Golden Moon Tea

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I had a feeling that I wanted straight, unadulterated tea this morning. So I rooted through the glorious Golden Moon sampler and came out with this French Breakfast. From what the packaging says, it’s an estate Ceylon, which I found quite interesting. I like Ceylon, but I usually think it’s better suited for blending instead of as a stand-alone.

The dry leaves smell like… black tea. That earthy aroma that just screams “default!” to me. They’re fairly small and wiry, so if you’re expecting a show in your teapot, don’t put this one in. This one brews up to be a very pretty red/copper color, quite typical of the Ceylon varietal but still very yummy looking. I can detect a slight sweetness in the smell, but other than that, it smells like… Ceylon. As do the wet leaves.

I have a fairly difficult time describing Ceylon. The word I usually use is “smooth.” I think if you want to start someone out on black teas and don’t know where to begin, Ceylon would be an excellent choice. It’s familiar, in that it tastes like a WAY higher quality Lipton (and I’m pretty sure their normal teabags are Ceylon dust/fannings). It’s pretty much a baseline tea. As a result, I’m never completely blown away by it – it’s not surprising, but it is comfortingly familiar. Like that old sweater you don’t wear as often, but still keep around just because on cold winter days it feels good to snuggle down with.

I actually found that when I stopped sipping the tea and went off to do something else, the flavor actually subtly expanded to include that elusive honey-like note Golden Moon describes in their tasting notes. It’s a sweetness that doesn’t usually come out particularly strong in black teas, so that was a welcome surprise.

Something like this French Breakfast would be a great daily drinker. While I definitely prefer something with a bit more complexity and oomph to it, this one is smooth and entirely sippable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

“That earthy aroma that just screams “default!” to me”
That cracked me up.

Cofftea

Makes me want a crepe.:)

sophistre

This almost perfectly describes my last few days. I’ve needed black tea to get by, but with most of my current black teas being rather standard fare, there are only so many ways I can describe similar flavors with different variations in strength for each note!

Rex Barrett

I like smooth and sippable, but have been in the mood for complex and dark lately. Maybe it’s the unusually cold weather we’re having. :)

Ricky

Haha, see! It was a very standard cup of tea. Nothing compares to GM’s English Breakfast for complexity. I mean a mixture of four different kinds of tea!?!

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77
drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Ricky, did you steep this too long? Most people steep Darjeelings to around the 2-3 minute mark, from what I’ve read… and the package says 2-4 minutes. They’re a really delicate type of black.

Just want to make sure that your tea tastes awesome!

Ricky

Nope cause I thought that it didn’t have enough flavor. Steeping longer should bring out the flavor. It wasn’t bitter or anything, it just lacked flavor. It was very delicate, a bit too delicate. It’s okay, it’s still a very good darjeeling compared to the other ones I’ve drank. Like the bagged ones I carry around, arghh.

teaplz

Okay! Just wanted to make sure, hehe, because I’ve definitely oversteeped stuff sometimes. :(

Reading other people’s comments, they seem to think it’s a delicate Darjeeling too! I haven’t tried it yet, but we’ll see what happens!

Ricky

I’ve been over steeping a lot of my tea lately. I keep getting distracted or caught up in my work. I thought you liked bold teas? It’s not as light as organic green, but it’s pretty light.

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88

This caught my eye yesterday but I made the coconut pouchong instead. Today, it is this one’s turn.

More leaf in this sample so I’m making a big cup tonight. Yay! The dry leaf smells nice. Almost candy-like but not quite like a caramel chew. It brews up to a pretty dark golden liquid with a smell that reminds me of a more roasted oolong – almost a sweet cigar smell – but with heavy caramel overtones. It’s more of a rich, decadent caramel syrup that you’d put in coffee smell instead of a caramel candy smell. I imagine that comes from the burnt sugar part of the flavoring.

The taste is rich yet mild. I can’t taste a lot of oolong, however the caramel taste is such that it doesn’t taste like I’m drinking a flavored tea but more like a scented tea. (Now I’m picturing tea leaves spread out with little caramel candy buds being set on them in preparation for their opening to flavor the tea before they are switched out for more. And more. Anyone know where I can get a caramel plant?) No chemical or fake flavoring taste to be found. This is another well-flavored tea – I’m impressed!

The caramel taste is strongest on the front end, when I can smell it, too, though the smell seems more burnt/caramelized sugar. Then the tastes morphs seamlessly into a sweet dark oolong flavor of floral cigar (though no smoky hints at all – there’s just a similar sweetness) and then the finish that coats my mouth after I swallow is more of the sugar but with caramel tones. Almost like about five minutes ago I finished a dessert that had a caramel whipped cream topping.

I like the coconut pouchong best between these two, but this is still a very good tea. Darker and sweeter in taste than the coconut. But just as good of a pairing of flavoring + tea. If GM’s plain teas are as good as these two flavored have been, I’m going to be a big fan.

ETA: The second steep has lost a lot of the overt caramel/burnt sugar flavoring. Or else that was because of the spicy peanut sauce I just had. But even though the smell and taste aren’t as obvious this time around, it’s still got a great dark sweetness to it and a soft burnt sugar smell.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaplz

Wait till you try the English Breakfast! It’s the best one I’ve had. :) I’ve really liked everything plain in the sampler that I’ve tried. The white tea was phenomenal, but I found the Organic Green to be a bit weak. Everything has been pretty awesome.

The flavors and the tea blend so well together. That’s what I love about them. You can taste both flavors separately, but you can also taste the new flavor and blend that they create. I AM SO SPOILED.

Auggy

I was actually eying their French Breakfast yesterday! Okay, okay, I was pretty much eying ALL of it yesterday. I don’t know why but I’m turning into a sucker for any sort of non-English or Irish breakfast blend. (Okay, and I’m a bit of a sucker for those, too).

Bethany

Had my one on this one for awhile. I’m beginning to think I should just suck it up and order the GM sampler.

Auggy

DO IT! I’ve only tried two but I’m happy I got it!

sophistre

Seriously! I have yet to read one bad review…

teaplz

Bethany and sophristre, doooo itttt. :) “teareviewblog” coupon code got me free shipping. Don’t know if it works, but it’s worth a shot!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

GMT is quickly moving up my list of tea companies to try soon!

Jillian

Damnit guys, stop bragging about your GM samplers! You’re making me jealous and I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more tea until after X-mas! :P

Janni

It’s now on ye olde shopping list. But with more reviews like this, it’s going to be shooting up the charts with a bullet. :9

kat

Man, I gotta opt in here for checking out this tea – never had GM before but thats gonna change here soon!! :)

Ricky

Companies should learn from GM and start offering samplers of their tea selection. ORDER IT! It’s totally worth it.

teaplz

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I agree with Ricky – I’ve been able to sample so many different teas and expand my tea knowledge. Since all the samples are 1-2 cups, it’s not a huge amount of tea in your house, but it is the ENTIRE GM catalog. All 31 varieties. I don’t know of any other company that has made a sample package with every single one of their teas. It’s actually remarkable.

I mean, obviously you’re going to like some more than others, but they’re an extremely solid company, and the sampler is just FUN.

LENA

Oh man, this one sounds good. I was planning to wait until AFTER Christmas to buy more teas too. I’ll just bookmark GM.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I made a physical list of tea companies I want to try just so I could put the GMT sampler near the top. It might well be my next order next year after I drink through some of my tea.

takgoti

I CANNOT GET THIS UNTIL THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER. I CANNOT GET THIS UNTIL THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER. I CANNOT GET THIS UNTIL THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER.

Yes, that’s me, shivering in the corner in the fetal position with my hands over my ears. LEAVE ME ALONE, WILL YOU?

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56
drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
197 tasting notes

Not the greatest, a bit astringent, nice floral and fruity taste, just nothing special

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

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74

Alovely tea that smells like sandalwood, tastes like honey and flowers, without being sweet, [hooray] or flowery and has a nice lingering taste. A definite keeper

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

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79

This tea and I are becoming such good friends it is on the border of being ridiculous.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I say, the best kind of tea is the ridiculous kind!

jennlea

Absolutely!

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79

Yep. That’s right. I drank this again. Sometimes, I find a tea I can’t stop drinking and don’t want to stop drinking. So there!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Yeah! Stick it to ’em! Us? Stick it to someone!

jennlea

I’m really not sure what got into me! This tea must do odd things to my personality.

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79

I can’t seem to stop drinking this and I am getting worried. I am not supposed to like Earl Grey!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This is a great blend even if you aren’t an Earl Grey Lover…I agree!

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79

It is cold in my classroom. Is working heat too much to ask for?!

I have this on my tea table next to me and have been drinking it all morning trying to warm up. This is the 1st Earl Grey I have liked so I can’t really compare it to any others. I will say that the addition of lavender seems to really balance out the overpowering nature of the bergamont and perhaps that is why I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Micah

Ooh! Earl Grey with lavender. Sounds nice. The last Earl Grey I had was a raspberry Earl Grey and it was great but it’s gone. So maybe I’ll have to order some of this.

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81
drank White Licorice by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Whoo! The goal is to finish off some teaness, and I figured I’d start with tea that I wasn’t too hot on, but was still nice and somewhat non-caffeinated for bedtime. And also, to finish off bits of samples that I have lying around, when I have more tea coming in. The vicious cycle continues…

Anyway, this one today was a lot lighter than I remember it. Maybe it’s because I had not enough leaf this time around? In any case, the licorice is really soft and gasp inviting, even though I don’t particularly care for its brand of flavor. The white tea here adds a nice sweetness and backdrop to the entire thing. It’s almost sort of like a caffeinated lullaby.

I can’t see myself ordering this one again, just because I’m not the biggest fan of licorice. But people who love fennel/anise/licorice root would definitely be able to get on board with this Golden Moon offering. It’s refreshingly sweet and flavorful, while having a very authentic star anise flavor.

Pretty cool indeed.

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

So strange. I find myself thinking about this tea sometimes. Not enough to buy it, especially with cupboard space at a premium, but because it was memorable and different and unusual.

teaplz

Yeah, I think I’ll feel the same way now that it’s out of my life. It’s a good unusual, which is hard to find.

Ricky

Well that’s what the one dollar samplers are for =]

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81
drank White Licorice by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Oh my god Golden Moon, I think I’m in love with you.

Honestly, I popped this one open because I figured I’d HATE it. But I really, really wanted another cup of tea, and I wanted something white. I really, really dislike the taste of licorice. But anise is mildly better (they do taste different!). Still, I smelled the tea and shook my head. There it was. The scent.

I probably used about a teaspoon and a half of this stuff, and there’s about that much left in the little sample. These leaves pretty much look like… leaves. There are brown stems and green buds and it’s all very pretty, if not a bit rustic.

The resulting jus de tea was very pale in color, a pretty beige. I took a hesitant sniff. More anise. And then I braced myself, grimacing, and took the first sip.

Oh. My God. This actually tastes good. No, it tastes delicious! I’m actually pleasantly surprised. No, rather, I’m really shocked. The anise lends a very delicate flavor to the white tea, but doesn’t overwhelm it in the slightest. In fact, it almost tastes “scented,” which I know makes absolutely no sense, but it does to me! There’s the absolutely WONDERFUL sweet-nectar-white taste that envelops your mouth, and the anise almost makes the blend soft and warm. The tastes linger on your tongue in perfect harmony and complexity.

I don’t really know much about tea, but from what I’ve tasted so far, Golden Moon really knows how to blend their stuff. You can taste the individual components, yet at the same time, they meld together to create a unique and wonderful sensory experience. I’m just amazed. I would definitely have this again, no questions asked!

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

It’s at the bottom of my basket, along with any remaining chai =P

Cofftea

If I win the contest, I’ll gladly give you this;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I too like anise but am not too fond of licorice.

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88
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 21
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I’ve been so busy today I haven’t had much time to do much of anything. Yet I hit a lull about 6:30pm and was able to squeeze in a last cup of this tea. I love coconut and I love pouchong so these two together are made of win. It’s so creamy and comforting. A perfect tea for the crazy day. Kind of sad that it is gone. I’m sure I’ll eventually pick up more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

As a reward for going though many teas today, I’m having another one!

Well, at least I hope it is a reward since I’ve never had a coconut pouchong and don’t have the best luck with flavored oolongs (unless it is jasmine). But it smells like toasted coconut, not like raw coconut, so I know we are going in the right direction.

Small sampler so I am doing a small cup. And I’m sniffing the bag as I’m waiting for the tea to brew. Coconut – creamy, rich, toasted coconut. I hope I’ll like this but honestly, not expecting to.

Oooh, now that it is all brewed up, I smell the pouchong. It almost seems stronger than the coconut and surprisingly the coconut matches really well with the sweet scent of the pouchong. I love pouchong. I need to order some. I have none. :( (Wait, I have some in my Steepster cabinet – maybe I still have a little in my pantry… I thought I was out but if I do have some, happy days!)

Oh wow. That’s good. Just like the scent, the coconut doesn’t overpower the pouchong but rather they blend wonderfully together. It’s sweet but not sugary. The coconut is soft but distinctly coconut. And the pouchong is there and yummy in the way that pouchong always seems to be for me. The flavors mesh so well that it doesn’t seem like a flavored oolong – it seems like an oolong with strong coconut notes. The coconut is the first thing I taste (and smell) but it blends seamlessly into the pouchong and then I get a pouchong taste at the end, but then the flavor left in my mouth is mostly coconut but with a hint of green buttery pouchong.

It doesn’t make me want to chew the tea like some straight pouchongs do, but it’s really quite lovely. Big fan.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I’m saving this one for last, I was so tempted today! Must continue my Sencha journey.

Auggy

What can I say? I just gotta dive right in!

Carolyn

I’m so glad you guys like the Golden Moon teas. I adore them.

teaplz

Golden Moon is pretty much amazing. It has me liking licorice! LICORICE. I hate licorice! Review forthcoming!

Ricky

Yack, licorice! I have two cups of tea in front of me (pu-erh and sencha).

teaplz

Ricky, are they both GM? The White Licorice is technically star anise, which isn’t really the same thing, but… yeah. Extremely similar flavor profiles. I hate pure licorice much more, though.

Ricky

Sencha is GM, Pu-erh is Rishi. I’ll post a log soon… if I can keep my eyes open. For all the caffeine I’m drinking, it’s not working. Now if someone told me I won the sorapot, I think I’d be wide awake =P Is it Friday yet?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

lol @ Ricky’s post. Ya’ll are giving me so many tea companies I want to try! I’m not normally a fan of tropical/coconut flavors but this one sounds yum.

Ricky

GM’s sampler is only $20 for 31 samples, each sampler gives you one-two cups. Totally worth it! s topped off with a ribbon o.O

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh wow! I’m noting that tidbit for later use. I need to drink some more of what I have before I can order more. I think I’m going to go wild in 2010 ordering samplers since I’ve found out more about places to order tea online. Thanks Steepster!

teaplz

Yep, chrine! It’s the entirety of GM’s catalog! When I ordered, the coupon code “teareviewblog” gave me free shipping, although I don’t know if it’s in effect anymore. I pretty much bullied everyone into buying it, which is why everyone is trying to pressure me into getting EVERYTHING ELSE. But the sampler was really worth it, because I really haven’t found a bad one in the bunch.

takgoti

Hot damn! 91?! That’s high praise.

Auggy

Hey! I have 19 whole teas that I’ve rated a 90 or above! …out of 185… But still!

I’ve actually been thinking about this tea some lately. Mostly because it reminded me how much I s probably one of my favorite types of tea. So this tea has reminded me I should never be without pouchong again!

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78
drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I just love seeing all these GM sampler reviews. Not sure why, but I think it’s just because between you and teaplz it’s like watching a puppy discover snow for the first time.

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54

Taken Plain.
Usually Golden Moon never ever misses with me. I can open up anything they send and adore it absolutely. Not this one. It is a very nice scented green but I have had better. I’ve had a TON worse and this is in no way a bad tea… but Ive had better. I’m just disappointed that this isn’t as good as the vast majority of their other teas.

What I was looking for was a deep toasted green base to add depth paired with the bright floral notes extending down into the base to pull it up into the light. The green tea feels like it is living up to my expectations but the jasmine seems to be the part falling short. It seems almost two dimensional and weak next to the base. Not weak as if you couldn’t taste it but weak like brittle. It does not have depth into the lower notes of jasmine flavor that would add richness to the blend and a more full mouth feel.

It’s ok. It is what they promise but I know that they can do better because they usually do. If you are looking for a light, pleasant and unoffensive Jasmine blend definitely give this one a shot. If you are like me and you want to be dazzled by new, bold and exciting flavors you might think this one is too calm.

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

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76

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
teaplz

Yeah, this one is incredibly light. I just found it a tad disappointing because it was as light as a white tea without the delicious sweetness associated with it.

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60
drank Tippy Earl Grey by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Dear the Earl of Grey,

We have such a complicated relationship, and it’s really beginning to make my head spin. I’m not sure if we should break it off or not. I keep coming back for more, but instead of embracing me in your earl-y arms, you just forsake me, and leave me weeping, begging for a cup of something else.

I had faith that today you would be a bit less moody than normal. After all, Golden Moon blends you with the the tips of black tea, and lavender. I figured you’d be complex and mysterious and intriguing. That your bergamot would blend with your black and that for once, everything would be copacetic.

So, with slight anticipation (because I’ve been let down by you so many times before), I steeped a cup. Your leaves this time were quite gorgeous, with lovely golds and browns and greens. And you smelled absolutely delicious this morning – more on the floral side of bergamot than the citrus side.

The infusion today was red and copper, a beautiful color. And the smell coming from the steeped cup was more black tea toasty-ness than actual bergamot. Could it be? Were you ready to embrace me with open arms?

Mr. Grey, I have to say, you were quite tolerable today. But still heavily disappointing, just because I was expecting you to be that much better. I think the lavender smoothed out your rough edges, and took a bite out of your bergamot sharpness. Although I couldn’t taste the lavender component of the tea, there was a soothing feeling about you today. Your black base was definitely more delicious than usual, and a bit more complex than normal. But then your bergamot flavors had to invade and ruin the party. Granted, you weren’t as bitter or abrasive today. You were almost soothing. But there’s still something off between us.

Maybe we’re just not meant to be together. Yet I’m still attracted to your tweed and monocle. I just can’t help myself. Maybe our next date will be better.

xoxo,
teaplz

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Certainly by now you should have realized, Mister Grey’s personality just doesn’t match yours ;) j/k I’m sure you’ll find the right Mister Grey…… some day.

Auggy

I’ve seen some place that had about 4 different EGs – straight EGs, not Lady Greys or other adaptations. But all of them were different because they used a different tea base. One did Keemun, one Yunnan, one maybe Assam and one was a blend? Something like that (the Keemun and Yunnan were the only ones that stuck in my mind, well, that and the high number of normal EGs they had). Anyway, I seriously want to try ones that I know have different bases to see how they compare. I’m sure I bookmarked the teas but, alas, they have been lost in my HUNDREDS of tea bookmarks. One day I will find them again and perhaps we can have and EG tasting party!

Auggy

PS – I totally pictured you on the cover of a bodice-ripper-esque romance while reading this.

teaplz

TWG has a bunch, I believe!
Breakfast Earl Grey
Earl Grey Fortune
Smoky Earl Grey
Earl Grey Gentleman
English Earl Grey
French Earl Grey
Earl Grey Theine Free
Earl Grey Buddha
Earl Grey d’Amour

Don’t ask me what they even mean, but D+D right near me has the Gentleman blend.

Auggy

OMG. Want to try them all!!!

sophistre

I’ve always loved Earl Grey…with milk and a tiny bit of sweet…and now that I’m spending a lot more of my time thinking about my tea, I wonder if that love affair will continue, or turn to brass in comparison to what my tongue learns is out there. Sad! This review was great though. :D

takgoti

I’m sorry, but I have to agree with Auggy on the bodice ripper comment. Consequently, when you got to “bergamot sharpness” I almost choked on a laugh. Go ahead and stroke his tweed, dear, just don’t let him get at you with his…pipe.

Errrg, sorry. I have been reading so many logs and it is getting late.

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77
drank French Breakfast by Golden Moon Tea
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Is there any actual honey in this one, or is it just a tasting note?

Ricky

Well the description said there was a honey flavor to this tea.

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83
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

This was my first flavored tea and very little has compared. I love the Golden Moon selections.

teaplz

Yay! Glad you’re getting the most out of the Golden Moon sampler, Ricky! This tea sounds awesome on so many levels. I LOVE the taste of pear!

Ricky

GM’s sampler was a bad idea…. cause now I’ll want to buy a large tin of the ones I really liked. It’s interesting none of Adagio’s tea really pulled me in, but GM’s tea does. I guess there really is a difference in the quality of the leaves.

LENA

I finally waved goodbye to Adagio too! I have a few that I might continue to buy, but I think I’ve moved on.

Ricky

Haha, yayy! But I have to use up my gift points! Ahhhhh! That means more spending!

takgoti

This is one of the many Golden Moon teas I have been eyeing. Between this and the ones that Carolyn sent me, I think I’ve got a solid GM order queued up. Though, I’ll probably end up getting the sampler anyway because I’m pedantic.

Jillian

@Takgoti: Yes, I’m planning to get GM’s sampler in the new year (I’ve spent enough money this year). It’s such a neat idea, letting you try out their selection without having to commit to buying huge quantities.

@Ricky: Hey if you don’t want your Adagio points I can always take them off of your hands! ;p

Ricky

I wish more companies would do the sampler. I’ve been browsing around and I don’t believe any other store offers something like that. Do companies really expect us to randomly browse and purchase what catches our eyes? I mean some of these online tea stores don’t offer the best browsing experience.

Haha, can we transfer points :D, trade ya some for some tea samplers. I think I got over 100 points saved up. I’m just waiting for a free shipping promotion =D

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84

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

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84

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

I love the fact that this one just tastes so complex on so many levels. It’s just the best of blacks. :D

Ricky

I know! It’s crazy! I have to try Irish again sometime seeing as I ruined it with my milk last time.

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89
drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

I can’t even begin to describe how delicious this tea smells.

This is my first experience with jasmine tea, and I was definitely not disappointed in any way. I opened Golden Moon’s little sample packet, and out wafted that most mesmerizing smell. A perfume that was wonderfully fruity and floral. I’d never smelled anything like it.

I’m not the resident expert on aromatherapy and lotions and the like. As a result, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from jasmine. Before today, if you asked me to identify jasmine, I wouldn’t have been able to. Now, it’s a scent that is so sharply ingrained in my thoughts and nose that I can recall it instantly from memory. I thought to myself, if this tastes as good as it smells, we have a winner.

The leaves unfurled delicately, and the resulting liquid was yellow, but rich-colored. The scent coming from the hot cup was amazing – a bit more floral than the dry leaves, but rich and fruity.

On first taste it was a bit difficult to grasp any of the distinct flavors, but as the cup cooled slightly I was in heaven. Seriously. The jasmine flavor is strong and wonderful and complements the taste of the green tea perfectly. It’s juicy and buttery and floral, fruity like ripe pears or something along those lines. The flavors all mingle together nicely on the green tea sweetness. It’s difficult to pick the jasmine apart from the green, since they’re blended so well together. Each complements the other so well!

If you hate jasmine, I wouldn’t recommend this. It’s really very jasmine-y. But if you love it, this tea is probably perfect for you. Golden Moon says that it would taste good iced, and while I won’t try it like that (I’m not a fan of iced tea), I can see why they’d suggest it. I’m so happy that my sampler was overstuffed with jasmine tea, and that I definitely have enough for another cup of this beauty.

I’m going to attempt to resteep this, but I’ll probably just include the notes here. The leaves still have retained their jasmine scent, and they haven’t completely unfurled, so we’ll see what happens.

EDIT: So I resteeped this baby for four minutes, and it brewed up to identically the same color. The smell this time had lost some of its fruitiness and become more of a straight floral scent. The taste… was okay. It’s probably one of the better resteeps I’ve tried in a while, but the evil-green-vegetal-second-steep taste started to drown out the delicate jasmine flavor and sweetness. I also found that I really didn’t want another cup of jasmine. I can see this not as an everyday sort of flavor, but as a special occasion or less-often tea experience.

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

I love jasmine too, check out Adagio’s Jasmine #12 and jasmine silver needle. Both are wonderful but I prefer Jasmine #12 just based on the fact that it’s prettier to watch steep:)

teaplz

Thanks for the recs!

Updated to reflect the second steepage.

takgoti

Jasmine teas seem to be one that typically don’t hold up well to re-steeps for me. I think that they need to sit much longer, and I am simply not patient enough to wait for them. Consequently, they come out noticeably weaker for me. I can see them becoming vegetal, too. Can’t say I’ve experimented much with it. But I’m glad your first jasmine experience was a nice one!

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94
drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Remind me never to steep this three times ever again.

Surprisingly enough, this third steep had a darker liquid than the past two, but the veggie-like smell was in full effect. And it wasn’t in a good way. This was like spinach crossed with wet leaves. The smell emanating from the cup was much of the same. I was also getting a lot of sediment at the bottom of my cup after the pour, which was pretty bizarre.

Anyway, the flavor was completely divorced from anything before it. The sweetness was still there, but very mild… and the flavor was like wet leaf water. I’m pretty sure I could get a similar flavor by going outside and collecting the rain-sodden leaves from the dirt. Earthy in a very unpleasant way (and I love earthy things!).

This white was pretty much done after the first steep, flavor-wise. All of the beauty of its delicacy and fragility was lost the more times I dumped hot water on the leaves. Not a pleasant experience. But since my first cup was absolutely gorgeous, my rating’s going to stay as is!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Every once in a while I get a tea who’s liquor and/or taste is darker than the 1st infusion. I think it’s because of the tea/water/1st steep time/steep time increase ratio.

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94
drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
187 tasting notes

Steep #2 coming your way!

I figured out how I’m going to organize my logs. The first time that I try a tea and resteep it, each steep will have multiple logs so I can correctly work out how I felt about each steep. Every time after that, though, the resteeps will appear in the same log as the initial steep.

My ratings will always be based on first steep alone. Resteeps that are good are merely extras, add-ons, little gifts my tea is giving to me if they’re good.

Now that that’s out of the way, I found that I was a little disappointed with this second steep. I guess I need to get used to the fact that the tea’s flavors will change and mutate through the multiple steepings. I definitely think that the first cup was a real treat, and while this cup isn’t amazing, it definitely isn’t bad either.

The liquid was around the same color as the first time around, and the smell this time was a bit more… earthy? And floral. The butter component was nowhere to be found, and the wet leaves smelled more vegetal this time.

The initial taste surprised me once again, and the word that popped into my head to describe this one was “reedy.” This steep definitely has an earthier component, something that I wouldn’t call leafy but rather “woodsy.” Some of the flavor notes are even a bit tart and citrus-y, which I found to be pretty bizarre. The sweetness here was only a lingering afternote, not really pronounced and fading much more quickly than the first cup.

Since that delicious nectar-like flavor was pretty much an afterthought in the taste of this cup, and since that’s what I enjoyed the first time around, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first. I’m going to go for a third steep anyway, and see if the flavor profile is more to my liking the next time around.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Bethany

If you’ve decided you love whites (they really are so unique and tasty), you definitely need to try a Silver Needle tea. They’re expensive, but Adagio’s is pretty reasonably priced. I don’t drink a lot of white tea but Silver Needle is one of my favorite treats. It’s so sweet and delicate and buttery.

teaplz

Mmm, thanks for the recommendation, Bethany!

Cofftea

Silver needle is my 2nd favorite. Jasmine silver needle is my number 1. That pushes cucumber down to 3rd. Unless it’s cold. Then it pushes silver needle down to 3.

Bethany

I have a sample of the Jasmine Silver Needle sitting on my counter.. maybe tonight’s the night for that. I just hate making Silver Needle on a regular boring night – it definitely is more of a tea for a special time!

Cofftea

@Bethany, but maybe drinking a special tea will make you not bored;)

Cofftea

Seven Cups has a Silver Needle yellow tea.

Ricky

Woah, this one just became your new favorite! Agreed, silver needle is amazing. Maybe I’ll share some with you if I ever decide to purchase some from Rishi =P

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