Got some of this from Golden Moon…it’s bagged and comes in clear little plastic pouches. As of late, I must say that all the hate for bagged tea is becoming unfounded, they are wrapped in plastic and/or foil wrapping which stops aroma from seeping out and the tea getting stale, the quality of ingredients have increased greatly, with full large leaves loosely packed in the individual bags, and the flavors and blends have become more exotic and interesting. This tea is another example of just that.

The bagged tea, though looks plain, smells delicious, like green and genmaicha, a rich matcha aroma and a hint of vanilla. Infused one bag in 8 ounces of water, hot, three minutes, no additives.

The tea smells much the same as the bag. The liquor is a very pale green. The flavor, like so many good blends, comes in layers. The first sip starts with genmaicha, a hint of green, then vanilla, then matcha, finished with the toasty rice flavor of genmaicha again. After you swallowed the tea, there is a sweet minty aftertaste. The taro and honeybush flavors are not in the layers, they are smoothly blended amongst the other flavors and hardly detectable amongst the other flavors. This tea is complicated and delicious. I finished the whole cup before I even knew it. I tried to resteep the bag, and it was much weaker, but still drinkable.

Overall, this tea was fantastic, I am very excited I still have another bag to enjoy later.

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone



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