Golden Moon Tea

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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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100
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
224 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
224 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

Drinking this with breakfast that was thankfully provided for us this morning. I rarely eat breakfast because the option of sleeping 10 extra minutes is more appealing. Of course those 10 minutes can often turn to 30, but that is a story for another day.

Back to the tea, it goes wonderfully with food. Doesn’t take away from food but doesn’t disappear either. Just a great compliment to a meal. May just have this with lunch too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

This was a good choice to start my morning with. Smooth taste with a hint of sweetness that eased me into my day instead of pushing me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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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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84
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
224 tasting notes

I felt like something sweet this morning, which I typically don’t in the morning. But today my desires drove me to Honey Pear tea, which is one of the sweetest teas I have. The delightfully sweet smell of succulent ripe pears rises from the cup and fills the room with sweetness. The honey smell and taste is somewhat overwhelmed by the pear taste, but notes are there. The black tea at the base is a good non-bitter, non-astringent black. Nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Suzi

Does this pear lean toward tartness or sweetness?

Carolyn

Sweetness. Very heavy on the sweetness.

takgoti

When I get around to putting an order through with Golden Moon [I 100% blame you, by the way] I’m so getting some of this.

Carolyn

They have really good quality tea, I think. I gave my mother a Tea of the Month Club from them, which she has really liked. She enjoys trying the tea and she gives away the ones she doesn’t like as much or keeps them for guests. Each month she thanks me again (which is somewhat embarrassing) so I think it is one of my more successful gifts.

brianfuchs

Way to whet my appetite! I’m going to have to get some of this. Sounds wonderful. I’d rather have overpowering pear than just the suggestion of pear.

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84
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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84
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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81
drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
224 tasting notes

A nice, spicy, stomach and nerve soothing brew. I enjoyed my sample of this so much that I ordered a cannister of it and I’ve been very pleased with it. It is especially good today following the Pu-Erh tea from earlier. I think it makes a great pre-yoga sip.

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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
224 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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80
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
224 tasting notes

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

I love this tea. It is dark, almost black in my cup, like coffee. The chai spices are not overpowering and the combination of the earthiness of Pu-erh and the sweet black tea blends perfectly. It has a sweet, salty, slightly smoky taste. On second steeping a slight smokiness intrudes.

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75

Brewed 3min. No additives. Hot.
Strong mint flavor with any hint of green pushed to the back. Perfect for mint lover who want a little bit of a health kick

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80

Brewed 3 min. 1Tsp raw sugar. Hot.
This is my favorite vanilla tea. Golden Moon has stuck a very nice balance between the tea and the vanilla.
They did this by using a tea that can be called a weaker tasting black tea to allow the vanilla to come out in more prominence than in most other vanilla teas.
Which is awesome for me since I don’t really like black teas that hit you over the head with flavor anyway. There is no tannic bitterness or astringency.
Just a delightful, light vanilla tea.

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85

Brewed 5 min. No additives. Hot.
This is a very dark fermented oolong. The flavor comes very close to being a light black tea but it still holds on to the roundness of an oolong without the tannin taste.
I have gotten 4 good infusions per tsp.
It has a good, woody sweetness.

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50

Brewed 3 min. No additives. Hot
If you like “normal” black tea you’ll like this. It has all of the characteristics of tea that I avoid… including that weird tannin feeling in the back of my mouth, and that strange after taste that I have been told is the sign of a “good” black tea.
So it’s probably very good…. even though I don’t like it. K-Thnks

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73

Brewed 2 min. No additives. Hot
Very smooth. Minimally vegital. With a sweet finish.
Each additional brew becomes more smooth and sweet.
Good for 3 infusions with good flavor retention.

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70

Brewed 4 min. 1 Tsp raw sugar. Hot.
I was afraid to try this tea. Usually when my friends say “try this black tea” I start making faces and trying to weasel my way out of having to drink it. I don’t like teas that make your face pucker up with tannins and bitterness. I don’t like that weird malt sensation in my mouth. And I really don’t like teas that call themselves smooth and sweet and then leave the acrid water after taste.
This tea is none of any of that. The first cup is a little toasty for me however, tolerable… But if you re-brew this tea it seems that the second cup might be the sweetest, mellowest tea with an after taste that lingers and doesn’t turn sour.
Second brew is totally awesome.
First brew is perfectly fine for a black tea.

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