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I’d been dying to try some additional (other than Coconut Pouchong) Golden Moon teas for a while, and was super excited when Alphakitty not only had them in her cupboard, but was willing to pass some along! Yay! Problem solved (now let’s hope I don’t like them tooooooo too much, because they don’t ship to Canada IIRC, and that’s annoying!)

Strangely, I’m getting almost a fermenty/rotten melon scent from the tea, which started the instant I put the leaves into the water. Not quite what I was expecting. I thought perhaps there was some cross-contamination between the teas, but then I remembered how to box smelled deliciously like chocolate raspberry, so I highly doubt that was the case. (I just went back to the little baggie of tea and sniffed it, but alas, the baggie smells too much like choco-rasp to pick out the tea)!

The sip tastes much better. I’m getting more of an overripe cantaloupe sort of flavour, mixed with a hint of….. Play-Dough???? That’s an odd association. Only getting perhaps a hint of white tea at the end of the sip.

I’m kind of glad I didn’t order this tea for myself. It’s not bad, but there’s something a little off about it. I’m going to leave the rest of my sample to “air out” (I do it with all my swaps, improves them a lot!) and see if it is an intruding flavour, but I really don’t think so. Either way, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t prefer this over Butiki’s Cantaloupe and Cream, and there’s only room for one melon white tea in my cupboard!

Thanks for the sample, Alphakitty!

ETA: Second infusion, 160F/3min, is similar to the first. Still that overripe melon sort of flavour, with a really nice white tea flavour at the end. I really think I might have enjoyed it far more prior to Cantaloupe & Cream though. … sipping it more, the “overripeness” doesn’t really bother me all that much now.

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TeaBrat

Oh my, you are a backlogging maniac! :)

Kittenna

Believe it or not, only three were really backlogs! The rest I’ve drank within the last couple hours :D I’m just a tea-drinking fiend!

teawade

this sounds super refreshing! minus the rotten melon scent of course. Thinking about giving this a try.

Kittenna

Honestly, I might have found this one more appealing had I not tried Butiki’s first. And it’s more of an overripe melon scent, to be fair. I’d recommend Butiki’s over this unless you’re already making a GM order.

Bonnie

Play Dough! I cracked up!

Alphakitty

I noticed that it smelled a little… different when I bagged it up. But I haven’t had any in over a month, so I was hoping it was just my nose being weird. It was the very bottom of the tin, so maybe that has something to do with it?

Kittenna

Strange, I have no idea. If you have any left you should give it a shot and let me know if it tastes different than usual to you :) It didn’t taste like it had gone “bad” to me, just like the flavouring wasn’t quite one that appealed to me.

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TeaBrat

Oh my, you are a backlogging maniac! :)

Kittenna

Believe it or not, only three were really backlogs! The rest I’ve drank within the last couple hours :D I’m just a tea-drinking fiend!

teawade

this sounds super refreshing! minus the rotten melon scent of course. Thinking about giving this a try.

Kittenna

Honestly, I might have found this one more appealing had I not tried Butiki’s first. And it’s more of an overripe melon scent, to be fair. I’d recommend Butiki’s over this unless you’re already making a GM order.

Bonnie

Play Dough! I cracked up!

Alphakitty

I noticed that it smelled a little… different when I bagged it up. But I haven’t had any in over a month, so I was hoping it was just my nose being weird. It was the very bottom of the tin, so maybe that has something to do with it?

Kittenna

Strange, I have no idea. If you have any left you should give it a shot and let me know if it tastes different than usual to you :) It didn’t taste like it had gone “bad” to me, just like the flavouring wasn’t quite one that appealed to me.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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