Chinese Golden Pagoda

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From Happy Lucky's Tea House

Hand tied Black tea shaped like a Triangle Pagoda.
Malty and sweet.

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I stopped in at my tea pub again today…but I had a reason to drop by!
I had been to the doctor and was wilting from lack of tea! It was 3:30pm and I hadn’t eaten since 6:30am or had any tea (worse than no food) for many hours. So you see…? I had to!

Things were busy for a bit. I’ve become so familiar a face that after a few minutes at the bar, I began to say “ahum…hum..yoo hoo…I’d like to have tea today…” I got a smile, which happens with friends and I didn’t mind.
I wanted something new and different to drink. A dark and hefty tea.

Andy suggested China Golden Pagoda. “Oh,you’ve never had this? You’ll like this one,” he said with confidence.
“What’s that?” I proclaimed as Andy put the large tin of tea up to my nose to smell. Um, it was malty with hints of cocoa.
He pulled out some dry cones of tea that looked like smaller versions of Hershys Kisses. All pointy and fat bottomed. He said that each was hand tied. Looking closely I could see string lacing each into shape.

This tea was so cool!

When the steeping was done, Andy lifted the brew basket from the pot and handed me the wet leaves. They were brown sea urchin looking bundles. The scent was smoky and malty.

The liquor was reddish golden light brown.

When I tasted the tea I first noticed a dry splash of tannin across the roof of my mouth that was exciting. It felt like a dry sheet and wasn’t bitter or unpleasant. The flavor was malty but not smoky and had a yammy cocoa flavor sweet enough to drink straight.

I wanted something with this tea to kick it up a notch! It was good…but I wanted more.

In a glass case by the cash register were some goodies which I usually avoid. Today, I hadn’t eaten so I didn’t care about my diet!

I spoke up and asked for a large Ginger Molasses Cookie.
Do you have any idea what that Ginger Molasses Cookie tastes like with Malty, yammy, cocoa tea? Oh My Goodness!!! It was such a fantabulous paring! So, so… the zillions good!

I bought and ounce of the tea. (And I got a sample of Jasmine Silver Needle) And someone else took care of my pot of tea…Thank YOU!!!!

A side note.
I was talking with the Happy Luckys guys…about the Original Disneyland Main Street. The architect was from Fort Collins and Main Street U.S.A. in California is modeled after the buildings in our town.

The Firehouse (which is where Happy Lucky’s is located even down to having a firepole still inside) is where Walt Disney had his office.
It is the exact copy of where go to I drink my tea.

When I left with my little bag of tea, I walked around Old Town a bit, watching the crowds strolling about on a warm Friday night. People sitting at the numerous outdoor cafe’s and listening to the street musicians. A tuba trio, guitarists, a band, the outdoor pianos located around town. There’s a sidewalk sale going on with people shopping, sale tables and flowerpots filled to overflowing with color everywhere. I stopped in Savory Spice Shop to pick up some powdered Maple Sugar for my Lapsang Souchong tea, a Whole Spice Chai packet, and some Hickory Smoked Black Peppercorns. Then I stopped at the cheese shop for Powdered Tea encrusted Cheese with Bergamot and a strong Welsh Chedder.
Now I’m hungry!
Off home to watch a movie.

You might look around at this peaceful town and think there are no troubles in the World. It does seem like it. I wish it were so.


Can I move in with you? :P This all just sounds so wonderful


I do live alone….I know it’s hard when you don’t live where there’s a tea place. The alternative is to start a tea club or something. Or get good enough to have a little class. Then you teach other people and they get passionate about tea too. You don’t have to meet all the time. But you’d have someone to call on to drink tea with. You see my sweet Emilie. I don’t have any friends. Other than the tea shop, I don’t know anyone.
Where did you live in Colorado? And California? (I lived in mid Texas…hot…long time ago…Fort Hood 1969 very bad)


I’ll have to look into that. I’ve tried to get my friends into it, but they just think I’m too into tea. In Colorado, I was in Aurora, near Denver. But I was so little I don’t remember a lot about it. Just vague things like the snow and thunderstorms. And in California, I was in the Monterey Bay area. As for Texas, I’m in west Texas now, but I go to school near-ish Austin. I’m sure there’s some nice tea places there, but I’m not really close enough to just go look around and see.


Sounds like a very picturesque little place with neat little local shops! Bonnie, you have lots of Steepster friends!


Ah Monterey burr but so beautiful and the artichokes from Castroville! I lived 45minutes from there. Aurora is out from the mountains more like Denver so the weather isn’t as mild as where I live. They get more snow.Austin is nice. Tigress…yep I love my Steepster friends!


I love reading your reviews Bonnie ;) They are always filled with interesting imagery, great humor, and a warm heartfelt passion for the teas you are drinking. It’s always a pleasure to be whisked away by your reviews.. ;)


Thanks…I think I get whisked away too much many times!

Autumn Hearth

Okay, I think this is going to be an anniversary vacation (in a few years). Between the tea shops and the old town and the cheese, I’m sold. What time of year is the tea festival?


End of July in Boulder. Within 2 hours of here is Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder (Tea Festival), Rocky Mt. National Park (Has the most wildlife in the Continental U.S. they say), and here…! Well, I hope you like beer! This place has the New Belgium Brewery (Fat Tire) among others. Beer=food!

Autumn Hearth

I’ve been to Garden of the Gods and Rocky Mt. National Park when I was a teenager (but of course need to go back now) and my sister brought back Fat Tire when she lived in Montana when I was in college, do they also make the fabulous Franbosen that is more chocolatey and beer like that most of the raspberry llambics? But yes I do like beer and the outdoors!

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3294 tasting notes

Thanks to Bonnie for this lovely sample

First, the pagodas in this tea are SO cute! Hand tied, they are round & flat bottomed, then they rise to a point. They remind me of Hershey’s kisses, chocolate brown with streaks of gold. A mild smell of maltiness.

I brewed them in my little glass pot, so I could watch them come to life. (the package says 2 – 3, but I included 5, because they reminded me of Black Dragon Pearls, & I always use more then they say).
They floated, they swam a little, then they bloomed, like sea anemones, gradually sinking to the bottom.

I tasty, mildly chocolaty tea. I drank the first cup straight, 2nd steeping I added a little stevia. I’m gonna try for a 3rd cup.

Enjoy the morning!


I like to serve them to my grandsons…with milk and sugar they love them. They are like sea anemonies or urchins.

Terri HarpLady

thank you! I hope you’re having a lovely day!

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