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If you haven’t heard, I have the best boyfriend in the entire world.

So, my boyfriend is always amused by my various obsessiveness. I tend to cycle through hobbies and pastimes pretty quickly, and he’s always along for the ride. When he found out that I was getting into loose leaf tea, and made my first order from Adagio, he surprised me with the Golden Moon Tea Taster’s Sampler set (http://www.goldenmoontea.com/Tea_Taster_s_Sampler_P56C28.cfm for those that aren’t in the know). It’s $20 for their entire catalog, 1-2 cups of each of their 31 varieties, and if you use the code “teareviewblog” you get free shipping (it worked when I ordered, at least). It was the perfect gift, and as a result, I have the chance to work my way through the various and interesting teas of a highly respected company.

The box is a bit daunting, so I figured I’d start with the basics. And what’s more basic than plain green tea? I don’t have much experience with green tea overall, but I read on here and elsewhere that this was just straight green tea, with a very mild flavor.

When I opened the little packet, I was sort of surprised at how much there was in there. The leaves were pretty and twisted, a wonderful verdant color. There were some broken bits at the bottom of the packet, but for the most part, most of the leaves were intact. I’d read that many of the offerings were really one cup only, but I measured out a heaping teaspoon of this, and I still had half left. Since I didn’t want to overdue it with the leaves, and add too many to the pot with no knowledge of the the temperament of this tea, I just did the one heaping teaspoon and sealed the rest of the bag up for another time.

The dry leaves smelled… leafy. Green in a plant-like way. Nothing distinctive. The resulting liquid after brewed was a light yellow color. A very, very pale goldenrod. The cup had literally no smell.

On my first sip I was a bit surprised. This tea doesn’t have a strong flavor at all. As someone that’s accustomed to blacks in the morning, it was a bit interesting. There are barely any tasting notes to be had while the cup is still piping hot. A hint of vegetation, a sweet aftertaste.

As the cup cooled, however, the sweetness really came into prominence. I only really tasted the “candied pineapple” tasting note once or twice (this is not flavored with pineapple, so don’t expect a strong flavor at all). The best thing that I can say about this tea is that if it was cold, it’d be immensely chuggable. And I mean that as a compliment. It’s refreshing and light and tasty, with a very pleasing sweet note. It tastes pure and refined. Does it taste like “tea”? No. So if you’re going into this expecting a flavor parade, you will be disappointed. It tastes more like drinking dew from a large leaf in the morning. What I would imagine the water served up on Olympus tastes like.

All great compliments, but when I’m drinking tea, I don’t really want water, I want tea. I really enjoyed the subtleties of this tea, and I’m going to try resteeping it (some of the leaves still have a twisted shape and didn’t unfurl completely), but I can’t imagine ordering more of this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Auggy

Loved this note – I know you aren’t in love with this tea but your note makes me excited to try it! Sadly, my order is set to come in Monday, which is the day I leave on vacation. I really really really want UPS to stop by the house first thing in the morning so I can take the samples with me. That would be way awesome.

Cofftea

@Auggy, we can suffer together- I’m on pins and needles too. For my matcha set. It’s supposed to be here Tues.:(

Cofftea

@teaplz, I can related to your “water” comment. I think as a person’s tastes mature and develop they search out different teas and teas steeped different ways. I always try teas at least twice.

rabbysmom

“So, my boyfriend is always amused by my various obsessiveness. I tend to cycle through hobbies and pastimes pretty quickly,”
LOL LOL at this comment because I’m soooo glad to hear that I’m not the only one with this type of personality! Let’s hope our current tea obsession is here to stay :)

Cofftea

@rabbysmom- I’m that way too. Thank GOD I’ve stuck w/ tea, but my tea and tea ware tastes have definitely changed.

rabbysmom

@Cofftea Good to hear! Tea is a good thing to be into since it is so varied. I plan to stick with it because I have gotten more enjoyment than I could ever imagine out of tea!

teaplz

It’s not bad! I just wasn’t blown completely away by it. I think it’s hard to be blown away by something like this tea. Just because it’s fairly simple in a lot of ways, and doesn’t really have a “wow” factor. That being said, it tastes like it’s fairly high quality (although I haven’t a clue what that’d taste like!).

And yes, I always cycle ridiculously through things.

Auggy

Well, and you like teas bolder than I do, I think. But lighter teas make me happy so I can really picture enjoying this. I HOPE UPS is early on Monday!!!!

denisend

Auggy – you might be able to call UPS and ask them to hold the package at the center and pick it up on your way out of town. Depends on who you talk to, some folks at UPS go above and beyond for customers like that. You’ll have to do it TODAY, though (and have a tracking number), because they could be loading it on the truck as early as 2 am Monday morning!

Cofftea

@Auggy, if you REALLY want it on vacation that bad and they can’t either get it to or have it ready for you to pick up before you leave maybe you can get them to ship it to the address you’re staying at for an extra charge.

Auggy

@denisend – That’s a thought! I’ll have to see where the UPS center would be and if it isn’t the entirely wrong way, I might see if I can try that! Let’s see… how obsessive will I be about my tea? Hehe!

Ricky

Haha, I cycle through hobbies, obsessions, whatever you want to call it as well.

Cofftea

@teaplz, I think any tea has the potential to blow away someone. Just as it has the potential to make a person puke lol. Your tastebuds may not be ready for it yet.

TeaEqualsBliss

That’s an awesome deal! I think I am going to try an purchase after the holidays!

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Auggy

Loved this note – I know you aren’t in love with this tea but your note makes me excited to try it! Sadly, my order is set to come in Monday, which is the day I leave on vacation. I really really really want UPS to stop by the house first thing in the morning so I can take the samples with me. That would be way awesome.

Cofftea

@Auggy, we can suffer together- I’m on pins and needles too. For my matcha set. It’s supposed to be here Tues.:(

Cofftea

@teaplz, I can related to your “water” comment. I think as a person’s tastes mature and develop they search out different teas and teas steeped different ways. I always try teas at least twice.

rabbysmom

“So, my boyfriend is always amused by my various obsessiveness. I tend to cycle through hobbies and pastimes pretty quickly,”
LOL LOL at this comment because I’m soooo glad to hear that I’m not the only one with this type of personality! Let’s hope our current tea obsession is here to stay :)

Cofftea

@rabbysmom- I’m that way too. Thank GOD I’ve stuck w/ tea, but my tea and tea ware tastes have definitely changed.

rabbysmom

@Cofftea Good to hear! Tea is a good thing to be into since it is so varied. I plan to stick with it because I have gotten more enjoyment than I could ever imagine out of tea!

teaplz

It’s not bad! I just wasn’t blown completely away by it. I think it’s hard to be blown away by something like this tea. Just because it’s fairly simple in a lot of ways, and doesn’t really have a “wow” factor. That being said, it tastes like it’s fairly high quality (although I haven’t a clue what that’d taste like!).

And yes, I always cycle ridiculously through things.

Auggy

Well, and you like teas bolder than I do, I think. But lighter teas make me happy so I can really picture enjoying this. I HOPE UPS is early on Monday!!!!

denisend

Auggy – you might be able to call UPS and ask them to hold the package at the center and pick it up on your way out of town. Depends on who you talk to, some folks at UPS go above and beyond for customers like that. You’ll have to do it TODAY, though (and have a tracking number), because they could be loading it on the truck as early as 2 am Monday morning!

Cofftea

@Auggy, if you REALLY want it on vacation that bad and they can’t either get it to or have it ready for you to pick up before you leave maybe you can get them to ship it to the address you’re staying at for an extra charge.

Auggy

@denisend – That’s a thought! I’ll have to see where the UPS center would be and if it isn’t the entirely wrong way, I might see if I can try that! Let’s see… how obsessive will I be about my tea? Hehe!

Ricky

Haha, I cycle through hobbies, obsessions, whatever you want to call it as well.

Cofftea

@teaplz, I think any tea has the potential to blow away someone. Just as it has the potential to make a person puke lol. Your tastebuds may not be ready for it yet.

TeaEqualsBliss

That’s an awesome deal! I think I am going to try an purchase after the holidays!

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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