Review: Golden Tips Tea Castleton Moonlight

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Thumbs up!"The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.4/10
Your Reviews: 4.3/10
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I have a few companies I like to buy Darjeeling teas from, and this year I decided to give Golden Tips Tea a shot, putting in an order for first flush teas. I’ve gotten a few samples through Teaviews, and I’ve been happy so far, so I thought I would take the plunge. They included a few free samples, so now I’ve gotten to try quite a few teas.

This tea has light, small leaves strewn with some tippy buds. My first brew is one tablespoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish. It has underlying notes of hay and mild veggie. It’s very unique, very interesting, but also very bitter. I don’t mind some bitterness in my Darjeelings; in fact, I prefer to have a hint of bitter to add to the depth, but this is a bit much for my taste.

My second infusion is more aromatic than flavourful. It’s much less bitter, but still unique as the bitterness doesn’t overpower the hay and fruit notes as much as the first steep. I actually prefer this to the first infusion, although both steeps have an odd alcohol-like scent. Since this steep has mellowed so much, even though it’s good, I don’t try for a third infusion.

While it’s a good tea, I have had at least a dozen or so from Golden Tips that I have preferred. And for that reason, I honestly wouldn’t buy it. If I was putting together another order from this company, something I will probably do again, this leaf won’t be on the list. It’s interesting, but it isn’t for me.

— To purchase Golden Tips Tea Castleton Moonlight, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
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Review: Plum Deluxe Reading Nook Blend

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Thumbs up!"Rose and lavender are two of my absolute favorite flavors in tea, to bring the two together is fabulous. "
Emma’s Teaview: 7/10
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plumdeluxereadingnookPlum Deluxe is a tea company based in Portland, Oregon. The company was created in the memory of the founder’s mother, who taught him to make moments each day that matter. Plum Deluxe exists to help the tea drinker decide which moments really matter. All of their teas are organic as well, which is great as pesticides on/in tea leaves make me wonder about their health properties.

The company notes that most customers tell them that this blend is their prettiest tea. While I love the flavor, I have  say that the tea doesn’t look anything like the photo! The chamomile is basically ground up (in my sample, at least) and I had a rough time steeping it. Be prepared to use a very small mesh strainer with this one. Though, as this is the reading nook blend, and meant to be drunk with friends, perhaps a dainty English tea strainer is part of the whimsy.

I do love this tea all on its own. I tend to enjoy all of my tea straight up, and this is no exception. I find that all floral teas are so delicate that any sort of intervention will either completely detract from the flavors, or enhance them beautifully. This tea falls to the former. Rose and lavender are two of my absolute favorite flavors in tea, to bring the two together is fabulous. Steeped, the tea smells predominantly of rose and black tea, with notes of lavender and chamomile. It tastes light and smooth, very floral and calming. I love it any time of the day.

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Review: Doehi Tea White Grape

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Thumbs up!"The white tea shines at the start, and the grape comes through more in the aftertaste."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.4/10
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doehiwhitegrapeDoehi Tea specialises in blended teas, which is, admittedly, lately not usually my cup of tea. That coupled with their difficult to use website and the fact that they don’t ship internationally means I’m not particularly excited about this company, so you might ask why I would ask to sample one of their teas. I may not be too excited about Doehi in general, but I’ve always been a sucker for uniquely flavoured teas, and I can’t think of a single grape flavoured tea I’ve had. I’ve had lots of teas with notes of grape or muscatel or wine, but none that I recall that were distinctly grape flavoured, so I had to try this.

I dig around on the website for awhile, and there’s no “white tea” or “flavored white tea” section, unsurprising as this looks to be currently the company’s only white tea, so it takes me a while to find this tea under the “decaf tea” section. I have no idea if it’s decaf or not, but at this point I’m happy I found it, and I don’t much care. The leaves are beautiful white peony with blue flower petals. The website says the tea includes blackcurrants and rose hip peel, but I don’t see either. They smell strongly, deliciously of grapes, and I brew according to their recommendations: Two teaspoons per cup, 185°, three minutes.

The brewed cup smells milder than the dry with the addition of a hint of earthiness. The taste is surprising, with the grape much milder than I expected. Initially I’m disappointed the flavour isn’t more grapey, but soon I realise that I appreciate it being mild enough you can still taste the white tea underneath. The white tea shines at the start, and the grape comes through more in the aftertaste.

The white tea base is distinct and enjoyable. It’s earthy and slightly vegetal and balances the grape nicely. The grape is nicely fruity and surprisingly realistic. Overall, I’d say it’s not a brilliant cup, but it’s satisfactory and does what it says it will.

— To purchase Doehi Tea White Grape, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Dachi Tea Co. N°8 Scarlet Honey Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Amazingly reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch. In a good way."
CJ’s Teaview: 10/10
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dachihoneyoolongI’ll call this tea “No. 8.” It is the most mysterious, unusually flavored tea I’ve ever tried. A true testament to the versatility of oolongs.

The smell, even in the package was tangy…fruity and floral with strong notes of pineapple.

I brewed it in boiling water for two minutes and got an elegant, sweet, cup that sent me back to my childhood and a drink called “Hawaiian Punch.” (Apparently they still make it, but I never see it in my grocery store.)

Back in the day, Hawaiian Punch came in big cans that you had to puncture with a pointed can opener. Donny and Marie Osmond made commercials for it, it was full of sugar and artificial colors, and it turned your mouth red when you drank it.  Great fun!

This tea is a decidedly better beverage choice than that kiddie favorite. But the fact that it reminds me of carefree days when I didn’t worry about things like grams of sugar grams or FD and C Red is a plus.

The leaves provided three robust infusions. The third batch was less fruity, more floral, and just as flavorful as the first.

I rate this a 10

 

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