243 Tasting Notes
For some 15 (or more) years of my life, my wonderful neighbor went to Germany to visit her children for the spring months. While she was gone, we watched her home, brought in the mail and other things for her. She would always return with a box of Lebkuchen as a note of gratitude. What is Lebkuchen you ask? A wonderful German gingerbread cookie, rich and moist in texture with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange.
This tea mirrors those cookies. Brewed hot with no additives. It is rich, full-bodied, earthy and sweet. It blends the same ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus flavors of the cookie, though they may not be present in the tea, it is wonderful. The spices blend in perfect harmony with a note of chocolate to deliver a naturally sweet and truly delicious treat.Highly recommended.
Having only put a small dent in my Golden Moon Tea sampler, I figured it was time to really get to work on here. I must confess, that though I will try anything and usually do not have any trepidations about anything, I was a little nervous trying this. You should be happy to know, that my concern was unfounded!
The leaves smell sweet yet earthy. I brewed it hot, with no additives. The aroma of the brew smells fantastic: earthy and woodsy and like early spring when you are getting all sorts of fresh nature smells that you haven’t smelled in a long while because of winter. I’m rambling, but the scent is so difficult to describe. The taste somehow combines all of these different fragrant notes into a flavor: it is earthy with a little smoke and a little sweet.
Overall, this tea played to the senses, fantastic aroma both brewed and dry and delicious flavor.
I absolutely love this tea. It smells smoky and woodsy, like a campfire or fireplace on a cold winter night. The tea flavor is different though: there is a sweetness upfront, which melds into a piney-woodsy flavor. This is definitely a love it or leave it tea.
This was drank hot with no additives.
The smell of the dried leaves is spicy, but by this time, the batch I have is a few months old, so maybe it has calmed down a bit. It’s a black tea with additional spice and from my experience, I know that I will like this much more if I understeep. I brewed for three minutes instead of the usual five. The liquor is still very dark. The aroma is spiced black tea. As a precautionary measure, I add a pinch of rock sugar.
This is not bad. It is definitely spiced, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, the tea is a light black, not too strong in anyway. I believe the only way I do enjoy this at all is because I underbrewed it.
I think the best way to describe this tea is “gentle”.
The leaves smell of vanilla and black tea. The brewed tea (hot with no additives) smell again like vanilla with a hint of flora aroma. The taste is “gentle”. There is a slight vanilla flavor to the otherwise naturally sweet black tea. It is not overpowering, it is not artificial, it is not overly sweet (with nothing added) and it is not bitter, but the flavor is there, just slightly, again, “gentle”.
I think I wanted something more out of this tea, I wanted it to be slightly more vanilla or a stronger black with less vanilla, something stronger than gentle. Oh well.
Today called for a Matcha Smoothie.
Ingredients: Matcha from Teavana, milk (skim or 1%), Splenda/Sugar to taste, Dole Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries), Blender.
Recipe: I put in a 1/4 cup of the frozen mixed berries, 1/4 tsp Splenda, 4 ounces skim milk (cold), 4 ounces cold water, 1/4 tsp Matcha powder in the Magic Bullet blender cup, mixed for about a minute.
Makes a thick, frothy smoothie, tasted like ripe mixed berries and matcha. Fantastic.
For some reason, I legitimately thought this was coconut and mint. Apparently I did not read any descriptions whatsoever, just thought that it would be good. I guess I assumed it would be “choco” or “cocoa” if it meant chocolate, but you know what happens when you assume.
The tea leaves are long, soft and green. I say soft, because when pulling a pinch out of the tin, they almost feel damp, but on further inspection, it is just the leaves and the tiny cilia that grew on the green tea before it was harvested. Sorry for the science. Anyway, the tea smells minty and the faint odor of cooking chocolate, the bittersweet and milk chocolate blends you buy in quarter-size flat disks to melt to make confectionery treats covered in chocolate, hopefully you know what I am talking about.
The brewed tea smells like a decent blend, there is the green tea odor and then it smells like Junior Mints candy. The hot tea (hot with no sugar added) tastes like green tea with some chocolate and then the refreshing, minty, sweet-breath feel after you swallow the tea. As it cools, it loses all of these flavors and turns bitter, as if you over-steeped a green tea and allowed chocolate to burn in the bottom with little to no mint at all.
This unfortunate turn of events as the tea cools leads me to my usual conclusions. Either one, this brew probably would do better with a little bit of sugar, it does not need sweetness added, but I think that it would subdue the bitterness in the end. Or two, this has to go into a tea cozy or on a warmer or only be made in small amounts so as to always have it hot.
Overall, it was not bad, I enjoyed it while it was hot. Will try my own advice and let you know!
Tried this again this morning, brewed very quickly, about two minutes and added a few crystals of Rock Sugar. Still not where I want to be with this tea, still a little too bitter, still no notes of peach or cucumber. Going to have to keep playing with brew times and additives to get this right I think.
I know green and black blends can be very good, I am just hoping I can get this one to be where I really truly enjoy it.
The dried leaves are long, pretty oolong. They smell like a sweetened oolong with a light floral note. As the leaves infuse in the hot water, the fan out and release a light golden honey colored liquor. The aroma is intoxicating: sweet and slightly floral. I brewed this for the full three minutes with no sugar or any other additives. The taste mirrors the aroma, it is slightly sweet and difficult to describe. It is not a sugary sweet, it is not a honey sweet, and it is not a fruit sweet, it is a natural tea sweetness.
Absolutely delicious, unfortunately insanely expensive. I would say that it is an absolute must-try, as in it is worth the price.