244 Tasting Notes

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
244 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea; I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings. I decided to be conservative when brewing it, so it only got about 3 minutes with cooler water (190) for the first steeping. Brewed in a clear glass carafe, it has a pale brown color, tending more towards yellow than red. It is a clear, sharp (vice translucent) brew that is light and clean in the mouth. A good tea without much outstanding, good or bad.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I was a little out of it this morning when I made this…and I treated it like a black tea. BIG mistake. I got it over steeped and paid for it. A Very tannic and a bit bitter brew. Overpowering green vegetables.
I drank it anyway, I needed it, Anything!
The preparation details are “What Not To Do”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

Rating boost on this tea. I’m coming to appreciate its straight-forward, no frills tea flavor. Not a lot of complexity or subtlety; you don’t feel bad about slamming through a couple of cups in the morning as your wakeup cup(s)…you know that time, where subtlety and “fine flavor structures” are lost on the gunk in your mouth (or the mint toothpaste if you’ve gotten that far). 2nd steeps are good as the first.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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84

picked up some more of this. Just the thing after pulling an “all nighter”…gods, I haven’t done that since college (measured in decades ago)

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85
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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Its official, I like this tea…it got reordered. Just drinking the first cup from my refill order and remembering why I like it so much.

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Chocolate, rasberries, and, fleetingly, some melon…thats what I smelled when I opened the sample envelope. A few minutes later, all I could smell was chocolate and rasberries, so I wasn’t holding out much hope for melon. I was a bit surprised though, the brewed tea has nothing of chocolate or rasberries, but a clear melon taste and a good melon smell. A very light tea, as you’d expect from a white base, even with 4 minutes of steeping. This one delivers what the name implies.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Orchid Temple by Golden Moon Tea
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A light tea with a predominately green tea flavor. Significant floral notes, almost to the point of being a green jasmine tea. The floral taste doesn’t last long and it is a green tea that you get as an aftertaste.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find this tea in a better quality Chinese restaurant.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m taking abuse in defense of tea! I opened the Golden Moon Lapsang Souchong sampler this rainy, dreary morning. I couldn’t imagine a better type of day to “get this one out of the way”. Opening the package brought back the smells of camping with the Boy Scouts in the East Texas Piney Woods…and abuse from my office mates for stinking the place up! I make no pretense, I don’t like smokey teas; I expected this tea sample to be a trial. So now I’m eating smokey humble pie. This tea is much better than anticipated…the smell is worse than its bite! I’ve adjusted though…no breathing in when taking a sip. The tea is mild and carries the smoke lightly and well, but thats about all I can say. I don’t get much in the way of nuances from the tea itself. Campfire tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Keemun Red Emperor by TeaFountain
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I’ve been working on finishing off my supply of this tea (need the room for some new teas). My previous note still applies, but I’m giving it a rating boost…its just that good.

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago, by whom I cannot remember. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. Bravo!

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