Review: Golden Moon Vanilla Mint

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Its OK"Mint teas are like soap operas: They're really popular and I can understand why, but I find them all too similar and simple for my tastes."
K’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 6.5/10, Laura gave it 8.5/10, Christine gave it 8.5/10
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vanilla_mint_big.jpgI have not tried any Golden Moon teas yet, but their website is attractive, and I have heard good things about several of their varieties.

Upon first inspection, this tea smelled mostly mint with a hint of vanilla, and most of the pieces were relatively small. This isn’t a big problem, but it means you have to be a bit more aware of what you use to steep this tea. As I’ve said before, I’m not big on mint teas, but they are good on occasion, and when I do have them, I prefer ones with a bit of a twist. This version of mint tea is still relatively simple, but it is just different enough to make it interesting.

Neither the mint nor the vanilla stood out too much and they blend extremely well together without overpowering the flavour of the tea itself. The mint flavour is refreshing, which makes this an excellent after-meal tea.

This is probably the best mint tea I have ever had, which poses a problem for me when it comes to reviewing it. I’m just can’t bring myself to love mint teas, so while this blends together well and tastes good, I can’t justify giving it an amazing review because it’s not my preference. Mint teas are like soap operas: They’re really popular and I can understand why, but I find them all too similar and simple for my tastes. I recommend this tea for anyone whose a mint tea fan, and please remind me in the future to avoid mint anything.

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Review: TeaGschwendner Green Coconut

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Thumbs up!"I sipped it when it was still quite hot and the initial taste was primarily that of green tea with a coconut aftertaste. The coconut flavor became more pronounced as the tea cooled and it tasted very natural to my palate."
Laura’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 8/10, Erika gave it 8.5/10
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green-coconut.jpgTeaGschwendner is a European company started in Germany in 1978. They seem to have high standards of quality and have an entire section on their website about their quality processes, which are fairly fascinating. They actually have their own lab that examines the tea leaves prior to making purchase decisions. They also have a huge part of their website dedicated to learning about tea. Check out their website and tea selection.

My sample looks beautiful as there is almost no dust from the Sencha green tea. There are also many small pieces of shredded coconut mixed nicely throughout. The initial aroma from the tea is very vegetal. I sipped it when it was still quite hot and the initial taste was primarily that of green tea with a coconut aftertaste. The coconut flavor became more pronounced as the tea cooled and it tasted very natural to my palate. However, in the marriage between the coconut and green tea this one is more heavy on the green tea than the coconut taste, which should definitely please some folks. I do think that using a little sweetener of choice is a good idea.

Overall, I like this tea and will definitely polish off every last leaf in my sample. I feel this is a quality flavored green tea, but I could personally stand for the coconut taste to be a little more pronounced. It is reasonably priced at $8.80 for 3.53 oz. Further, TeaGschwendner offers free SuperSaver shipping through UPS on purchases over $35 shipped within the continental United States. Looking forward to sampling more from TeaGschwendner.

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Review: JING Silver Needle White Tea

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Thumbs up!"As with just about any white tea (although I have had a few exceptions), this tea is very mellow in that the flavor is very muted and easy to take, nothing in-your-face about the flavor profile of this tea."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 8/10, Joe gave it 8.0/10, Nicole gave it 8.5/10, Dan gave it 8.5/10, Jamie gave it 8/10, Shaiha gave it 8.9/10, Kyle gave it 9.5/10
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jingsliverneedle.jpgIt has been quite a while since I have reviewed a white tea, so I was quite looking forward to reviewing Jing Tea’s Silver Needle. I have been quite impressed with the Jing website so far; it is artfully designed and contains helpful and useful information. The Silver Needle tea that I sampled came from the Fujian province of China and is described by Jing as being a very mellow and sweet tea. The loose leaves are characteristically soft and fuzzy. I steeped my leaves for a few minutes in 180-degree water to produce a very pale yellow tea; I guess it could be described as a diluted honey color. After just a few sips, I fully agreed with Jing’s website description of this tea. As with just about any white tea (although I have had a few exceptions), this tea is very mellow in that the flavor is very muted and easy to take, nothing in-your-face about the flavor profile of this tea. The sweetness is really a mix of melon and earthiness, which together are really quite tasty. The melon comes through very strong in the aroma as well. In all, I really enjoyed this tea, and it was a great way too get me back into the world of white teas, since I haven’t really dabbled there very much lately. This tea is an easy-drinking and relaxing beverage. Since it is low in caffiene, Jing’s Silver Needle is certainly not something you would want to drink for a morning pick-me-up. But if you’re having one of those lazy days (the kind where you lounge around in your pajamas and flip casually through the daily newspaper, with no intention of really getting anything done), this is an ideal tea accompaniment.

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Review: Summit Tea Seven Perfumes

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Thumbs up!"The fragrance, when poured, is high and bright, strongly floral, fruity, and with overtones of citrus. No bitterness mars this cup of black tea, either, which is probably my only hesitation and worry when drinking black teas."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 7/10
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summitsevenperfumes.jpgFor a long time, I assumed that black teas did not really agree with me. I enjoyed them years ago, but wasn’t tremendously adventurous in my explorations, due to economic and intellectual limitations that have eased up, somewhat, over the years since graduating from college. I will say that I still have a lot to learn in the realm of black teas, but consider it a pleasant and less vigorous process of learning than some others I’ve experienced!

A case in point…I recently sampled Summit Tea’s Seven Perfumes, a black tea blend, which was a real delight to the senses. Summit’s website is a nice one, easy to navigate and with fun descriptions of the tea (dare I say the descriptions are somewhat floral?). Here is the website’s take on their Seven Perfumes blend: This is a blend of China and Ceylon unsmoked teas. Both flowery and fruity this tea will charm the senses. Flavours of lemon, bergamot, fresh fig, lotus flowers, pitanga and peel of orange combine together for an amazing cup of tea. Petals of red and white roses add to its beauty. I’ve been trying to taste my teas and consider my own responses to them before reading specific descriptions at tea company’s websites, as it’s somewhat interesting at times to see how close or how far my own reactions may deviate or coincide with the online review. In this case, Summit and I were in very close agreement. Seven Perfumes is a highly fragrant tea, balancing pleasantly both the floral and the fruity. I could not have discerned all the different ingredients, I don’t think, even with time and practice, but the combination was wonderfully balanced and very enjoyable. The tea leaf, dried, is pretty, with the addition of rose petals to the mix. Brewed, the coloration of the tea is rich and chestnutty, light and pleasant of scent. The fragrance, when poured, is high and bright, strongly floral, fruity, and with overtones of citrus. No bitterness mars this cup of black tea, either, which is probably my only hesitation and worry when drinking black teas. Something else enjoyable about this tea is that the levels of the floral and the fruity seem well suited to one another, you won’t get the sensation that you are awash in some overly piquant perfume, so strong that it knocks three of your five senses for a loop. Summit’s blend brews a pleasant cup.

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Review: Golden Moon Sugar Caramel Oolong

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Its OK"While I can't say that this tea tasted like caramel, I did enjoy the taste of this tea very much. To me, it tasted almost exactly like a chocolate covered cherry. It was very sweet, and I only added just a bit of sweetener, as you can easily over sweeten this tea."
Barbara’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 8/10, Nicole gave it 10/10, Cindy gave it 7/10, Shelly gave it 6/10, Lea gave it 6/10, Tiffany gave it 7.5/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Numi gave it 7.5/10, Kari gave it 8/10, Laura gave it 6/10
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golden-moon-sugar-caramel-o.jpgGolden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong had piqued my curiosity. So I decided to brew a few cups. My first experience left me with a lovely golden and sweet cup of tea. I didn’t notice a distinct flavor of caramel, but I did notice that this tea had a very pleasant cherry taste, along with the sweet. I thought perhaps I didn’t brew this tea long enough, so with the second steeping time I went for a full 5 minutes. That didn’t help this tea to taste any more like caramel. It actually became very bitter with the extra steeping time.

I prefer this tea steeped for 3 minutes or less. That gives you a perfectly smooth tasting cup. While I can’t say that this tea tasted like caramel, I did enjoy the taste of this tea very much. To me, it tasted almost exactly like a chocolate covered cherry. It was very sweet, and I only added just a bit of sweetener, as you can easily over sweeten this tea. I can actually stand to drink this tea without sugar, and enjoy it very much. Not only does it taste like chocolate covered cherries, but it also smells like chocolate covered cherries. I sense a slight vanilla undertone as long as I don’t steep for to long.

Overall, I liked this tea. I would probably welcome a cup again. It isn’t my top favorite, but would help curb my sweet tooth.

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Review: Zhi Tea Ginger Peach Oolong

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Thumbs up!"While not quite like licking a peach can clean of contents, this blend is exceptional. I had it for three days straight prior to a work shift, smiling as I sipped."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Cindy gave it 10/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10, Lea gave it 7/10, Shelly gave it 9/10
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zhi-ginger-peach-oolong.jpgZhi Tea is three for three. Yes, that rhyme was on purpose. After lurking reluctance when first trying one of their teas, I can safely say their batting average is well above bronze par. But I’m done butchering sports metaphors…

The ingredients listed whole leaf oolong plus real peach and ginger pieces. Such a declaration made me wonder what fake pieces tasted like, let alone how one fakes a peach. But I digress.

A bit of personal history here: I love peaches. Love ’em. Canned or whole? Don’t care. One impractical habit I developed as a kid was swigging the juicy remnants from a used peach can. It’s better than it sounds, trust me. If this tea captured any of that nostalgia, I was in for a treat.

Prior to steeping, the leaves let off a pungent aroma of ginger lining a peachy center. A usually-strong oolong scent was missing, not that I cared. I brewed this up in 200-degree water, 3 teaspoons in 12 ounces, for four minutes. Once infused, the bronze liquor smelled similar to hot cider. Ginger and oolong took a swift backseat to the fruit-flanked taste.

While not quite like licking a peach can clean of contents, this blend is exceptional. I had it for three days straight prior to a work shift, smiling as I sipped. My burps tasted good too…er…though that wasn’t a requirement. This is – without exaggeration – the best oolong I’ve ever tasted.

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