Golden Moon Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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81

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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drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
6770 tasting notes

Rose. A Rose is a ROSE is a Rose…or is it? I can’t help but think of Teavana’s Rose Marzipan Delight that I fell in love with a few months ago and then found out it was discontinued. Some Rose Teas I have had seem really bitter so when I feel in love with Teavana’s it was because they had that little bit of candied goodness to off set the bitterness. Well, take out the Candied goodness and THIS is what you have. Not that THAT is a bad thing. This tea is actually quite good. It’s not bitter and the black tea and rose compliment each other very nicely. Thumbs up!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Pat

Ooh….rose tea…I may have to try some.

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85

It seems there was enough left for 1 and a half attempts left so I am over steeping the amount but not the length. After today’s steep this smells a lot like ‘green roughage’ as my mother used to say while talking about Spinach, Kale, and other dark leafy greens. Over the past year I have become quite fond of Coconut Pouchongs and this one is no exception.

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The first Coconut Pouchong I tried was from SerendipiTea and LOVED it. When I received this sample from Golden Moon in the mail today I was excited to try it. I am just finishing the steeping process as I type this. Dry leaves smelled nearly identical to those of the other brand I tried…almost pastry or cookie like. Very nice. However, as this steeps it loses a lot of that scent. It changes to a green tea with a hint of coconut scent. First sip was a great enjoyment. 2nd sip…just as pleasant. The scent and taste together remind me of just-rubbed-on Coconut Suntan Lotion smell. It’s very light in color…next to no color, really. The taste is very even and smooth and brothy. It’s not overly coconut and not overly green tea to taste…everything just seems right together!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
kat

Sounds awesome to me!

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81

Finishing up a cup of this. I still have a LOT of it so I will donate to BOX B since it was lost.

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81

Backlogging several cups…found a bunch in my stash. Worked well on these crazy-busy mornings. See previous notes :)

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81

I found this tin hiding in a random desk drawer…hum…it was my first and 2nd cuppa the day! See previous notes…I’m upping rating slightly…A nice pick-me-up!

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81

Infusions 3 and 4 success but now I am in the mood for something different…so I will move on…

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81

2nd infusion…great cuppa! :)

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I probably could have had 2 attempts understeeped/loose leaf amount but I made it stronger today to finish the sample. So…it’s REALLY strong. Will do multiple infusions to test to day and report back.

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81

I received this as a free sample from Golden Moon today. This is the first tea of theirs I have ever tried. It has a wonderful aroma as you open the envelop. Different than other Earl Grey I have had from other companies. I really believe it’s the Lavender addition. It’s a nice touch and calms down the bergamot. The coloring of the steeped tea is lighter in color than other Earl Greys I have tried. I like the fact that it’s a little different than other brands since Earl Grey has been done by just about everyone and their brother…so for that…I will give it a thumbs up. I will be drinking again…

takgoti

Nice! Did you get anything else from them? Carolyn swapped me a few of the ones she has and I’ve been impressed so far.

TeaEqualsBliss

YES!!! I did!!! I will be reviewing at least 1 more today…more on Monday…

takgoti

Most excellent.

TeaEqualsBliss

Just posted one…I should have time for another before I leave…lol…

Jillian

Oooh, how did you get the free samples?

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
421 tasting notes
Cofftea

Why are you drinking all these teas you don’t like?

silvermage2000

Well I am still having problems with the score settings thing. And well I got them from a buddy.

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50

A smokey green tea that I do not care for.

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50

Brewed 3 min. 1 Tsp raw sugar. Hot.
It’s malty… But I wouldn’t categorize this as strong. The other Irish Blends I’ve had have made me not want to finish the cup because of their strength. So this one seem light, sweet and pleasant to me.
It is a very nice tea but this isn’t what I thought I’d be getting because I didn’t want to put the cup down.
Perhaps if you use the maximum steep time the strength will develop.
It is complex though. The fruit flavors come out in a very nice way.

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