging from the weekend in Louisiana.
This tea has officially become a required vacation staple. Uncontrollable brewing parameters? Pshaw! This tea is forgiving enough to take it! Bad tasting water? No problem! This is strong enough to cover it up and still taste delightful. This tea is a hero in my book. ♥

gmathis

Don’t care for it, but I can see L/S covering up the nastiest hotel coffee-pot water! Good call for travel.

Nicole Martin

This is one of my absolute favorites too. the aroma clears a room in my house though, my family can’t stand it :p

Auggy

gmathis, Well, I used tap water but it was still pretty nasty tasting water. This did cover it up nicely though!
HorseNcl, This is one of my favorite smokies, too. Fortunately I’m starting to change the husband’s mind about smoky teas so he doesn’t make brisket comments near as often now. He had the second steep of this one (nasty hotel water and all) and didn’t even ask for sugar! :)

Cinoi

I love this tea because it is so forgiving with you temperature and brewing.

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86
drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Whee! Smoky! I kind of feel like this is so smoky that it is seeping smoke out my pores. But I like this one – it’s a bit sweeter and much less tarry than any other lapsang souchong I’ve had. So it is super-smoky but it isn’t thick or too heavy. Lighter bodied for such a strongly smoky tea. Really glad I got a tin of this. It’s my favorite lapsang souchong, hands down.
4.6g/12oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Mine too!

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