828 Tasting Notes


Again, bought for the cold conference. This makes for a surprisingly good cup of black tea. I always have low hopes for bagged, but this is quite good. I’d recommend it if you’re traveling and don’t want to take all sorts of tea paraphernalia.

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You guys! This is amazing tea. It’s bagged. It’s at the grocery. It’s still totally awesome. I was going to a conference where I knew it’d be cold all the time, and I knew they’d have hot water in one of the main rooms I’d be in, so I picked up a few bagged teas to take with me. This was an excellent choice. I think it’d probably be even better with sugar and milk. Decadent indeed.


I’ve never seen this in the grocery. sad.

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I’m kinda here you guys! Just not posting with the frequency with which I once did. I did manage to make a cup of this (with pictures!!) this morning, and it was pretty good. I typically don’t love Moraccan Mint teas, but this one was actually quite good for me. I added a bit of sugar in the raw, and the balance of tea and mint was good.

The 75 this gets? It turns out my rating system isn’t perfect for me. 100 is the perfect cuppa- the ones that will always be in my tea cupboard. It’s the “best in class” rating for each type of tea. It fails me because I’m not always going to have Moraccan Mint in my my cupboard, but if I did, it would be Golden Moon’s.

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When it gets hot, I start craving this cup. So here we go!

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Much more floral than I would have expected (or remembered).

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I’m still getting used to the idea that I can have caffeinated tea as often as I’d like at work, so it’s taking a while to get back into the routine of making a cup. For now, the bags have it: making it easy to make multiple cups in the course of a day. I’m looking forward to when the bags won’t cut it anymore and I’ll be inspired to move back into loose leaf. :)


Loose is the way to go, but I’m shocked at how good this stuff is.

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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