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20
drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Color me unimpressed. :(

I read Auggy’s review of this, so I went into this with a bit of trepidation. My first sencha, and it’s very disappointing!

Anyway, the leaves look pretty! Very needle-like. I haven’t seen anything like this yet (no Japanese greens for me so far). It… doesn’t really smell like anything. If I breathe hot air onto it, I get somewhat of a buttery note, but other than that… nothing.

So I steeped this one up, and I was really surprised at how light the infusion was! It’s such a ridiculously pale yellow that I did a double-take. Lighter than a lot of the white tea I’ve tried.

And the taste… well, it’s a bit non-existent. It’s like hot water, with some bitterness at the end, as well as some astringency. The smell is a bit buttery and grassy, but I’m not getting anything remotely like that in the taste. At all. There’s the faintest taste of sweet, but I’m really having to search for it like crazy. It just tastes like really odd, hot water. I don’t even really feel like I’m drinking tea, which sort of makes me upset.

I didn’t have tea all day, as I was out, traipsing about in the mall. And I went to Teavana for the first time! The store was packed out, and no one bothered me… but I tried their sample tea and nearly gagged. It was Jasmine Pearl mixed with Rooibos Tropical. Not only did the tea taste awful, but it was so ridiculously over-sweetened that it was a nightmare. DISGUSTING.

A disappointing tea day! Let’s hope tomorrow will be better!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Yes, they put lovely things together to make them nasty and dump honey in it. Not good.

Sorry this was your first sencha. :( But on the plus side, things can only get better, right?

takgoti

Ew. Ditto on the condolences as to this being your first sencha. They can be awesome, so hopefully you’ll drink one soon!

I happen to own that particular tea from Teavana, and it’s never been flavorful for me. Never tried it with sugar, but I’d just be drinking sugar water, I’m pretty sure. I’m throwing out the stuff I have from them, actually. Good riddance.

Micah

That sucks! I’m sorry that that was your introduction to Japanese greens because they are an incredible group of teas.

And Teavana can be a scary place sometimes. They have some great teas there – although you can usually get the same thing for a better price somewhere else – but, based on my personal experience, the blends they come up with just aren’t executed well.

Ricky

I was going to say, haven’t you realized GM’s plain tea are generally pretty bland….then I realized I actually liked this Sencha. The first time I drank Sencha (Adagios), I hated it. You should try Den’s tea sampler for $3, they give you a variety of Sencha. It’ll be a new tea year soon! Yay!

Carolyn

@Ricky I totally agree. I’m getting to the point that if something is available at Den’s Tea and somewhere else, I buy at Den’s. Their quality and customer service are just that good.

Auggy

@Micah I would have said that their blends are insane and disturbing but you said it much nicer. Thumbs up!

Micah

@Auggy Haha! Well, I can’t say that they AREN’T insane and disturbing. I guess I’m just skilled in diplomacy…. or something. =P

teaplz

I definitely have hope for the Japanese greens! I could taste somewhere, under the complete blandness of it, that there could be something potentially good from sencha. And the cup smelled really good if I sniffed at it hard enough! Interestingly enough, when this hit room temperature, it started tasting sweeter. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.

Ricky and Carolyn, I’ll definitely have to try that in the future, but right now I have too much tea to play around with!

And yeah, Teavana… so much honey/sugar/something else. UGH. There was also an Amanzi Tea in the mall as well (http://amanzitea.com/) and they had a Rooibos Cream Caramel. It was overly sugared as well, to the point of the texture changing and becoming syrupy. EW.

Micah

I think I added this to the Golden Moon order I just put in… yep. I probably wouldn’t have if I had remember that this review was of a sencha from GM but I didn’t realize that. Oh well!

There will probably be a review of this by me sometime next week and, judging from yours and Auggy’s review, I won’t be impressed. =/

Ricky

Aww, you should have just bought the whole sampler :D teareviewblog promo code for free shipping. I checked and it was still working a few days ago.

Micah

Consarn it!!

I’m going to go rush off and see it I can edit the order.

Micah

… I can’t. Oh well, life goes on.

Ricky

Try calling?

teaplz

Micah, oh POO. I hope you can still call them or something, because the sampler box is the bees knees.

Carolyn

@Micah Seriously if they haven’t shipped it already try writing them or calling. Golden Moon has some of the best customer service I’ve dealt with. They’ve helped me out in the past.

Micah

I did call them and they were wonderful! The tea sampler ships on Monday and I’m super excited!

Carolyn

Great! I’m glad. They are really one of my favorite companies to buy from.

teaplz

YAY! Awesome! Oh my, I’m seriously super-excited for you! Welcome to the GM sampler set club, hehe! It’s been fun and awesome being able to share and drink a lot of the tea everyone else is having!

takgoti

WHEEEEE! That made me ridiculously happy, actually. I love good customer service stories.

And had it not been for you, Carolyn, I never would have heard of Golden Moon. I have a tin of Sinharaja sitting on my desk that’s there solely due to you!

They’re based pretty close to where I live, so I seriously want to crash their office.

Auggy

Hahahahaha! I feel like we are a cult that just got a new member! Welcome Micah! :)

Micah

Aww! Well, even if this is a crazy, creepy cult, I’m glad to be here. This website/group of tea fanatics has totally reinvigorated my love for tea. I had kind of slumped into just keeping a few favorites on hand and not even drinking tea everyday. Now I’m discovering new teas and companies and it’s wonderful! So thanks everyone! Glad to be here!

Auggy

Aw, yay! That’s so awesome! I wasn’t in a slump but the folks on here have introduced me to lots of great teas and vendors it makes tea exciting again!

takgoti

Goat sacrifices on alternate Wednesdays. Don’t forget to contact Auggy about picking up your complimentary Snuggie.

Auggy

STOP IT, you dork!

Micah

Goat sacrifice, eh? I’ll bring the pu-erh knife!

Ricky

I’ve got the pu-erh cake. =( I actually do! Well what’s left of it anyways. Welcome to Steepster, where friends help to run your wallet dry. Oh the irony!

teaplz

We also have a complimentary matcha mill where you can grind up an entire Thanksgiving dinner into a tea!

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76

I’m addicted to this stuff. Luckily my boyfriend was thoughtful and bought me a tin for my birthday :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I have to admit, I’m a little bit jealous of your tin. Such good stuff! And what a good boyfriend!

Wiseman Tea Co.

I’m so impressed, its rare to find people who have a passion for lapsang. Its a fantastic tea, one of my favorites no doubt.

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98

the only reason this didnt get a 100 is because i wanted more watermelon flavor but its amazing! The dry leaves didnt smell too good and reminded me of adagios white pear so i was a bit confused. as soon as i poured water over the leaves it was all melon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This is a watermelon flavored tea? YAY! Most melon teas I find are musk or honeydew melon.

teaplz

It’s not watermelon-flavored. At all. Definitely more honeydew/cantaloupe, with a white tea flavor. There is a watermelon scent though, which is what Kitch3ntools meant.

Glad you liked this one though! :) It’s definitely delicious if you love melon.

Kitch3ntools

i resteeped this last night…it was more white tea less flavoring. it was good, i just wanted that melon flavor again :) sadly i didnt get to finish the cup because i spilled it on my cellphone >.

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78

http://youtu.be/68LKEm2iuj4
Well, it’s not WHITE Licorice but I found a Licorice Song
Leave it to Grand Funk Railroad! I seriously haven’t heard this in YEARS! WOW!

I sort of went diving in the stash bin for this one…randomly chosen…finished it up. Not my fave but serves a purpose I suppose.

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78

I must be craving licorice today…this is fairly nice…see my other reviews posted prior to now for more info…

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78

Not bad…a little light strength-wise for the morning…but soothing…

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78

HAD to drink another cup to RELAX!!!!! A friend of mine texted me that they are in the middle of earthquakes and aftershocks in AZ. 5.9 followed by a 4.9 so far! Ek!

TeaEqualsBliss

Actually the earthquake was in Mexico…but they felt it in YUMA, AZ

Angrboda

EEP!!! I hope they didn’t get hurt

DaveTea

I am in Huntington Beach CA and I could feel the initial quake…decent roll considering how far away we are. They have a pretty good swarm going down there: http://www.data.scec.org/req2/req2.html

Angrboda

That many??? O.o OMG! Is that normal?

DaveTea

Not normal, but not super unusual.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes…she said at least 6 aftershocks so far

Angrboda

O.o Suddenly I’m feeling extremely extra fond of Little Ol’ Denmark. I’ve never experienced an earthquake, although we do have the rare vague one. There was one in south Sweden a couple of years ago, but you couldn’t feel it where I live. The ones we hear about here are the really really big bad ones that kill people, so I’m probably conditioned to be more afraid of it than people who live in the area. Just the thought of it makes me want to hide under the bed.

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78

Oddly…this dry leaf mix reminds me of brand new denim jeans and a bit of flowers…maybe sun dried. Yeah…I know…I wasn’t expecting that either!

Anyhow…As I sniff the aroma coming from the cup of infusing tea I smell a fresh breezy type floral scent with the licorice starting to come thru. The longer I steep the more wood-type smell I get so I will stop between 2.5 and 3 mins. The wet leaves outside of the liquid smell more earthy…grassy-almost, but not quite.

The liquid is an average white tea looking brew.

The taste is light and alittle sweet. Floral tasting at first but then sweeter at the end. If you inhale and sip at the same time you can smell the star anise and on the exhale and end of sip more the licorice but not much. I’m very pleased with the way the licorice turned out in this blend…it’s just enough!

CHEERS!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

My first cuppa the day! YAY!
Tea makes (or breaks) ones day…I truly believe that! LOL

Erin

I totally agree!

Karsh

Agreed!

Tea Savant

Hopefully it always makes one’s day. It takes a poor tea to ruin one (but it is possible I’ll grant you!)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Agreed to the third power. A cup can nearly always make me feel better if I relax and focus on drinking it. But not getting a cup in the morning can leave me cranky.

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85

Today I tasted more Jasmine than Vanilla…weird…see previous reviews…

rabbysmom

Sounds good, though!

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85

This smells very nice. More Vanilla than Jasmine but pleasant. Reminds me of a Cream Soda/Soda Shop Aroma…neat!

After infusing I can pick up the jasmine a bit more than the vanilla nose.

All ingredients blend really well together for an excellently even tea.

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65
drank White Licorice by Golden Moon Tea
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Mmm, lapsang souchong.

teaplz

I thought this one was delicious, hehe! At least you were able to swallow it!

And yeah, I’m still iffy about that whole lapsang thing…

Ricky

Yep, I made 16oz of this tea and I was able to finish it. Not re-steeping it! Nope, definitely most positively not!

takgoti

HAH! I ordered my GM sampler, btw. Finally.

Auggy

Hahah – you have had some big tea ordering! Wooo!

Ricky

GM and Samovar? Finals are over, ORDER SPREEEEEE :D

teaplz

GM! :D The party continues….

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55

The dry leaf smells like honeydew rind. Distinctly melon but not very juicy or as sweet as the meat of the fruit. Brewed, the tea smells more like very ripe cantaloupe.

Taste wise, it’s very melon-y on the front and transitions to a sweet nectar taste at the end. It’s very sweet. I mean very. Melon and nectar. There’s not a lot of depth to the flavor as both tastes are pretty high and sweet. Honestly, I think it may be a little too much for me. At the same time though, as this cools, it’s less super-melon and more… buttered melon. Melted butter instead of creamy solid butter.

I can get behind the buttered melon thing, but the initial hot taste of melon and nectar is just too sweet for me. Maybe if paired with a darker tasting white tea, this would be more my thing as the melon flavor is very nice. But ultimately, too overpoweringly sweet for me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I totally get that. If I weren’t so addicted to Midori, which is super sweet, I’m not sure I would like this as much either.

teaplz

It definitely is more of a Midori-melon sweet. I can’t believe I drank this one up, though, because I hate melon. It tastes ridiculously authentic, though!

Auggy

Agreed on the ‘ridiculously authentic’! And I sadly have never had Midori (somewhere along the way I have totally lost my alcohol tolerance and one glass can get me buzzed so I pretty much avoid it) but I can see how that crazy sweetness would go in something melon-y alcoholic.

takgoti

My alcohol tolerance doesn’t exist. It’s flown the coop. It doesn’t even take a full beer to get me buzzed, so the fact that I can handle midori sours is saying something. They are awesome. You should try one. This tea isn’t nearly as sweet as midori actually is, but it is pretty sweet.

I’m still trying to decide whether I want to order a tin of this. Hrmmmmmm…

teaplz

I’m actually a huge fan of the amaretto sour myself, although midori sours I can handle in small doses. But I rarely drink, pretty much, so I have 0 tolerance. 1/3 of my way through a vodka and cranberry and I’m already giggling and acting like an idiot.

Hyrulehippie

I’m terrified of me+alcohol (I act like a drunk person anyway), but I had a sip or two of a midori sour and loved it. Tea that tastes like that is quite appealing to me.

cry steepster is so bad for my credit card.

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73
drank White Licorice by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

I don’t like licorice. At all. It’s evil. Oddly enough, I don’t anticipate liking this tea. But I’m a glutton for punishment so we’ll give it a quick go.

The dry leaves smell horrid – exactly like licorice. The juice smells like someone dropped a licorice candy in my tea to dissolve. Those bastards. It’s not as strong as the dry leaf but still smells like licorice so it’s icky.

But oh my gosh. The taste is… good! What the what what? There’s a faint sweetness and a little hint of licorice but not actually licorice. Not icky licorice. A sweetness that lightly melds with the (silver needle-tasting?) white tea giving it an almost dark nectar-y, somewhat floral taste.

I’m really really shocked at how delicious this is. I don’t know if this needs to go on the ‘to buy’ list but it has potential. Sadly, I only had enough leaf for one cup but I’ll see how the resteep goes. Because this was really quite yummy!

ETA: The second steep was more licorice tasting but not in a bad way. It was more identifiable but without the cloying… stickiness that I associate with licorice. Really surprising how good this one was.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I can’t stand licorice either- you give me hope for this one:)

Ricky

Must try and torment myself with this tea tomorrow :D

Bethany

I LOVE licorice, so once again I find another reason to order the GM sampler..

Cofftea

@Bethany, yep- there are 31 of them!:)

takgoti

This review may give me the nerve to try this once I order my sampler. It’s the only tea that really scares me.

teaplz

I was really terrified of this one too. I loathe licorice! I think the trick here is that it’s not really licorice in the tea, but anise, which has a slightly different flavor. And somehow, it WORKS. And tastes really good. It’s bizarre on many levels!

Erynn

I can’t stand licorice, and it’s in so many tea blends out there! Anise is more tolerable by a smidge. Star anise is very nice, though, so I really think it’s a matter of proportion and sweetness. I find licorice utterly cloying and will avoid teas containing it like the plague.

teaplz

Looking at it, I think star anise is what’s actually in this tea. Delicious!

Auggy

Anything even remotely licorice is evil in my book… except this tea. This was good. I don’t think I’ll be getting a full tin of it, but I am wondering what size their sampler is… I’m guessing it’s larger than the one or two cup envelopes in the 31 tea sampler set but not 100% sure. Does anyone know? Because I’d like to have like… 5 cups of this on hand.

Ricky

My guess is that the samplers are these little packets.

Auggy

Boo. I need a few more cups to figure out if I think this is good because it is licorice and not evil or if it really is super-good. Or both. (At the moment, I’m leaning towards both, but I need confirmation!)

Angrboda

That sounds like something I would love to pieces!

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77
drank Moroccan Mint by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

My stomach has been unhappy-making (probably due to the stuff I’m eating to try and gain weight), so I needed some mint to help it ease up.

I almost smacked myself in the forehead after I poured the water into this because I could have tried takgoti’s Moorish Mint. I’m an idiot.

I’ve never had Moroccan Mint, but I have had peppermint tea and gunpowder. The sample is pretty and dark green, with lots of peppermint leaves (complete with static cling), and rolled green tea. All very visually appealing.

The smell… well, it actually smells like exactly what it is. The mint overpowers the smell of the green tea overall (but I’ve never found Chinese greens to be that fragrant anyway), but it has a nice, rounded aroma.

The cup is similar in color to a gunpowder – not green, but a honey color. The smell coming off of it doesn’t have any of the smokiness of the gunpowder, and the mint hits you full force in the face.

I actually really enjoyed the taste of this. It’s uncomplicated, but interesting. Definitely a nice change of pace from the normal peppermint that I tend to drink. The green tea peeks through with a hint of verdant sweetness, but it really isn’t the main player here. The mint is fresh, and it almost, but not quite, drowns out the tea. Its herbal edge is definitely cut by the green tea, which is nice. No astringency… and no smoke, surprisingly.

I’ll probably have some Moorish Mint later, because those flavor combinations seem absolutely delicious.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

This, along w/ an oolong and Octavia’s Winter Mint was my 1st loose leaf purchase. Now that I actually know something about steeping tea, I can’t wait to try this one again. I’m thinking maybe 30sec steep.

Ricky

No smokiness from gunpowder (+1), mint full force (-1). Ahhh, what will I do!

teaplz

I doubt you’d get much flavor out of this in 30 seconds… peppermint is something that you can keep steeping for 7-8 minutes for optimal flavor, and gunpowder doesn’t really get going until about a minute or so of unfurling.

Ricky, you’ll DRINK IT, cause you already have it in your GM sample. :)

takgoti

You’ll have plenty of time for Moorish Mint in the future. It sounds like this was an enjoyable cup, and that’s what counts! I hope it helped your stomach!

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Yeah, this one is a lot lighter than Adagio’s! It’s also a higher grade of gunpowder (Temple of Heaven), so that might be it as well. I actually prefer Adagio’s because I like the strength of the smoke on that. :)

Ricky

Adagio’s smokiness is definitely stronger, but it’s green tea flavor is also stronger. If only the two would mate and make some children.

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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
187 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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