Golden Moon Tea

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This is from Ost’s sale and another that I really wanted to try. So thank you Ost! I LOVE a good vanilla black tea with actual vanilla pieces. I’m loving the big vanilla pieces here. Somehow oddly enough, the first steep has a massive note of sarsaparilla even though this is stored in very nice packaging. The black tea is certainly deep enough for me but it’s hard to tell what the black tea itself tastes like with that root beer flavor! The second steep — more of those vanilla notes. And like it oddly appeared in the first cup, the sarsaparilla disappeared in the second cup. I don’t get the lower ratings for this on Steepster, maybe the older formula wasn’t as good? Also, Golden Moon has a free shipping sale for a couple days, if anyone is interested.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

If anyone liked my Ed Harcourt rec the other day, I have two more. I’m always a little disappointed when the best of year lists come out and not many of my favorite things from the year are included. So here are two: Jonathan Wilson had an excellent album this year. Way better than annoying Father John Misty whom he sometimes works with. I could suggest songs from the album, but they’re all so different. I also loved Kimbra’s album this year. I usually am NOT listening to pop but her talent can’t be matched. If the radio isn’t playing her, they should be. All of her albums are solid. Give ‘Top of the World’ TWO listens and tell me you aren’t addicted. Or the live version of ‘Plain Gold Ring’ from the deluxe version of Vows to hear her talent. Or ‘Everlovin Ya’ for a very unique sound. Much like Jonathan Wilson, you can tell Kimbra’s musical influences are all over the place. They are true music fans.

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Horrible. Full of brown leaves and twigs with a weak astringent taste and no aroma!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Reddish brown in color, smokey in aroma. The flavor echos the scent, as does the color of the brew to the tea itself. I’m not a huge fan of smokey teas, so this isn’t one I plan to drink again, but it was my first rooibos. Had to try at least once!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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As I continue trying to reduce caffeine intake – or at least the “catch and release” effect of coffee – I steeped a couple of cups of this tasty Oolong today. My first impression is that Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong is very nice. The coconut is evident, but not overwhelming.

On further reflection, I’m reminded I’m not really a “flavored” kind of guy. I like tea for tea, coffee as coffee, and Ritz as crackers. I’ll finish this small pouch, but not right away.

Flavors: Coconut

gmathis

Golden Moon stuff is always really good quantity and very understated.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
2334 tasting notes

Cold steeped it and it is still a nope for me. Sending it off to a new home! I just don’t like the base on this one.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
2334 tasting notes

Follow up to yesterday’s review – I tried this iced and sweetened today. It is still a big old nope for me. Oh well. Teavivre’s jasmine teas just can’t be beat and fortunately I have some on hand. This one will have to depart.

__Morgana__

I’m sorry to say I agree about this one — I’m a huge jasmine green fan and this one just lacks oomph.

ashmanra

I decided to give it one last shot and have it cokd steeping now. If it isn’t palatable that way, it goes away. If it is a decent cold steep, I will drink up that way as rapidly as possible and not buy it again.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
2334 tasting notes

I thought I was going to love this since I have two black teas by GM that I like a lot. Sadly, this isn’t a winner for me. It would be okay with food. Daughter liked it okay. Hubby said nope, and left after one cup. The green base is not to our liking. The jasmine was fine as far as the taste and the level of intensity.

Teavivre has too many great jasmine teas for me to fool around with this tin any longer. I will try it as an iced sweet tea so as to not be wasteful.

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Strong coconut aroma, that is the primary smell of the tea. I really don’t taste or smell the tea, although the liquor resembles an oolong tea, the taste is overpowered by the coconut. Coconut is a great flavor so it isn’t really a problem, but I wish the flavor of the tea was stronger. I think hot is good, but I bet cold is even better, that is next.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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had a little of this just now, very nice subtle flavor

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This was the second of a three pack sampler I ordered from Golden Moon Tea.

I steeped the tea for, initially, 3 and 1/2 minutes but it was so weak I put it back in for a total of 5 minutes and I feel like I should have steeped it for longer but it began to develop a bitter aftertaste so I would limit another steep to 4 and 1/2 minutes.

The tea is very subtle. So subtle it reminds me of drinking a watery mouthwash. I don’t like it, at all, and I tend to like mint teas in small servings (1-2 cups).

The coloring is lovely, a golden yellow, so I was anticipating a lovely brew, so it was a letdown that the flavor did not carry through.

I have to say I had no trouble tasting the green tea, which was a nice surprise.

While 2 of the 3 teas I’ve sampled from Golden Moon Tea have been a letdown I would buy other teas from them. I think its just the samples I received not being my style and not so much the quality of tea I’ve received. I’m not a fan of gunpowder style teas which is probably why this mint tea was a miss for me.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Mint, Spearmint, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

I received this tea as part of a sampler pack from Golden Moon. It’s not a tea I would have selected for myself as I tend to not be a fan of chais.

For my first steep, I did 200 degrees for 5 minutes and it was far too bitter for me. I found it nearly undrinkable so for my second steep I opted for 200 degrees for 3 and 1/2 minutes and it came out very nice.

I don’t tend to like ginger in my tea but this ginger was subtle as was the cinnamon, giving just a slight bit of spiciness with each sip. I found that to be a nice balance.

I grabbed a bit of creamer and added it to my second steep after a couple sips plain. I felt it enhanced the flavor but this is one of the few chais where I didn’t find it absolutely necessary for me to drink the tea. That is quite the compliment, as, again, I don’t generally like chais.

While not a tea I prefer, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

The vanilla is very strong in this one. I adore vanilla so I do like this tea, but the vanilla is the prevalent taste. If you like vanilla, you will like this one.

Flavors: Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

I was eager to try this Earl Grey from a favorite tea company. I was glad to try it, it is good, but I have other Earl Greys that I prefer. I think the bergamot is too subtle for me, it is hard to detect and I love that flavor. I will drink all my stash, but I won’t buy any more.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

This is a weird one for me haha! Smoky, strong, and the taste will coat your mouth for a long time.

Flavors: Char, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

This is the best Moroccan Mint that I have ever tasted. Sweet, smooth, buttery, and refreshing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82

This is a very good tea. Very nice aroma, and a strong, full body.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Golden Moon Tea
100 tasting notes

I love chai teas, this one is subtle, maybe a bit too subtle. I would prefer more cinnamon, less ginger (I think). But overall, a good chai. I wouldn’t buy again but I will enjoy the rest of the supply I have.

Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

I enjoy mint tea and spearmint is a favorite type of mint so I figured I would love this tea. I liked it very much but still searching for that perfect mint tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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84

Nice morning cup. Not at all bitter. The Keemun offsets the blend of Indian teas nicely. Or is it the other way around? Who cares, right?! Great way to start the day…or the afternoon, for that matter.

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
139 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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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
139 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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