Golden Moon Tea

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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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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

Basically I’ve been living on Sinharaja. It provides me a warm, comforting cup of tea that says, “It’ll be ok. The words will come” as I work through NaNo. It’s not that I don’t want to drink other teas. It’s that this one is easy on the tongue and easy on the mind. I don’t have to worry about temperatures or time and that leaves my mind available for writing.

Jillian

Good luck on the NaNo. I’m not taking part but I’ve got a bunch of short writing (fanfiction, yay) projects for a LJ com that are due by the end of the month. So I’m keeping busy. ;)

Carolyn

Thanks for the good words. Good luck with your own writing.

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37
drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
419 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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I did not like this because I do not like jasmine.

TeaEqualsBliss

WOW! You sure are drinking a LOT of tea today…even more than me in an average day! LOL – and that’s a LOT! :P

Cofftea

I’ll take what’s left over!:)

silvermage2000

No everyone here me this i’s not all in one day I have just been updating months of different teas I have tried since feb. from my blog to here.

silvermage2000

I have not drank any tea today to follow the above post.

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50

A smokey green tea that I do not care for.

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81
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
260 tasting notes

This week has been killing me not-so-softly so I haven’t had time to get on here and do…anything. BUT, I just got a package from Carolyn today packed with tea and OF COURSE I had to make some straight away.

I let this sit for 4 minutes on the first steep, and even though it definitely didn’t make it strong enough for me, I know that I’m going to love this tea. Firstly, the coloring on this tea is absolutely gorgeous, but that’s definitely not all it has going for it. It smelled distinctly of honey, and what surprised me more was that it TASTED of honey. And beyond that I got caramel and a natural kind of sweetness. There’s a complexity to this tea, and it’s rich and smooth and positively, like the name implies, sinful. I drank this first cup pretty slowly, and I can say with some certainty that I like this a lot better on the hot/warm end of the spectrum than on the cooler side, but that’s par for the course for me with black teas.

I’ve got a resteep that I let go for 5 minutes that I’m waiting not-so-patiently to cool. I’m tremendously excited to continue playing around with this tea, and to see what else Carolyn decided to pack away for me. If this is any indication of what she decided to send, it’s probably not just my imagination that hears my bank account whimpering.

I have to get back to this pile of crap I have to finish, but either things are going to calm down soon and I can start catching up with reviews, or I am going to asplode. FUN! In the meantime, I’ve got some likely awesome teas to peruse. [Thanks Carolyn!!!] ACTUAL FUN!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

I’m so glad you like it. It is my favorite tea

LENA

yay, tea swaps are the best!

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81
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
2 tasting notes

Not bad!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

Oversteeped on purpose to get the strong kick-in-the-pants wake-up power. Today is the start of NaNo and I am definitely feeling as if I want to do nothing except make a blanket cave in my bed and hide in it. Sinharaja is always good, though. I feel marginally less like blanket-caving.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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88

I love this tea. It brews up into a sweetly scented pale copper colored liquor. It smells and tastes as if a few drops of a Midori had been added to the tea. It is a lovely, luxurious taste.

takgoti

Midori sours are my drink of choice. I drink them like they’re going out of style, and this tea sounds like something which which I could very well fall in love. Time to start queuing up for Golden Moon. I hope you know that I’m blaming you.

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

My giant half pound bag of Sinharaja arrived. When I saw it I feared I’d made a terrible mistake. What if I’d been overly optimistic about the tea? A few sips dispelled that. It is still smooth, sweet, and delicious. If aliens came and took every other tea, I could be content drinking nothing but this. Mmmm!

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82
drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

The sweet, hypnotic scent of roses rises from this very pretty tea decorated with rose petals. At a 3:30 minute steep it brews up black and produces a sweet rose-flavored brew. The taste is reminiscent of fine halavah made with rose water. The tea blends well with the rose flavor but its taste is not very prominent.

I bought a canister of this after trying the sample and I’m glad I did. However, it is not an everyday tea. It is something that demands quiet sipping time and space.
Jillian

Mmm I love halavah and this tea sounds delicious. :)

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

Good-bye pretty, delicious Sinharaja. I will miss you and wait with bated breath for the next delivery. All out for now. :(

takgoti

Scraping the bottom of the tin is always such a sad event.

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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

Sometimes one just needs a stern tea. Pu-Erh Chai is that for me. I like the strong black liquid, the spices and the salty, musky taste combined with the strong black tea. It helps me get up and do what must be done.

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75
TeaCast

Golden Moon is hit or miss for me, though I’ve only had a few kinds so who am I to judge!

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

I’m nearly at the end of the Sinharaja. I’ve ordered a much larger supply this time. It is so good!

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

This is my very favorite black tea. It is very difficult to over-steep and doesn’t get bitter and it is very low in tannins. It has lovely chocolate and carmel notes with a slight toastiness. It is definitely a comfort tea for me.

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75

Steeped for 4 minutes and had a lovely cup. Slightly floral and a little bit of natural sweetness. Great with breakfast.

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55

When I first tried this tea I thought I liked it and I ordered a canister of it. Since getting the canister I’ve found that I don’t like it as much as I thought. It may be that I am over-steeping it but it has a strange taste to me.

Typically I like green teas, white teas, yellow teas, and black teas but haven’t much cared for oolongs. On the other hand, I love Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tea, which is also an Oolong. So I’m not certain what is up with me.

Fortunately, I have more of the Sugar Caramel Oolong and can experiment with steep times and temperatures.

takgoti

For something that should be as theoretically simple as boiling [or near-boiling] some water and sticking some leaves in it for x number of minutes, getting certain teas right where you want them can be deceptively difficult. Nearly everyone who talks about making tea uses the phrase “making tea isn’t rocket science.” I think that maybe I even have. But on some days I’m like, “WHAT DO YOU KNOW? MAYBE IT IS! MAYBE IT IS EXACTLY LIKE ROCKET SCIENCE! And uh…please tell me it is because then I won’t feel like such an idiot.”

On a different note, Sugar Caramel Oolong sounds delightful. Let me know if you get it sorted out.

Carolyn

Probably not like rocket science. More like organic chemistry. ;)

I plan this weekend to spend some Oolong time with thermometers and timers. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

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84
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

Another nice afternoon snack of Honey Pear tea and home-made creamer. I feel decadent and well-loved. Is it deviant to find love in a tea cup?

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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

It was a very hard day and night yesterday and I’m still shaky. So I’m having the Pu-Erh Chai, which is a very serious tea that speaks to me of being grounded on Earth and not burning up in flames of anger or fear.

This is the first Pu-Erh I’ve had that I truly do like. Mixing it with black tea and chai spices was inspired, I think. The earthiness of the Pu-Erh, which has a muskiness in this blend, is sweetened by the tea and spices. The Pu-Erh taste that is so upsetting to my senses when I drink it plain is moderated. The chai spices which can sometimes overwhelm the tea are damped down as well. It is a happy blend that makes all the parts better.

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84
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite teas. The sweet honey pear flavor perks me up in the afternoon. The sweetness of the black tea, the slight undertone of honey and the lush fragrance of ripe pears make this a perfect substitute for naughty afternoon snacks. Come to think of it, the tea feels a bit naughty. Sometimes it’s nice being naughty, even when you’re only playing at naughtiness.

Mary

You make this one look soo good!

Carolyn

It is very good! Especially in the afternoon. I find it too sweet and cloying for a morning cup of tea. But in the afternoon when tempting pastries and chocolate bars start calling my name, this is perfect.

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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
223 tasting notes

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