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Another golden moon sample. Now that I’m back at my dorm room, I’m back to boiling/heating my tea in a microwave. The smell , not so much different from any other black tea.

First sip, I like it. It’s got a definite black taste to it, but at the same timea special little kick that I really do like the taste of. I’ve never had a darjeeling tea before, so I don’t really know how to compare it.

Overall it has a very good black tea taste, and I could easily see myself drinking this every day. But it just doesn’t taste like something very special. It seems like a generic black tea with a different flavor to it. But is there really much more to darjeeling tea? I have no idea.

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Here we go, third sample from Golden Moon. After having sushi for dinner, I felt it was only appropriate to have a Green tea afterward. This will be my first time having a Gunpowder tea though.

It steeped to an almost amber/brown color, which seems a bit odd since the sampling packet calls it a “golden green” . The smell, well, honestly I can’t smell much of anything from it. My sense of smell is very bad though.

First sip. woah, did I steep this right? It tastes quite bitter, or maybe that’s the “smokey” taste. It’s almost hard to tell. Aside from that instant taste of bitter/smokey it seems to be almost flavorless. It’s got quite a bitter aftertaste as well. All I think I can chalk it up to is steeping incorrectly, because if this is the right flavor, I don’t know…

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drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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Second sampler from Golden Moon. Used some rock sugar when steeping, like always.
Ever since I started drinking loose teas, i have never bought a black tea. So making a black tea from loose leaves just felt very odd. I am also usually not a fan of flower teas, even though they always smell so fantastic (just like this one did before I steeped it)

So here goes, first sip. Weird. I definitely taste the black tea and it tastes so good, but then the rose flavor comes out, and all I can think of is how absolutely flowery it tastes. I’m trying to resist the urge to put a splash of milk in, since I’ve become accustomed to black teas with milk. That might make the rose flavor taste worse.

It’s definitely not a bad tea. The more sips I taste the more I seem to like it, but it just still doesn’t grab me, it’s still a little hot though so my tongue is probably not catching all the flavors.

Ah yes, as it cools down the flavor definitely is more potent, and I like the tea quite a bit. The flavor of the rose petal is quite odd though making this a tea I most likely would never drink or purchase in the future.

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So I went and got the Golden Moon sampler, and this is the first tea I’m trying from it!

The flavor is very subtle, but the taste itself is sort of odd. It doesn’t scream oolong to me, but I don’t really know exactly what it does taste like. It’s very soothing to my stomach though, making it a great choice after dinner, but the aftertaste is a little odd. Like others have mentioned, it has sort of a buttery mouth watering taste, but I’m not really liking that too much

Well, as it slowly gets a more warm temperature I’m tasting more flavors. I think I really do have a cat’s tounge! Still, it just seems like it’s lacking something.

Edit. Second & third steeps were much better. Definitely increasing the score. It’s not something I’d purchase a whole lot of… but man my body feels so much better after drinking this tea. Yay for the power of oolong!

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As part of my midnight snack I decided to brew some of this for myself. I heated up the kettle, and then i poured it in and I noticed that I was pouring tea into my teamaker! My mother had made Matcha and left it in the teapot. So, instead of a normal cup of Emerald bamboo Forest I have this weird mix.

It’s actually not that bad. I still taste the fruity-ness from the emerald bamboo forest, but every now and then i get a big kick of matcha flavor. Not the greatest tea, but for an accidental occurrence, I’m glad that It’s drinkable! Emerald bamboo forest had a very subtle flavor that with the strong flavor of the green tea it works quite well! Sill, don’t think I’ll seek out this mix again in the future.

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Now that I’m at home for the week, I don’t have my coffee maker, and have been getting major headaches from caffine withdrawl. Good thing I have this tea!

It came out perfect. with a splash of milk, and tiny bit of splenda, this is really a great coffee substitute. There’s a reason this was my introduction to the world of loose teas ;) though the taste of the tea is great, without the sugar it feels just a little too watery, and maybe that’s just because the coffee-lover in me is expecting more body from a taste like this.

I do just love the chocolate matevana taste mixed with the rooibos chai. It’s got a kick with the chai and such a sweet flavor from the mate. Teavana wins with this mix, for sure.

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I remembered my best friend had left this tea at my house (since I have a better loose tea maker) and I decided to selfishly brew some for myself while I have the chance.

It seems a little bland, i’m not sure if I let the water get hot enough before steeping. I can taste the green tea, but hardly any of the fruity flavors that I expected. I expected more of a Pineapple flavor, but instead the flower flavor is more potent. From what I am tasting, it’s good, but I would like a stronger taste. Next time I brew this I will have to use either more leaves, or steep for a longer time.

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As a late christmas present, my sister bought me a tea mug. Not so surprising, but it was quite adorable and I was dying to drink some tea with it, but since my Teavana Tea maker is being intensely washed I couldn’t make any loose teas. :( But rummaging through my moms tea I found this! Not sure how old it is, definitely more than a year or so… but here goes!

A typical oolong taste, but the pomegranate adds such a subtle sweetness to it it’s great. Even without using sugar this time around, I’m enjoying it a lot. Though, I think a little sugar would be perfect with it. I think the tea might have lost some of it’s flavor, since it feels a little bland this time around. I’m sure the flavor would be more potent if it were fresher tea. I remember this tea tasting much better when I drank it a while back.

But it only helps to remind me that I am in dire need of visiting the Harney store. Maybe on my way back to school i’ll stop by and grab some of this tea for later ;)

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In the midst of studying for finals, I needed a soothing tea to counter all the junk snack food and coffee i’ve been consuming, and Emerald Bamboo Forest was my choice.

Even though the tea smell before brewing is very potent, and seems like it will be tart, it is actually quite the opposite. The taste is very subtle, but I do love the pink color that it turns into! I don’t taste much of white tea in it, but the fruity flavors are very nice.

I get this nagging feeling i’m not brewing it though, or is it supposed to be a very subtle taste? Maybe I should try longer than 2 minutes next time just to see. Still, a very enjoyable and relaxing tea for any day.

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
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I bought this tea last year (so before the upgrade) and all I can say is that I wish I had bought less than 4oz. Now I’m down to my last ounce, and I just can’t bring myself to drink anymore of it. Now, I don’t mind the smell—i love cherries! The taste of this tea is what bothers me.

No matter how hard I tried to not over-steep, the tea always came out bitter, extremely bitter. Usually I sweeten my tea with rock sugar, but sometimes this tea comes out so bad I have to pull out an equal…or two just to make it somewhat drinkable.

Some days it tastes better than others , but I have never eagerly made this tea. Mainly, I just keep making it to use it up to make room to buy my next tea.


I hate when that happens (tea fatigue)…

Have you tried using less leaf or decreasing the temperature? That sometimes helps me make bitter teas more bearable :)

Kathryn Ann

Cofftea, thanks for the heads up! I don’t have enough of Snow Geisha left to do that, but I’ll keep that in mind for future buys that I dislike.

Shanti, I’ve tried decreasing the temperature, next time I’ll try to use less leaves too. Thanks for the tip!


Kathryn, there is no minimum requirement.

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Daily tea drinker.

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, there is a cup of tea in my hands. I love all teas, but white and oolong are my favorites. I tend to find one tea and drink it every day until I run out (or get sick of it).

There’s not much variety in what I drink, so tasting notes are few and far inbetween. I try to log every tea I drink at least once… and if I spend to much time perusing the many teas all you lovely people drink I would surely go broke trying to drink them all.



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