224 Tasting Notes

drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
224 tasting notes

My 1st sencha. Judging by the previous review I didn’t pick the right one to start with but it’s worth a try. Lets see if I like this.
Leaves look quite similar to Kukicha tea I got home. Dark green. Not sure if that’s how they’re supposed to look.
Tea is deep yellow. Smells similar to that Kukicha again. Just less strong. I’m really not an expert on these. For me it smells quite nice.
OK I kinda get the reviews now. This is not as good as it smells. That Kukicha I keep comparing it too is so much better. This is bitter first of all. Not smooth enough. Just not very good. The after-taste is let’s say OK but still not very good.

Wouldn’t buy this one…
Gotta try some different Sencha’s.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Maybe try cooler water and shorter steeping times? I usually see reccomendations for steeping sencha at around 70-75 degrees celcius and only for a minute or two. It’s supposed to have a clean, grassy taste, but it’s generally not supposed to be bitter (which could be the fault of the tea itself as much as it could be ‘operator error’).


water was quite cooled down. idk. will try to do it in even milder. but I was not the only one that had bitterness issues with this particular tea… I think this was the most bitter green tea I’ve tried so far…


yeah, you should use 70-80c water temperature for japanese greens

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Loose tea smells awesome. Very fruity.

Tastes interesting. I like the fact that fruit isn’t totally overtaking the scent of green tea. In the citrus fruit blends that often happens.
It’s not sweet. Bit acid actually. For my taste it’s missing some fullness – smoothness.

I came to realise that I really like plain quality green tea. Blends I prefer with black tea.

This one is refreshing and quite tasty but doesn’t wow me at all. Solid rating tho…

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Ya know putting like a teaspoon of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup into this tea was a total BINGO! :) I’m happy it stood on the counter and inspired me to try this. Its a perfect blend caramel and chai. Mmmmmm :)

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Ummm this smells reaaaaaly smoked. Idk. Not so optimistic about liking this one. But worth a try. My first smoked tea.

Don’t like this smell and I so don’t wanna try it. Takes a deep breath.
OK well it’s more drinkable than pu-erh. Tastes smoked which is weird – but better than it smells. But I must say id rather eat smoked cheese which this reminds me of than drink this tea.

Wouldn’t buy it. Smoked goes better with food… Imho.
Seeing that it has good ratings from the pro tasters here ;) I will skip mine.

I guess this is a love it or hate it kind of tea…

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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Leaves look promising. Large chunks, a flower, very diverse white ingredients. Smells nice. Colour’s yellow as it should be. I think I might like this one.
Mhm white tea FTW. At first it’s slightly sour. But then white tea kicks in with that full nutty taste. I love it and I missed drinking plain white unscented tea. It’s not quite ‘Silver needle – awesome’ but its quite delicious.

Good job with this one Golden Moon.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank White Melon by Ronnefeldt Tea
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Didn’t drink white tea lately. Didn’t drink this one in months. It’s still yummy :) Nice full melony taste. Mhm yummm…
I know… I’m very eloquent at 9am ;)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Nice blend. I’m just getting a hint of pu-erh tho. Bergamot is strongest in it. It’s quite refreshing and all the ingredients did blend in quite well. Color is dark brown somewhere in between black and pu-erh. Smells of bergamot. It’s better than earl gray.
I like this combo.

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
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First pu-erh I’ve tried that was in loose leaves shape. It’s deffinitelly better than those I’ve ordered from China on eBay. Way more drinkable. The pu-erh note is the same but this one is less bitter and well just way more drinkable. I actually like it. First pu-erh I would drink just for the sake of drinking it (not tasting it). I’ll rate it well simply because I didn’t try better yet…
It’s earty, kinda sweetish but not too sweet. Dark colored like it’s supossed to be. Nice one…

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Mmmm quite yummy. It has a bit of that nutty taste to it (how I call it lol). Really nice aftertaste too. Delicate and tasty. Milder than most green teas.

So it’s a like from me…

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Hmmm refreshing but not the best mint tea I’ve tried. Bit bittery. Should steep it on lower temperatures. Really refreshing tho. Can’t say it doesn’t suite me this morning.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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born with a bit of a restless, curious and exploring spirit ;) love to travel and i do it a lot lately. enjoy good food and drinks. love trying out new stuff. just about to start exploring the world of teas and i’m really enthusiastic about it ;)

EDIT 4 months later:
still a n00b here but starting to get it ;) i try to buy loose tea but i got a lot of teabags too cuz it’s easier to find here. from not liking black tea ended up love it. green can be quite good too but waiting for more real ones to try. whites are sometimes awesome, sometimes not, rooibos and fruity blends are a good replacement for juices… and so on… still excited about every new tea… loving it more every day :D

since my favorite hobby is photography i take photos whenever something is interesting. including my tea making process…

Rating system (i’ll try to use it from now on):
0-20 sorry, can’t do it. ewwy
20-50 i’ll drink it if i have to, i f not no ty
50-70 its not bad, quite drinkable
70-85 i like it, might buy more
85-100 gimme more of this stuff


rijeka, croatia

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