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drank Vanilla Jasmine by Golden Moon Tea
186 tasting notes

Just when I’m about to give up on flavored teas, Golden Moon saves me from the funk I was falling swiftly into.

I really loved GM’s Jasmine, and found their vanilla to be pretty okay, so I was a bit excited to try this one. The dry leaves have an absolutely delicious smell. Someone mentioned cream soda, but I think it’s a bit better than that (since I’m not the greatest fan of cream soda). It’s juicy and floral and vanilla, very comforting and exciting. You can really smell both in the aroma, with the jasmine probably edging out the vanilla the teeniest bit. There’s also a lovely chocolate-type smell going on here.

I steeped this one up at boiling, but then as the leaves opened up, some looked a tad green, and I began to get worried that I had messed it up. Green and black blends are pretty tricky, temperature-wise. On the pour… the tea is a fairly dark color, a coppery-orange, and the smell coming off of it isn’t that strong. I’m getting more of a black tea smell, with whiffs of vanilla and jasmine.

The taste of this… I’m surprised how light it is! There’s sort of a mellow tea flavor, which I assume comes from the mixing of the black and green. It’s not the strongest, but it’s definitely adequate. At the front of the flavor, I’m definitely getting a bit more jasmine than vanilla, but then they tend to switch and mingle, until they’re just this one flavor that I can’t really describe. Other than vanilla jasmine!

Sometimes I’m actually getting a grape-like flavor, which is sort of strange. I don’t mean like a muscatel-wine flavor, like a Darjeeling, but sort of a grape soda flavor. It’s pretty pleasant, but sort of bizarre. I’m not getting any of the cocoa notes I smelled in the actual drink, which is fine by me.

Towards the bottom of the cup, the tea became a bit bitter on the initial sip, which wasn’t unpleasant, but is probably due to my temperature issues. I’m happy that it didn’t really negatively impact the tea until the very bottom, for sure.

Overall, another pleasant offering from Golden Moon! It didn’t knock my socks off (where did that expression even come from? Did someone’s socks actually get knocked off my something just that awesome?), but it was definitely an enjoyable cup, and on par with what I’ve come to expect with Golden Moon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Your review made me curious so I checked – dude, everyone mentions cream soda with this tea! Hahah! Okay, okay, not everyone but enough that it makes me feel not crazy for getting that flavor too! And yay GM for having good, non-jaded-feeling-inducing flavored teas!

teaplz

I am seriously going to have to pull out Almond Cookie or Colonille very soon, for the Auggy Way of Flavors makes everything happy once more!

And yeah, cream soda cult! Actually, looking over the reviews now, sophistre mentioned grape-ness. WEIRD.

Robert Godden

Vanilla is easy to get wrong, but is sensational when it’s good.

teaplz

@Robert, I’ve had lots of mediocre vanilla, but thanks to Auggy, I’ve tried SpecialTea’s Colonille. It still ranks as my favorite vanilla tea.

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Auggy

Your review made me curious so I checked – dude, everyone mentions cream soda with this tea! Hahah! Okay, okay, not everyone but enough that it makes me feel not crazy for getting that flavor too! And yay GM for having good, non-jaded-feeling-inducing flavored teas!

teaplz

I am seriously going to have to pull out Almond Cookie or Colonille very soon, for the Auggy Way of Flavors makes everything happy once more!

And yeah, cream soda cult! Actually, looking over the reviews now, sophistre mentioned grape-ness. WEIRD.

Robert Godden

Vanilla is easy to get wrong, but is sensational when it’s good.

teaplz

@Robert, I’ve had lots of mediocre vanilla, but thanks to Auggy, I’ve tried SpecialTea’s Colonille. It still ranks as my favorite vanilla tea.

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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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