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So I finally caved and got the Golden Moon sampler. Yay! Today was exceptionally long, so I’m rewarding myself with a second cup of “real” tea. Which means, I’m embarking on a project that so many Steepsterites have taken on before me: tasting all the teas in the sampler.

I had heard such good things about the Coconut Pouchong that I went ahead and ordered a canister of that as well, so I started the sampler off with that since I knew I’d have easy access to it again in the near future. And it was the right call.

The dried leaves smelled nearly buttery, but with a hint of coconut. The leaves were lovely to watch unfurl in the water, when the smell of coconut began to fill the room. The wet leaves smelled much less of coconut, but the flavor stayed with the tea, as well as a hint of the butteriness that was so clear in the leaves’ dry state. Delicious.

So now, even though I’m hungry, I’m putting off dinner to finish this cup. It’s just too good to have with food and I want to actually pay attention to the drink. :)

You can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/4346895667/

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Ricky

Can’t wait to see the rest of the reviews =]

Cofftea

Me either! Does the code STEEPSTER still work for free shipping?

Ricky

Yes and you can stack ROSE for a free 1/2lb of Rose tea if you order over $40.

Cofftea

Yep, I was the one that posted that:)

Jillian

I gave in and ordered the sampler too and I’m just waiting for mine to arrive. You’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty awesome deal when you consider that you get to try the company’s entire tea selection for just $20. :)

teaplz

Agreed! Happy that you’ve joined our merry little band of GM sampler-lovers! And how cute is the box? I know I campaigned a lot for this thing, but I really did think it was a sweet deal, and if you know anyone that’s just starting out with loose leaf, it makes an absolutely perfect gift!

laurenpressley

@Ricky @Cofftea: I totally missed those discounts!!

@Jillian: Fun! I can’t wait to see your tasting notes! You’re not kidding… it’s a great deal (and smart of them, too)… I’m sure there will be several I’ll want to order after this.

@teaplz: I know, they really thought out every detail. The box is totally above and beyond!

takgoti

Nom nom nom. Yay Coconut Pouchong! Seeing reviews of this is making me wish I had more. Will need to remedy the situation soon.

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Ricky

Can’t wait to see the rest of the reviews =]

Cofftea

Me either! Does the code STEEPSTER still work for free shipping?

Ricky

Yes and you can stack ROSE for a free 1/2lb of Rose tea if you order over $40.

Cofftea

Yep, I was the one that posted that:)

Jillian

I gave in and ordered the sampler too and I’m just waiting for mine to arrive. You’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty awesome deal when you consider that you get to try the company’s entire tea selection for just $20. :)

teaplz

Agreed! Happy that you’ve joined our merry little band of GM sampler-lovers! And how cute is the box? I know I campaigned a lot for this thing, but I really did think it was a sweet deal, and if you know anyone that’s just starting out with loose leaf, it makes an absolutely perfect gift!

laurenpressley

@Ricky @Cofftea: I totally missed those discounts!!

@Jillian: Fun! I can’t wait to see your tasting notes! You’re not kidding… it’s a great deal (and smart of them, too)… I’m sure there will be several I’ll want to order after this.

@teaplz: I know, they really thought out every detail. The box is totally above and beyond!

takgoti

Nom nom nom. Yay Coconut Pouchong! Seeing reviews of this is making me wish I had more. Will need to remedy the situation soon.

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

Location

Blacksburg, VA

Website

http://laurenpressley.com

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