This is the gold standard of chocolate tisanes. As it is 100% cacao nibs and no honeybush/rooibos fillers, this is 100% chocolate taste. Does this taste like a hot chocolate? Not as rich – but it is extremely chocolatey with a hint of sugar. The addition of milk would only improve this. I also blended my previously infused sampler w my Zhi Tea Gongfu black (similar to Premium Steap’s Red Empereror). Now I finally have the perfect black tea. The richness and syrup-i-ness of the gong fu was a perfect match for the cacao nibs. I highly recommend this.
328 Tasting Notes
Whoa~~I have been experimenting w/gong fu blacks, Shangs fermented white tea converted to black, yunnans, keemuns, Ruby Black, and Hawaiian Oolong….. This is the most delightful, naturally sweet black tea I have had yet. This is the first selection in the Golden Moon tea club and I am glad that I joined. Marcus of GM mentioned in the forum about GM’s renewed dedication to quality and I would say that he did not disappoint.
I am addicted to this blend and have had it for the past 5 nights in a row. I was concerned prior to ordering that since this was an “authentic” chai, the cardamom would be overpowering. This is not the case. All of the spices blend well and perfectly. As an extra plus, the coconut provides a natural sweetness. This is a tie w/Liberteas Masterpiece Chai.
this one is ok. Lightly roasted, sort of vegetative. Not florally. Needed ~1 tbs for ~6 ozz and steeeping time of about 3 minutes. I would think a shorter steeping time would coax minimal flavor out of this one.
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I have been dying to try this tea since I purchased this a month ago and I finally splurged today. This has a wonderful perfume-y taste. I was thinking jasmine. But then reading the other reviews, I would say more like orange blossom water. The tea base is smooth, warm. As this is some type of fermented white tea , the brew is light and somewhat caramelly. It is quite different and I would definitely recommend it.
Clearing out my cupboard and came upon this forgotten GM sample. This is my first Ceylon and the Steepster consensus is this is a great one and I tend to agree. It is full, smooth, naturally sweet, malty. A solid tea for first thing in the morning: strong, nothing fancy, but delivers caffeine w/o needing sugar or milk to make it palatable. When I put in my next GM order, I will add this one to the list.
This vendor’s roasted oolongs are excellent. Some of their flavored black tea blends are just OK. This primarily tastes like banana. Nothing special.
This is a nice and warm black tea blend. The apricot is muted by the other flavorings so that it is not overly sweet, fruity, or tart. Although saffron is identified as a flavoring, I did not detect any saffron at all. Oddly, this blend just feels comforting and luxurious (as some other Steepster-ite) noted and it is hard to pinpoint what this tastes like.
this is another nice offering from Cloudwalker. Of the samples I tried, I prefer the bold Cinnabar over this one as the flavor is a bit mild. It is not vegetative/toasty/floral but as the other reviewers noted: this tea has a tangy/tingly very mild grape juice flavor (if I squint my eyes or taste buds)….Others also noted woodsy flavor and even seaweed. I could even note those as well. A laid back oolong for multiple steepings throughout the evening. I am at the 5th steeping and although this is mild, I can still get a noticeable flavor)
What a wonderful oolong! I am backlogging as I had this one as my last tea of 2010 on New Year’s Eve and was a perfect selection. I noted honey and spicy, yes spicy flavors. This was juicy w/a discernable tickle on the tongue. This is one oolong that I would recommend and am looking forward to trying the rest of my Cloudwalker teas. No roasted flavors , no vegetative, no florals.
This was a delightful oolong. It is my first Dan Cong and I think this could be one of my favorites. It is bold flavor w/o an obvious roasting flavor. There were some subtle honey and fruity notes.
Until I re-read this descrption (after drinking), I did not realize this oolong was flavored w/osmanthus. I think I want to try some others that are not flavored w/osmanthus. At longer steeping times, this tea had a definite pucker that could have been contributed by the osmanthus.
I will start off by saying what this is not: not vegetative, not floral, not milky, not roasted or not toasty. Call me strange- but this tastes like clover, yes a clover- the flower associated w/3-leaf clover. This is a nice relaxing oolong.
this is one syrup-y brew. Tried it w/milk this time and 1/2 tsp of sugar for 16 oz. This definitely cuts down on the “chinese tea” syrup flavor. I am still not sure if I am detecting cocoa notes. But I am defintely picking up some fruity- merlot-y flavors…
For a lightly oxidized oolong- this is wonderful. No vegetative taste, Just light and floral. In fact, this has opened my eyes to lighter oolongs. So far, I have been pleased w/the quality of the American Tea Room.
this tastes like golden monkey concentrate. In fact, the brewed liquor seems to have a syrupy texture which is odd. I was thinking this was going to be a Dawn replacement and well, it does not have similar cocoa undertones- it is a wonderful black tea.
love the toasty coconut flavor and the black tea base has no astringency or bitterness and blends perfectly w/the coconut flavor. Even better is that the toasty coconut flavor seems natural and not syrupy. A great blend.
I steep this one for 4 mins about 1 tablespoon for 16 ozs. This is one of my favorite black teas. It is a change up from the standard black yunnans that I like. Yet it has similar qualities as a true Chinese tea as I find it drinkable w/o sugar (unlike assams). And at the longer steep time, I can detect a subtle burnt sugar flavor?
The most chocolate-y blend ever. Do not be afraid of the rooibos. The chocolate smothers the ickiness of the rooibos……So far, I have been impressed w/the quality of American Tea Room…..
This is similar to a chocolate/coconut puerh I had from David’s tea but this one is better. With the addition of the pepper, the spiciness is a perfect foil for the puerh. In fact, if you are looking for a strong chocolatey tea, I would look elsewhere. The spicy pepper defintely predominates….
My first milk oolong and one of my favorites. A subtle taste of sweetened condensed milk matched w/creamy oolong. I have heard about some milk oolongs that are adulterated. I have no clue if this one is – hard to believe that this is natural? But regardless, a great tea.
This tasted like Tang with a background note of earthiness from the Pu’erh. Argh….
This is not bitter or harsh like some mints. And the oolong provides a creamy background. Like Laura said in her note, like the creamy center of a peppermint patty. And this is naturally sweet. No sugar for this one.
Loving this tea and I am about out and need to re-order ….this tea is creamy and chocolatey and can’t get better than this and one of my favorite chocolate teas…