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90
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

I have mixed feelings about this one. It is AMAZING, but a desert-tea, so I can have it only once in a while.

Weird review…lol. Hope everyone’s day is well.

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90
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

A beautiful honey-tasting black tea. Have a beautiful day, everyone! :)

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92

Good clean jasmine taste, not overpowering or artificial. Lovely & floral.

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69

This is more what I thought tea was before I started drinking it. It’s what kept me a satisfied coffee drinker for so long. Nothing wrong with it – the Jasmine is aromatic and evident, the Vanilla is sweet and delightful – I just enjoy the flavor of tea more than I do the “extras”, I guess.

My wife enjoyed it, and it’s low enough on the caffeine scale to enjoy pretty much anytime. For me, what I have left will sit right where it is until I make her some more.

Flavors: Jasmine, Vanilla

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98
drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
22 tasting notes

The other reviews must be really old. This tea is FANTASTIC. Almost a little bit fiery, with loads of black peppercorns, sweet spices, & cardamom. Just ordered a 1 lb bag. My new favorite go-to hot tea for cool weather.

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95

My favorite iced tea of all time! (Also excellent hot. ) Creamy, silky & smooth. I buy this in 1-lb bags & drink it literally all day long in the warmer months. (I actually have several large insulated tumblers/bottles that I bought just to keep this tea cold, so I can sip it all day at work.

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95
drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

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95
drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

This one really hit the spot on this brisk fall morning. I love fall. And tea.

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95
drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

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95
drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
133 tasting notes

Solid chai. I’ll try it Western later, but for now I used little leaf going gong fu. The chai flavors are present but not overwhelming like other chai teas I’ve had.

This is my second favorite tea from the six I got from GMT recently.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pepper, Sweet

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88

This reminds a lot of Mandala’s Noble Mark oddly enough.

Good tea.

Flavors: Vanilla

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drank Keemun by Golden Moon Tea
2268 tasting notes

This is a sipdown this morning! I seem to go through Keemun faster than any other tea.

There is so much variation in Keemun. Fruity like Winey Keemun from Grace Rare Tea, a little smokey like this one, and Harney and Teavivre have Keemun teas that run the gamut from cocoa-y to fruit to smokey depending on which you buy. I love the cocoa ones best probably, but wouldn’t turn down Winey Keemun or the smokey ones ever.

This one was lightly smokey and a little fruity with a slight briskness. We had it for breakfast the past two days. I think it is too light for milk and sugar, but hubby added it as is his wont with black tea. I think he would have still enjoyed it without since he enjoys roasted oolong and this is very similar.

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drank Keemun by Golden Moon Tea
2268 tasting notes

The Lord looks after fools and drunkards. I guess I was a fool.

I saw a coupon code for a Golden Moon sampler and tried to order it. I couldn’t find a place to put in the code so I quit trying, but I did comment on the company Facebook post that it wasn’t working for me and I really wanted to try their Keemun.

Big dope slap to myself at lunch when I pulled this off the shelf and realized I already own it. To be fair to myself, it was a gift, so I wasn’t the one who placed the order with the company. I still should have known I had it since I have almost finished the tin, though!

This was served with a tea lunch with egg salad sandwiches and thin potato wedges. It is a great tea sweetened or unsweetened, and I went with “un.” It is good hot or cold. It has a touch of fruitiness but still that lovely light scrape of dry cocoa I like.

Helena

Lol!! It’s always interesting when you forget you have tried something and still have it in the cupboard. I would never do that (lies through her teeth)

Fjellrev

You’re way ahead of yourself!

mrmopar

You are just ensuring that you don’t run out.

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70

Just a quick note to say I drank this. It still seemed fresh, though ancient, in this packaging that could probably preserve a single teaspoon until the end of time. Haha. It is certainly licorice with all the anise. You probably don’t even need to include white tea because the anise drowns any white tea flavor. It probably also contaminated my new infuser. Ah well.

Dustin

I have this in my cupboard and never really got into it. I’ll have to give it another go!

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100
drank Hashiri Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
61 tasting notes

I am ruined for life. This tea. With all the wonderful teas I’ve received from the insider club, /this tea/ makes it all worth it. From the moment I unscrewed the tin, and took a whiff of its gloriously vegetal scent, I was in love. I didn’t even drink it at first. I absorbed it by scent alone.

There are some teas that don’t live up to its taste when experiencing its addictive scent, but this is not one of them. The taste blows me away. It’s warm and grassy, and it’s smooth. It’s what I imagine drinking tea right in the middle of the tea farm is like. It IS advertised as “one of the freshest teas you’ll ever taste,” and you can tell. It’s such a joy to experience that I had to share a bit with a fellow tea-loving friend, because I needed someone to gush over this with.

Congratulations, harishi sencha. You’ve set a standard for me that’s so high that all other senchas will be woefully disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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91
drank Snow Dragon by Golden Moon Tea
61 tasting notes

This is the first of my tea-of-the-month collection to finish off. This saddens me. I adore this tea.

It’s the first days of summer heat, but I’m steeping this up anyway. My last cup of Snow Dragon is sitting beside me now, filling the air with its clean, vegetal fragrance. It’s such a crisp cup of tea, and it even tastes smooth and relaxing. I get nervous brewing teas with short steep times (fifteen seconds!) but I didn’t botch it up this time. Despite the summer heat, it’s refreshing. It’s so light that I hardly notice the thin film of sweat across my brow.

My tin may be empty, but this one works for multiple steeps. It’s rare that I’ll dry out leaves to steep them again later, but this one is well worth the effort.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Golden Monkey by Golden Moon Tea
510 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping TTB

Ooo, this is yummy! Rich and chocolatey with a hint of sweetness and a touch of astringency that keeps you going back for one more sip. Definitely wouldn’t mind having this one in my cupboard!

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

Ah, the reason I rejoined steepster. I spoiled myself and signed up for Golden Moon’s insider tea club, and already it’s off to a fabulous start.

This isn’t a tea you make with the “hot water” of the work water cooler and forget about as it sits on your desk. This requires precision and adequate time to prepare and savor. And a proper cup—I broke out my porcelain for this one. This tea is SO smooth. I didn’t catch that the first few steeps, since I oversteeped it, but my fourth attempt is perfect. (The steep time is incorrect on this review, since 15 seconds is the shortest it will go. It’s actually five. Yes, seconds. That’s just enough time to pour in the water and pour it out again. It makes me feel like a scientist.)

This tea was grown on a private lot in the mountains of China, and you can almost SMELL it. I don’t know what standing in the middle of a tea farm smells like, but I’d bet this is it. Smooth, fresh, with a scent of dew-dropped grass. This tea deserves a porch on a mountain overlooking China. Unfortunately, I’m in New Jersey, but the Hudson River is pretty, too.

It’s sweet and buttery in your mouth, and smooth on the way down. There’s no overwhelming aftertaste, just the slightest hint of that dew-dropped grass. I intended to make my current cup last long enough to finish this review, but… well, I don’t have to tell you how THAT went.

A side note: this can be stepped up to 20 times (!), and is thus far the only tea I’ve dried out between steeps to keep for future use. And it just gets better each time. (I’m responsible for the photo here in the swanky glass teapot, because why wouldn’t I use a swanky glass teapot?)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 15 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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83

GCTTB5

This oolong is not as sweet as I was expecting it to be (judging by the name). It was smooth caramel with nutty/woodsy notes. The oolong not base is fairly decent. The mouthfeel is silky with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It is a fairly enjoyable tea. However, there is something that is just kind of “blah” for me, kind of plain and boring for some reason. I am not sure why, because usually I really enjoy this flavour profile. IDK.

Resteeped for 4 minutes and it was much the same.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

On national tea day I happened upon the Perennial tea room in Seattle. If you live in Seattle or will be visiting I highly recommend this store. They are incredibly nice and very knowledgeable. I had smelled a sample of this tea and the lady behind the desk said “If you like how it smells just wait till you smell this from the jar.” She was right. Its amazing. Very smooth and the coconut extract has just the right amount so that it’s not too over powering.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Grass

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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83

Sipdown (119)!

Thank you for the sample TeaNTees!!!

So, this tea is incredibly aromatic – even with my sample in a Ziploc over top of the foil sample pouch I can see smell intense, fragrant notes of pear. It reminds me of this really sweet, kind of ‘dewy’ pear scented hair detangler I used to have before I shaved off all of my hair. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but I think that hair detangler was the best smelling ‘beauty product’ I’ve EVER owned. I remember even spraying it as a ‘perfume’ too (I was twelve at the time; don’t judge). And then, when I was out of it I was never able to find it again. If the taste of this tea translates into the smell of that detangler as well as the dry aroma makes me think it will I know I’m gonna be all over this tea.

I cold brewed my sample; and I have to say this turned out to be absolutely incredible. Honestly, the black base is a little drowned out but it’s not surprising given how intense the flavourings are. I would have been more surprised if the base had been able to compete with pear notes that strong. The mouthfeel is also incredibly thick and full; if I didn’t know better I could probably be persuaded that I was drinking the sweetened pear juices from a can of halved pears. It’s also just a sliver floral tasting. It compliments the pear notes well though. And you know what? It does kind of taste like that detangler smelled.

One thing I will say is that the ‘honey’ seems a lot less obvious; sure there’s absolutely 100% a sweetness to this tea that isn’t representative of just the pear on its own, but nothing identifies it specifically as honey. Though comparing this again to a ‘beauty product’ (but in the best way), my personal favourite perfume is ‘white tea and honey’ scented and this does have the same effervescent, fresh sweetness that I enjoy when I wear that perfume. The common denominator between the two is the ‘honey’. So that’s something.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this tea! At this point, it takes A LOT for a pear tea to sweep me off my feet and this blend certainly did it. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good pear tea or just a fruity tea in general with an over the top juiciness and freshness.

TeaNTees

Fabulous! I included this one with special hope that you would love as dearly as I did. Success! :)

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88

I have a bad habit of letting my tea oversteep, but I honestly do prefer the resulting astringency. The jasmine tastes appropriate to how the flower smells, and the aroma of the jasmine tea is authentic in comparison to the flower: it smells like a single-blooming Arabian jasmine.

It is not my absolute favorite jasmine green, but it’s a very close second.

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Just because I’m still finding my taste buds for black teas (even though they most often have the fun flavors!), I steeped this for 3 instead of the recommended 4 minutes. Added sugar on my way to work, it didn’t help. This one isn’t for me. I am very happy I was able to try it though. Thanks again TeaNTees :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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