Golden Moon Tea

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Ech…bad milk will certainly wake you up.

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54
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
127 tasting notes

Zarafina: black, loose, medium
sweetened with rock sugar

There’s a strong musky honey note dominating this tea. Detecting the pear taste is difficult, and I’m realizing that I much prefer teas flavored with actual bits of whatever rather than flavor oils.

I got this as part of Golden Moon’s sampler set, but I won’t buy it.

takgoti

Hurm. That’s two for pear, one for not so much. Going to have to wait until I can get around to ordering the sampler set before I decide whether to buy this.

denisend

They don’t seem to have the ingredients listed on their website (what?!), but I do remember looking at it and thinking ‘flavorings?’ I don’t think I’ve met a tea flavored with flavorings yet that I’ve been overly fond of, so that may be the problem.

I should have sweetened it with honey, but I was distracted when I made it.

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You are the 1st person I know that had pu erh as a kid.

Ricky

Haha, that the tea of choice at yum chas. I was kind of stuck with it.

Cofftea

yum chas?

Ricky

Apologies for the link, but I feel wikipedia could do a better job explaining it. The direct translation means “to drink tea.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yum_cha

teaplz

OMG YES Ricky! Yes! m happy you liked it! This is awesome. We will eventually have to discuss everything. How cute was the sample box? And all the little baggies? :D

P.S. If you want my e-mail ever to chat it up, lemme know!

Ricky

We need a Golden Moon Tea discussion thread or something for all the members who purchased the sampler. I might really to have to order a few more and give it out as gifts seeing as the presentation ( “cute” basket ll email you with my real address afterward.

This comment box is way too small. Incoming feature request.

Ricky

^ Ha, seems I hit a bug and I can’t edit my comment. Jason you’ll have an incoming email.

Seeing as my last post was cut off, i"ll have to rewrite it from memory.
….
I might really to have to order a few more and give it out as gifts seeing as the presentation ( “cute” basket = your words not mine :D) was so nice. As for the bags, little? They were huge! The size of two tea bags, they were like 1″×6″ (rough estimates). I had a hard time tearing it open, they didn’t have a little tear me thing anywhere. Inside was just enough tea for one cup =(.

As for my email. Seeing as this is a public comment, here’s a junk / temporary email address ( [email protected] ). I’ll email you with my real address afterward.

My original comment was longer, but I can’t recall everything.

Cofftea

@Ricky, it is no bug- we could never edit our replies… <-NEW FEATURE REQUEST

teaplz

Ricky, I cut mine open with scissors. :) My Organic Green had enough for two cups, it seemed like. Although I could be entirely wrong (I measured out one heaping teaspoon and there was enough for another teaspoon the same size).

I’ll be e-mailing you shortly!

Ricky

Sorry, the bug was that my comment was cut off between ( “cute” basket & ll email.

Auggy

STOP TORTURING ME!!!! I WANT MY SAMPLER!!!!

Ricky

LOL, your missing out on our tea discussion. We’re starting without you.

Auggy

I’m trying to consider it like a movie trailer. Coming soon to a teapot near you!

Bethany

As a lifelong Pu-erh drinker, can you recommend a good one to start with? Would it be better to try something flavored or something straight up? I was looking at Rishi’s Blood Orange Pu-erh.

Cofftea

I think chocolate would be the ONLY way you’d get me to try it again:)

Ricky

Well, the ones they serve at restaurants are watered down, that might be why I got use to it. I love this one, but it might be a bit strong from people starting. I would try it with a flavor, if you like blood orange by all means. The flavor definitely knocks off some of the pu-erh taste. GM has a pu-erh chai and I couldn’t really taste the pu-erh that much.

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Taken plain.
This is my favored kind of green. Buttery toasty and calm. No spinach flavor in the cup just a calm green tea that I can eat anything with.

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

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SECOND STEEPAGE.

This cup steeped up to around the same color as the first, and the leaves opened up a bit more. The taste is surprisingly stronger than the first cup, but it’s still a bit weak tasting. It tastes grassier by far, and there’s still the lingering sweet note. There’s almost an earthy note to this as well. I actually think the sweet aftertaste has mellowed out completely, and I doubt that anyone would be able to pick out “candied pineapple” in this second steep. So it’s probably more green-tea-like. However, I think I actually favor the first cup more. There’s still a wonderful purity to the entire taste. It really is clean and fresh. The first cup was more subtle, and water-ish, but the nuanced flavor profile in it was more interesting than this one.

I’m starting to love the fact that green teas really just have this natural sugary flavor to them. I can’t imagine anyone adding anything to Golden Moon’s Green. Maybe the tiniest bit of honey, but I think it’d overwhelm the delicacy that’s at play here.

I probably could have gotten another steep out, but I’m tiring of the tea, so I dumped the leaves. Still, pretty good for a basic green!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Glad to see you resteeping!:)

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If you haven’t heard, I have the best boyfriend in the entire world.

So, my boyfriend is always amused by my various obsessiveness. I tend to cycle through hobbies and pastimes pretty quickly, and he’s always along for the ride. When he found out that I was getting into loose leaf tea, and made my first order from Adagio, he surprised me with the Golden Moon Tea Taster’s Sampler set (http://www.goldenmoontea.com/Tea_Taster_s_Sampler_P56C28.cfm for those that aren’t in the know). It’s $20 for their entire catalog, 1-2 cups of each of their 31 varieties, and if you use the code “teareviewblog” you get free shipping (it worked when I ordered, at least). It was the perfect gift, and as a result, I have the chance to work my way through the various and interesting teas of a highly respected company.

The box is a bit daunting, so I figured I’d start with the basics. And what’s more basic than plain green tea? I don’t have much experience with green tea overall, but I read on here and elsewhere that this was just straight green tea, with a very mild flavor.

When I opened the little packet, I was sort of surprised at how much there was in there. The leaves were pretty and twisted, a wonderful verdant color. There were some broken bits at the bottom of the packet, but for the most part, most of the leaves were intact. I’d read that many of the offerings were really one cup only, but I measured out a heaping teaspoon of this, and I still had half left. Since I didn’t want to overdue it with the leaves, and add too many to the pot with no knowledge of the the temperament of this tea, I just did the one heaping teaspoon and sealed the rest of the bag up for another time.

The dry leaves smelled… leafy. Green in a plant-like way. Nothing distinctive. The resulting liquid after brewed was a light yellow color. A very, very pale goldenrod. The cup had literally no smell.

On my first sip I was a bit surprised. This tea doesn’t have a strong flavor at all. As someone that’s accustomed to blacks in the morning, it was a bit interesting. There are barely any tasting notes to be had while the cup is still piping hot. A hint of vegetation, a sweet aftertaste.

As the cup cooled, however, the sweetness really came into prominence. I only really tasted the “candied pineapple” tasting note once or twice (this is not flavored with pineapple, so don’t expect a strong flavor at all). The best thing that I can say about this tea is that if it was cold, it’d be immensely chuggable. And I mean that as a compliment. It’s refreshing and light and tasty, with a very pleasing sweet note. It tastes pure and refined. Does it taste like “tea”? No. So if you’re going into this expecting a flavor parade, you will be disappointed. It tastes more like drinking dew from a large leaf in the morning. What I would imagine the water served up on Olympus tastes like.

All great compliments, but when I’m drinking tea, I don’t really want water, I want tea. I really enjoyed the subtleties of this tea, and I’m going to try resteeping it (some of the leaves still have a twisted shape and didn’t unfurl completely), but I can’t imagine ordering more of this.

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

Loved this note – I know you aren’t in love with this tea but your note makes me excited to try it! Sadly, my order is set to come in Monday, which is the day I leave on vacation. I really really really want UPS to stop by the house first thing in the morning so I can take the samples with me. That would be way awesome.

Cofftea

@Auggy, we can suffer together- I’m on pins and needles too. For my matcha set. It’s supposed to be here Tues.:(

Cofftea

@teaplz, I can related to your “water” comment. I think as a person’s tastes mature and develop they search out different teas and teas steeped different ways. I always try teas at least twice.

rabbysmom

“So, my boyfriend is always amused by my various obsessiveness. I tend to cycle through hobbies and pastimes pretty quickly,”
LOL LOL at this comment because I’m soooo glad to hear that I’m not the only one with this type of personality! Let’s hope our current tea obsession is here to stay :)

Cofftea

@rabbysmom- I’m that way too. Thank GOD I’ve stuck w/ tea, but my tea and tea ware tastes have definitely changed.

rabbysmom

@Cofftea Good to hear! Tea is a good thing to be into since it is so varied. I plan to stick with it because I have gotten more enjoyment than I could ever imagine out of tea!

teaplz

It’s not bad! I just wasn’t blown completely away by it. I think it’s hard to be blown away by something like this tea. Just because it’s fairly simple in a lot of ways, and doesn’t really have a “wow” factor. That being said, it tastes like it’s fairly high quality (although I haven’t a clue what that’d taste like!).

And yes, I always cycle ridiculously through things.

Auggy

Well, and you like teas bolder than I do, I think. But lighter teas make me happy so I can really picture enjoying this. I HOPE UPS is early on Monday!!!!

denisend

Auggy – you might be able to call UPS and ask them to hold the package at the center and pick it up on your way out of town. Depends on who you talk to, some folks at UPS go above and beyond for customers like that. You’ll have to do it TODAY, though (and have a tracking number), because they could be loading it on the truck as early as 2 am Monday morning!

Cofftea

@Auggy, if you REALLY want it on vacation that bad and they can’t either get it to or have it ready for you to pick up before you leave maybe you can get them to ship it to the address you’re staying at for an extra charge.

Auggy

@denisend – That’s a thought! I’ll have to see where the UPS center would be and if it isn’t the entirely wrong way, I might see if I can try that! Let’s see… how obsessive will I be about my tea? Hehe!

Ricky

Haha, I cycle through hobbies, obsessions, whatever you want to call it as well.

Cofftea

@teaplz, I think any tea has the potential to blow away someone. Just as it has the potential to make a person puke lol. Your tastebuds may not be ready for it yet.

TeaEqualsBliss

That’s an awesome deal! I think I am going to try an purchase after the holidays!

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Taken plain.
Starting is a sweet smooth chrysanthemum taste with a floral over tone that fades quickly to sweet and toasty and then finally to the white tea base.
This tea is exactly what Golden Moon advertises and it is wonderfully smooth and calming.
Pairing chrysanthemum over the white tea adds interest to a very simple flavor and accents the mouth feel to make this a more full bodied tea.
The tea leaves prior to brewing show full chrysanthemum buds so if you have certain plant allergies you may want to check to make sure this wont bother you.
But if you can drink this it is wonderful.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Taken with a sprinkle of sugar.
As with the vast majority of Golden Moon teas this blend demonstrates a balance between flavoring agent and tea. Neither fight for dominance. Both can be tasted. Which is awesome and something I think more blending professionals should aspire to.
It seems that the rose is the balancing part of the tea. First hint is of an almost tin-ie (for all of you non-musicians out there tin-ie is a description for a sound that has no resonance… most commonly piccolos and trumpets… you know… the annoying instruments ;p ) black tea. After that the rose flavor develops over the black tea base.
Obviously this is extremely floral but the rose flavoring does not become a perfumed mess when chilled which is nice.
What makes this blend work though is a tertiary flavor that reminds me of teas that are defined as smoky. Think Lapsang super duper light. I honnestly don’t know if this is a quality in the leaves they chose to blend with or if they added a bit of oil or what-not but I’m pretty sure that’s what keeps the flavor in this blend together.
Anyways… pleasant treat!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank White Licorice by Golden Moon Tea
197 tasting notes

Not a licorice fan, but I liked it. My husband thought it was really good

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Moroccan Mint by Golden Moon Tea
865 tasting notes

UGH! The tea is good, but memories of this make me shutter. This was when I drank tea only cuz it was supposed to help me lose weight. I didn’t like the taste so I added mint to every tea I drank. And I steeped all my tea for 5 min…. I want to smack my former self! So much better when steeped properly.

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

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95

Taken with no additives.
This is my favorite tea. It is rich, sweet and decadent all by itself. This is one of 2 teas ever that I have never gotten sick of and I really believe that is because the flavor is so subtle. The mouth on this is very rich feeling so you don’t just feel like you are drinking flavored water. There is a distinct texture to this tea that coats and feels almost hearty.
And in complete contrast the flavor lingers subtly almost like a breath of sweet air.
After taking the time to season a yixing with this particular treat tea the flavor is slightly bolder but remains subtle and non-offensive. I’ve been waiting to see if the coconut would take an artificial over tone after being enhanced by the pot but it continues to remain wonderful.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the last of my sample and I am purposely oversteeping to see the difference. I steeped for about 5 to 6 mins. I strongly suggest this. It has more flavor and it isn’t bitter but on the verge of maybe getting bitter if steeped longer. The pineapple like scent DOES come out more if steeped longer. I am going to try multiple infusions.

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Scent and Coloring is pretty plain-jane. Sweet and Clean YES…Candied Pineapple Subtle-ness…not so much. I appreciate the fact that there is no funky aftertaste like some plain green teas have. But it’s till quite plain…that’s not good, bad, or indifferent…it’s just IS WHAT IT IS. :)

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Another bites the dust! Boo Hiss…After this…this one is all gone, too. I Really do like this one because of the reasons I listed before…but if you are looking for a really spice-spicy chai…this may not be for you…but it is for me, it seems. Thumbs Up!

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As many of you know I do NOT put anything in my tea…ever…including my chai (unless it’s added by someone else ie a cafe/restaurant while purchasing). This is the first time I am trying this Chai and I must say I LOVE IT. It’s lite and creamy with a little bit of spice. I have had Chai that are very spicy and over the top and know why people put cream or milk or soy equiv. in it but this doesn’t need anything! It’s a nice calming/relaxing blend that is very Creamy as is.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

It sounds really good. I’ll have to try it. I think it is one of very few Golden Moon teas I haven’t tried.

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This is going to be a very trying day for me as I am having a lot of trouble getting my fingers to communicate correctly with my brain. Case in point [though you can’t see what just happened and will simply have to take my word for it]: I just had to delete and re-type the word “communicate” seven times. And three more just now.

If this is indicative of how the rest of the typing I’m going to be doing to get schoolwork done today, maybe I should just cut to the chase and start crying now.

Luckily, during some of life’s gloomier and more frustrating sequences, we have tea. And I picked a good one this morning.

I can see this becoming a staple.

Carolyn mentioned in her review that she caught a flash of midori when she drank this and that is exactly what I parse out. For me it’s more present in the smell than in the taste, but that’s perfectly fine by me. Anyone who’s ever had midori knows how sweet it is, [and for those of you who don’t know…er, it’s pretty sweet] and so to have it take over the taste in this tea would be cloying.

Don’t get me wrong, midori is actually my absolutely favorite liqueur. Midori sours are my go-to drink when I’m out because I’m a girly drinker and I don’t like to taste the alcohol in what I’m sipping on. But, that’s a different class of drinking. When I’m drinking tea I don’t want to think that I’m drinking alcoholic kool-aid.

Sometimes when I sniff this as the scent rises out of the cup, I think I’m smelling apple cider, which is also something I enjoy quite a bit. The scent of the leaves themselves has little hints of both the melon and the cider, but also something else I can’t place. As a single entity, it smells a little bit like candy.

The tea is light, but has the softness in its flavor that honeydew melon, or perhaps cantaloupe contribute. I find it subtle and calming. There are likely to be aspects of it that I’m not picking up presently, but I’m too busy typing and retyping characters to be too bothered at the present. I expect I’ll be spending some quality time with it in the future.

This tasting note has been brought to you by Carolyn, the letter K, and Mavis Beacon.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Melon and cider? Hmm. I am curious how these combine… seems like it would either be not so good or else add a great depth of flavor. Based on your rating, I’m guessing option 2?

takgoti

The cider bit was only in the scent, I didn’t really get it in the taste. I think it’s because the smell coming off the cup is more fume-y [not a word] and it almost took on that wavery, almost gritty note that alcohol [and consequently, midori] has. Apple cider has that same kind of smell texture to me, which is probably the main reason why I smelled it.

I’m talking that sweet apple cider, too. Not the really dark, mulled, spiced kind. Like the kind Starbucks uses in their caramel apple cider, or what you might pick up in a grocery store. It seems funny, but the more that I think about it in my head it doesn’t seem too crazy far off of what midori’s like.

Auggy

Ooooh, I get that. Okay, this sounds good!

Carolyn

I agree with that sense. That was why it reminded me of Midori. The slight alcoholic scent (that you’ve identified as apple cider) gives it that feel.

teaplz

Oh my gawd Mavis Beacon. I remember her in computer classes in grammar school! BLAH.

P.S. This is one of the samples that’s coming in the mail for me. :D I’ll get one cup of it, but I can’t wait to try it. Midori is delicious!

takgoti

Hahaha, yeah, good ol’ Mavis. My parents wouldn’t let us having gaming systems when I was younger, so the closest thing I could get to Super Mario Brothers was this laughable spinoff called Mario Teaches Typing.

Yes, I played it a lot. “Played” it a lot.

Micah

Count me among the Mavis Beacon “scholars.” At my high school our computer classes consisted almost entirely of fiddling around on Mavis Beacon. I guess that’s what you get with non-essential credits.

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81

Even better than I remembered. Wow.

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Not your grandma’s Ceylon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
6770 tasting notes

Okay…so it’s not-so-hot with multiple infusions…I think I will stop at 2. Still yummy just quite a bit weaker.

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drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
6770 tasting notes

I’m finishing up my sample today…boo hiss…parting it such sweet sorrow! Anyhow…I like this tea…it’s good! I am going to see how many more infusions I can get out of this last bit tho!

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