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Goldfish Tea

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This tea was a complete surprise to me. I ordered it along with a pu-erh to try on a whim. (I had had a terrible experience with another pu-erh.) Yep, two teas at once.

I’d estimate that the steep time was about 3 minutes 30 seconds… about as long as it took me to pay, collect my bags (yes, plural) and walk around the block to my car.

The tea smelled amazingly yummy. I didn’t get to smell the dry tea and didn’t think to ask. I was so in awe of this new tea house. (New to me, that is.) There was absolutely no bitterness to the tea. It had a very full taste to it. Yes, it did have some floral tones to it, but it did not overtake the strong oolong base.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Ok now this has confused me for awhile… why are the Steepster tea ratings different than those doled out by reviewers?? Even on those I add to the database myself, Steepster gives the tea a different score than I do!!
I’m glad you had a better Osmanthus experience this time :)

Angrboda

It’s because it’s not a plain average. They use a different statistical model, the name of which I can’t currently remember. The purpose of it is that if four out of five people really like a tea and give it between say 75 and 80 points and the last of the four really hate it and gave it only 5 points, the calculated site rating wouldn’t be completely thrown by the one person who disliked it.

Indigobloom

aha, I suppose that makes sense… it’s more of a median than an average. It seems less arbitrary now that I know :)

QuiltGuppy

I remember reading a thread on the way the teas are scored, too. A lot of people were confused about how it’s actually calculated and why you can score a tea, but not write a note, and then the scoring doesn’t post. It was interesting.

The osmanthus was really good this time! I need to get more and if you’re interested, I can send you some to try.

Indigobloom

There has to be a better code that they could use…this one is just confusing and inaccurate.
ohhhh I couldn’t trouble you for that! Osmanthus is tempting though :)

QuiltGuppy

Well, I am going to get more anyway…

Indigobloom

hmmm, maybe I can send you some Coconut Oolong in return, if you’re interested :)

QuiltGuppy

It’s a deal. :)

Indigobloom

yay! does the package you sent me have a return addy?

QuiltGuppy

Yes, and I’m hoping it reaches you soon.

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What a curious tea! I’m new to Mao Feng, so maybe I’m doing something wrong, but this tea seems very weak in that I need to steep a lot of leaves for a long time to get any sort of flavor, and even then the liquid is an almost imperceptibly pale golden color. Does anybody else have this issue?

I’ve found that when it’s finally done steeping, though, I’m really fond of this tea. It has a gentle aroma and taste, without the edgy bitterness of some greens. After swallowing, its taste seems to “expand” through my entire mouth with a rush of mellow sweetness. Very pleasant =).

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Yunnan Gold by Goldfish Tea
181 tasting notes

I think the bag I bought might’ve been contaminated. This smells and tastes like ginseng, and is a lot lighter than the Yunnans I’m used to. Not for my tastes.

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A fan of Dragon Pearl Jasmine, I asked for a similar tea at Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak, MI. They offered a pearl jasmine that had but also offered this as one of their “premium” teas.

The flavor is slightly fuller in comparison to the dragon pearl and has a more “perfumy” scent dry and wet. After three steepings the leaves still produced a fairly consistent flavor.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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drank Yunnan Gold Premium by Goldfish Tea
181 tasting notes

A bolder, more flavorful version than Goldfish’s standard Yunnan Gold. This was a really interesting black tea that tasted closer to a pu-erh.

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drank Tie Guan Yin by Goldfish Tea
181 tasting notes

Had this at Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak, MI. Very smooth, served in a clay mug. One of the more memorable Tie Guan Yins I’ve had.

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