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88
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
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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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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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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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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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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.

Tea for Me Please - 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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86
drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Had a little side by side tasting of this and ROT’s lapsang souchong with my dad pre-present opening tonight. Ultimately he preferred ROT’s as it is a bit of a stronger taste and with a fuller body but I liked this one. It sweeter and softer with a note of a faint honey taste running through the tea. It is a thinner-bodied tea and not as dark and murky as ROT’s. There is a smoky flavor all over this tea but nothing overpowering. Instead, it is smooth and lovely. I will be ordering more of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teaplz

So interesting that you did this, Auggy! I’m glad he enjoyed the tea, regardless.. and I’m glad you found GM’s Lapsang to be a LOVE!

Ricky

Oh why must you torture yourself Auggy =P

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86
drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells like meat that’s been soaked in soy sauce before smoking. Or like the meat has been smoked at too high of a temperature and almost burned but didn’t quite. Instead, it’s just really really dark. And salty. I only have the ROT’s to compare it to and this one smells more… carcinogenic.

All brewed up, this tea doesn’t smell near as strong as ROT’s, but instead of sweet maple tones to the smell, I get… pickle. BBQ’ed pickle. There’s a tartness in is somewhat vinegar-y. The husband was actually intrigued enough by the smell to try this before I did and his response was “Not a fan, but good.” I asked him explain because that’s… confusing. He replied that it was a good smoky taste but was too much for him – there was nothing else to it, unlike with overly smoked brisket, at least there is brisket under there. (He pretty much felt the same way about ROT’s – he felt no need to drink Liquid Smoke).

It’s cooled a little so I’m ready to try it. The scent I inhale is sweeter than what I was smelling before. No sweet maple or anything but no vinegar/pickle either. Just like a sweeter BBQ sauce. The taste initially is a lot milder than ROT’s, but it seems to expand in my mouth. Faint smoky tea building until my mouth is filled with a smoky but smooth flavor. If I keep sipping, that taste builds but if I take a little longer between sips, it fades.

I can actually get a little tea undertone to this after I swallow. It doesn’t appear regularly but rather when it’s been a bit longer between my sips so the smoke flavor that has built up in my mouth has faded some. Also, I’m getting a sweet, somewhat meat-like aftertaste.

I’m actually really liking this. I mean, I don’t think I could drink it every day, but I do really like it. To the point that, depending on how the second (and maybe third?) steeps go, I would seriously consider adding this to a GM order when I make one. It’s mild when compared to the ROT but definitely not too mild. Just really smooth and not overpowering. Definitely distinctive but…. relaxing and pleasant. I hope I have enough left of this for a second cup because I want to do a tasting with my dad over Christmas of this one and ROT’s – because if anyone could appreciate a smoke tea, it would be him.

ETA: Second steep @ 6:00. Smooth, smoky, sweet and really yummy. Yeah, I’m going to have to order some of this.

Third steep @ 8:00. Smooth, very sweet and a tail of smoky. SO. FREAKIN. GOOD.

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

Whee! I think I just couldn’t get over the fact that it tasted like bacon and smoke and all that weird stuff. I think I need to try it again. It’s definitely very juicy and savory, but it’s SO strange. I can taste that it’s quality, but it’s just… WEIRD.

Auggy

This one is better than ROT’s for sure and having ROT’s previously let me not think about the “OMG! SMOKED MEAT TEA!” (which I totally did before) on this one and concentrate on the tea itself. I actually kind of love it. I really really hope the second steep is a good one.

Ricky

I’m glad someone enjoyed this cup of tea :D

sophistre

See? Just as I get accustomed to seeing the other runners faceplant over this one hurdle — enough of them that I feel reasonably confident I will do the same thing, when I get there — someone goes soaring over it, and I’m left to wonder all over again.

teaplz

Your 2nd and 3rd steeps sounded pretty awesome! Unfortunately, I tossed those leaves right after the first steep. I think my family might have done me bodily harm if they had to smell the tea for longer than it took to steep.

They were threatening to throw out the rest of my sample, and I had to squirrel it away!

Auggy

@sophistre, I think I’ll have to agree with those that have said this type of tea is a love it or hate it tea. And I’d guess more people would hate lapsang souchong that love it, but I’m going to have to fall in the ‘love it’ category – at least for this one (wasn’t huge on ROT’s).

@teazplz, Hahah! Fortunately the husband was intrigued by the smoke smell and had already dealt with the must stronger smelling ROT one not too long before, so he wasn’t fussy about the scent at all. I plan on taking my remaining sample of this one and the bit of the ROT I have left to my parents for Christmas and do a little taste testing with my dad. We’ll see how many family members throw out threats during that event!

takgoti

Oooh, I don’t think I’ve ever gone past a second steeping of LS. Might need to sit down and go for thirds soon.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

“One sip and a rush of bitterness hit me. I was so hurt, how come something that smelled so succulent, be so bitter.” Tea is like a lot of things in life, and unfortunately I guess this is one of them:(

Ricky

Haha, I agree. Nonetheless, this was still a great cup of tea. GM never disappoints… eh most of the time.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Suzi

I had Lapsang Souchong for the first time a few weeks ago and it was just UGH YICK! I couldn’t choke down more than a few sips. I like my tea flavored, but apparently not as smoked meat.. LOL.

Ricky

Haha, agreed. Meat and tea should not be mixed together. I can still feel it, argh. Must make something mild to rinse this nastiness out of my system.

Bethany

Haha, once again, I reiterate that Lapsang Souchong is a love it or hate it proposition. I love curling up with a big mug of it.

Ricky

Yep, I agree. It’s a hit or miss. There’s no in between.

Auggy

Haha – oh no! I’m putting this one on my list of teas to try this weekend!

sophistre

I am watching all of the GM-sampler testers jump this particular hurdle on the obstacle course with increasing fascination. I can’t decide yet if it’s curiosity or horror.

teaplz

Ahhhhh! I’m actually laughing over here. It tastes like a cigarette! BLAH. My parents were yelling about the smell for the entire day.

Ricky

I can’t wait to see what my friends think of it when I give them the sampler. What’s funny is one of my friends love Bacon! =D That should be interesting.

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Erin

I first read “Breaking the Sorapot” and began to panic! Haha, I need to read things more carefully.

Ricky

Oh my, I’d be quite upset if Sorapot broke.

~lauren.

Just googled it, and the Sorapot is gorgeous! I wish you many happy magic tea moments with your newly opened teapot!

sophistre

Actually, I did a little test of my own yesterday because I was curious. I know that my glass infuser mug holds two cups and just a hair over, because I made sure when I bought it, using my measuring cup. I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t overfill it if I used the sorapot, so I poured it into the sorapot chamber and found that I need to leave about 3/4ths of an inch of space at the top when the whole thing is horizontal, if not a full inch (hard to say, cylindrical and all), to make a full 16oz cup consisting of two liquid ‘cups’ of tea. Hope that helps!

JacquelineM

The Sorapot is so beautiful – your friends will change their minds once you serve them tea from it :)

Ricky

Isn’t it Lauren? Steepster offers it on their Steepster Select every once in a blue moon.

Yeah, right after I made the post I did a test of my own sophistre. I filled up my Nalgene which holds 24oz and I was able to empty all of it into it, but I spilled some. So moral of the story, fill it up half way to get the 11oz. Now, I’m glad it fills up to about 20z =]. I usually make about 16oz so 3/4 ways would be good.

Does it taste better if it comes from the Sorapot Jacqueline? Oh I do wonder =] It’s like drinking from expensive chinaware, or teaware in this case =]

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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61
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

And another tea is out of my pantry! YAY! Slowly I’m getting rid of the little single or double cup amounts of leaf I have. Whee!

Honestly, not as good as the first time I had it. I let it cool too long and they honey pear flavors have flattened out and gotten musty. And overall, there’s just too much honey taste to it.

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

Only four more GM samplers for me! What shall I do when I’m all out?!?!?

teaplz

I think I have… 7 more? And a lot more with more in each package… bah. SO MUCH TEA. I think I’m finally going to be able to pawn some off to Jon, though!

Ricky

Haha, great idea! Just make sure he posts up a tasting note =P or you can write one for him ;)

Cofftea

He should:)

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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

Didn’t get to have this at work so I’m having it now that I am home.

Holy crap does the dry leaf smell like pears! Big, juicy, mess-making pears. Wow! That’s a slight, possible floral smell added to it that is maybe the honey? No idea. 98% of this is full on pear smell.

So my timer went off and I went into the kitchen to pour my cup? HOLY HONEY MONKEYS, BATMAN! I was still a few feet from the counter when I got slammed with succulent fruit juiciness and honey. The honey smell is very obvious now and makes it smell like pears, soaked in honey. Quite why they are soaked in honey, no one knows, because it stops them tasting like pears and makes them taste like honey… and if you wanted honey, you could just… buy honey. Instead of pears.

ahem But I digress.

Sipping on the tea though and the BAM ness of the honey pear is in the scent and the actual taste is much more normal and sane. There is honey, then tea, then pear, then honey again. It is like a lightly flavored pear tea was sweetened with honey. Or maybe a gentle tea was sweetened with honey and then had a splash of pear juice added.

This is smooth with a little dryness showing up right after I swallow but quickly fading. It’s sweet but in a wild, honey/musky fruit way. And the body is pretty light. No desire or need to chew the tea here (which I might actually enjoy…) I really want to see how this will turn out when cooler, but I may be too impatient (and it may be too yummy) for me to see. I think a bit more pear is coming out, but again, I’m impatient.

So this all sounds great, right? So why is my rating just at the lime green happy face and not higher? This seems like it has all the elements of wonderfulness: strong and recognizable smell, no chemical taste, the flavoring doesn’t overpower the tea, no additives needed to make it yummy….

I dislike honey.

Yeah, I know. I’m weird. Just not a big fan of honey. Sure, I’ll mix it with mustard and dip chicken into it. I have occasionally put it on a biscuit. But generally, I’m pretty particular about my honey. I go for the lighter, sweeter honeys – orange blossom over plum (which strikes me as a very dark-tasting, wild honey), the local wildflower honey over sourwood honey. I don’t even really like the taste of the ‘typical’ clover honey. And this honey strikes me as a slightly-darker-tasting-than-clover honey. So while I recognize that this is a good tea, this is just something that’s not up my alley.

However, those that like pears and honey both? Will probably love this one. Now I vote that GM makes a pear tea (I don’t think there is one in my sample box, right?) because this tea minus the honey, I think I’d LOVE.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
silvermage2000

That was a nice review this sounds good to me.

Bethany

I love honey and I love pear, so this is yet another GM tea that I would/will probably love.

Ricky

Aww, you don’t like the honey! I love this tea, I would get it again. The scent was definitely too strong for me though. I can’t deal with the ripe fruit smell. As it cools the smell dies down =D just be patient!

sophistre

This sounds divine, the way that you describe it. Maybe a pear flavored blend that I might actually like, rather than the abomination of a ruined white sitting in my cupboard right now…?

teaplz

Mmmmm. This one sounds awesome. I, too, really love honey and pear, so I’m sort of saving this one. :) At least the flavors were really delicious, though!

Auggy

Seriously all, if I liked darker honeys, I would love this. But if the honey isn’t so light is it almost lemon-colored, I don’t really enjoy it. But yeah, I fully support the wonderness of this tea – to others, just not myself! :)

I gave the second steep to the husband and I think the smell threw him off a bit, but he said that once it cooled a bit, the pear and honey tastes really came through and were identifiable and natural. He tends to prefer VERY strongly flavored things so I think he was a little disappointed with the fact that the tea taste came through some, but I count that in GM’s favor.

Suzi

This one sounds amazing but I love honey so yeah, it would! Sorry it’s not your cup of tea X-D but if I had been hoping for a fairly straightforward pear I would have been disappointed, too.

Auggy

Well, now I’m hoping for a straight forward pear because I bet GM would do it well! But mostly I was hoping for a honey taste that was less… well, real honey tasting. Or not as obvious. But I do have another cup’s worth of the leaves yet and I won’t have any problem enjoying that. Because while it isn’t something I’d go for intentionally, it is a good cup.

takgoti

Thank you for writing this. I can now confirm that I will be ordering a tin of this when I put my GM order through. Because, you know, I know y’all care. [Hah.]

Micah

Nice review! I just put in an order of about 10 samples from Golden Moon and I’m glad I added this one because I definitely LOVE honey.

teaplz

Micah – you could have done their sampler set… 31 teas (their entire catalog) for $20. :) I’ve been pimping this all over Steepster, just because a lot of the stuff in there (especially the flavored and blended stuff) is pretty high quality!

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57

Taken with rock sugar.

I don’t taste any jasmine (Nathaniel says I put too much sugar in and overpowered it… then he said the vanilla masks it…. I’m not sure if it’s my fault or GM’s fault).

An okay vanilla tea, but I’m not terribly fond of vanilla teas.

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59

Taken unsweetened.

My husband is a fan of all things caramel, so I gave this sample to him. I’m snagging sips now as he’s on the phone.

I taste a bit of the oolong, but mostly burnt sugar caramel taste. It’s interesting, but I’m not so much of a fan of it that I would buy it. We’ll see what he thinks of it.

I might like it better if it was sweetened, but it’s his cup, and he doesn’t sweeten. :-(


Here are his words (until I can get him to get his own account):
It’s a very mellow oolong. The sweetness of the caramel is present but there’s not a lot of burnt sugar. It’s subtle and pleasant.

I’d drink it again, but am not impressed enough with it to buy it. It’s probably a good afternoon home from work, relax tea. Due to the caffeine content it would have to be early, though.

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94
drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Oh my god. I think I’m in LOVE.

I’ve been wanting to try chai, but I didn’t know how, and frankly, the process can seem somewhat intimidating. But takgoti and Auggy really broke it down for me, and I ended up using takgoti’s super-long chai special process (which I think is really close to Samovar’s, but what do I know?). Anyway, when I opened the packet of Kashmiri, my nose did a dance and then died from happiness. It’s so rich and spicy-smelling and warm and inviting. I can smell the cloves and cinnamon and cardamom. And it all smells like a heavenly mixture of wonderful.

I used the entire packet for this one, and followed takgoti’s brewing instructions, which I will type out for one serving right here:
1 cup of water, 1 cup of milk/milk equivalent (I used vanilla soy, as I’m lactose intolerant), 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of chai (I used the entire GM packet).

Boil water and sugar together in a saucepan until sugar dissolves into water. Into a syrup.
Add the chai, then simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the milk, simmering and stirring.
When it comes to a boil (be careful that it doesn’t boil over!), turn the heat off and let it sit for a long time. Like 7-10 minutes long. I let it sit for around 8-9 or so.
Strain and serve.

OH MY GOD. The mixture smelled AMAZING cooking. Seriously. It was like this fragrant warm beverage. Everything you ever think of when you think the word “chai.” It’s got a light brown color, and it smells delicious. And the taste is nothing short of amazing. I can taste all the spices individually, but they meld together. And amazingly enough, I am tasting a tea flavor as well. I can’t pick out green and black and whatnot, but I don’t think that’s the point of chai. It’s supposed to just be a nice and spicy and warn and delicious milky beverage. And that’s what I have right here. This would probably taste better without the nuttiness of the soy, but it does add an interesting dimension. I would definitely want to try this with my Very Vanilla Silk, which tastes like a vanilla milkshake. Mmmm.

I did get more than 8 oz. of chai… it was more like 12. So I have about a half-cup that’s going into the fridge to chill. And I bet that’ll taste amazing when it comes out.

Seriously, I’m so happy that I bit the bullet and actually made this a more proper and authentic way instead of steeping it normally and then just dumping milk into it. It tastes much deeper and well-rounded as a result. Full of flavor and deliciousness. I’m having a tea-gasm here. Can I tell you how it compares to other chais? Absolutely not. I think this one overall isn’t very aggressive with its spices. It’s more mellow and comforting. The only thing I regret is that I don’t have more of this GM blend to use!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
sophistre

Now you know why chai is, whenever possible, a part of my morning ritual. :) The only way in which my method differs from the above is that I don’t condense the sugar into simple syrup, though that sounds lovely, too…I just add it with the tea once the water is hot.

There are just so many mornings when I don’t want to be awake early, and the thought of my whole house smelling like simmering chai while the world is still and quiet is enough to get my feet on the floor.

denisend

Oh, wow, this does sound lovely. Thanks for sharing this method; I haven’t really been happy with any of the chais I’ve made so far, so perhaps this will do it. :-)

Bethany

Mmmm, I might have to try this this weekend..

teaplz

It doesn’t really become a syrup-like concoction… like, it’s still extremely watery. But the sugar needs to just completely dissolve. At least, that’s what I think takgoti meant. One mixture. Unless I’m completely wrong and needed to wait until it boiled down completely into a syrup. Which I’d imagine would taste lovely too. Hrm. She’ll be around to comment on this, probably! Either way, it was wonderific!

No problem sharing the method, denisend! :) You’ll have to thank takgoti for that. Definitely let it sit for as long as you can stand, though, because it grows in depth and flavor. It’s all a bit time-consuming, but I really think it was worth it. It tastes like a unified beverage, instead of tea-with-milk-and-sugar-added in.

teafiend

Normally, I’m in a state of general upset-ness that I don’t have ready access to a kitchen/ stovetop, but this made it compete with the upset-ness of finals. Once I get home I’ll have to try this out!

Kitch3ntools

i have to try this!!! i bet it will soothe my sore throat too :D im very excited about this!!

Charisma

Great post! :) This is the only way I make ‘chai’. Sometimes adding other spices and mixing other teas is fun to try out as well. If you run out of that mix, you can buy your own spices and mix your own blend. Thanks for sharing this post!

sophistre

I definitely like tossing chunks of crystalized ginger in, sometimes. And you get to gnosh it at the end. It’s like getting a prize at the bottom of another prize.

takgoti

Hee! It tickles me so that this worked and you enjoyed it so much. My method is absolutely and completely ganked from Samovar, but I believe it’s also the traditional preparation method for making chai. As for the sugar, I just wait for it to dissolve, but I do believe that dissolved sugar in water is technically considered a simple syrup? Could be wrong on that, but yes, I add the sugar at the beginning instead of at the end.

Also, the crystalized ginger sounds awesome. Might need to try that sometime.

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81
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
17 tasting notes

Very dark amber in the cup. With most teas, the bottom of the cup can be seen – not with this, it is very nearly opaque. This tea tastes exactly as most people describe, strong and earthy. This is a tea that one generally has to get used to – it will be an acquired taste for most people.

The “earthy” taste – some people just call it strange – comes from a unique ingredient that appears during the curing: fungus, bacteria, or mold. Anyone who has ever scraped out the deep blue veins from a strong Danish cheese and licked the mold off the knife is going to recognize the source of the “earthy” taste in Pu-erh immediately.

Extremely old (40-50+ years) Pu-erhs are known to have visible strands of blue mold. Even on younger Pu-erhs, the mold is still present, just not visible. It is that fungal growth that gives it the unique taste.

The age of a Pu-erh is important when thinking about the tea, Golden moon does state what year it may be from but they describe the ingredients in the tea as: Aged Chinese Tea from the Last Century. Pretty vague, but given the price, the tea probably a recent vintage from the last 2-3 years.

We brewed this for 2 minutes, 30 seconds using boiling water.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Carolyn

Thank you so much for the information on Pu-erhs! It’s invaluable to me since I’m trying to feel my way around them.

Micah

That’s very interesting that the flavor is caused by mold. I suppose that’s why pu-erh ages like it does, right? The only pu-erh I’ve had are the tuochas from Tea Source so I’m excited to try the sample of this that I ordered.

Pamela Dean

If it’s from the Last Century, wouldn’t that mean it’s at least 10 yrs old?

How many infusions did you try?

Leafbox Tea

There was no way of knowing how old it was. Given the price of the tea and what we’ve seen of Puerhs from other vendors this is probably from the last several years and not anything ancient. Even 10+ year old Puerh would be more expensive than this giving us the idea that it is much younger.

We did three infusions and each one was full of flavor. Puerh is reported to be good for about 5-6 depending on the tea. The third infusion we did was smooth and mild but still had plenty of that unique Puerh taste.

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