Posts Tagged ‘Golden Moon Tea’

Everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Even more importantly, it is the retail shopping event of the year  and the kick-off for holiday shopping. But have you ever heard of Cyber Monday?  For you techy types, you are probably well aware of the term Cyber Monday. However, for those of you who are still in the dark…

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of e-commerce. It is the Monday following Thanksgiving and represents the kick-off of Internet holiday shopping. So if you missed Black Friday… No problem! Pull out your computer and begin e-tailing!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have compiled a list of fantastic tea companies, who in the spirit of holiday shopping are offering some awesome deals.  Find great gift-giving ideas for your friends, family and co-workers. Don’t forget to add a little something special in the shopping cart for yourself.

Let the shopping begin!

Company Name: Golden Moon Tea
Sales Event: Visit Golden Moon Tea and get 10% off all orders from November 27th – December 25th.
Promo Code: ESCAPADE (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.GoldenMoontea.com
Company Name: Kamelia Luxe
Sales Event: Get 15% discount on all black teas, which includes the whole StripTeas flagship line! Promotion runs November 26th – December 4th.
Promo Code: blackfriday
Company URL: http://www.originalstripteas.com
Company Name: thepuriTea
Sales Event: Now until 12/1, we’re offering 10% off on all orders and Free Shipping on order of $50 or more. Just in time for the holidays, thepuriTea Gift Box is now available. Choose from 6 different sets, designed for all kinds of Tea Lovers!
Promo Code: CYBMON09
Company URL: http://www.thepuritea.com
Company Name: Red Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% OFF all teas from November 26th – December 1st.
Promo Code: thanksgiving (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.redleaftea.com
Company Name: Teas Etc
Sales Event: Beginning November 26th – November 29th  11:59PM EST Teas Etc is taking 20% of everything with FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Promo Code: GIFT2009
Company URL: http://www.TeasEtc.com
Company Name: Tea Forte
Sales Event: *  Purchase our Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher and one box of Twelve-Over-Ice Iced teas for $39 from November 27th – December 1st.
Promo Code: Iced39 (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Six Free Exotics Duos with $100 purchase, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREEDUOS (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Free Solstice Cup & Saucer with purchase of Winter Solstice Gift Set, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREECUP (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.teaforte.com/
Company Name: Teavana
Sales Event: Shop Teavana’s Holiday Gift Center for Gifts with Meaning. Starting Thursday, 11/26 through Monday 11/30, receive a 2oz bag of Rooibos Rose Garden tea with any order at Teavana.com! As always, you can get Free Shipping on all Teavana orders over $50.
Promo Code: No coupon code is required
Company URL: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-with-Meaning/
Company Name: The Simple Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% off your order (before shipping and tax). Limit 1 per person now through midnight November 30th.
Promo Code: simple2009
Company URL: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com
Company Name: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co
Sales Event: All loose teas (14 new exclusively loose teas) 15% off from November 26th through December 1st.
Promo Code: THANKS09 (at check out)
Company URL: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com
Company Name: White Lion Tea
Sales Event: * Shop White Lion Tea for $1 shipping on all orders, any product, no minimum purchase from November 26th – 29th.
*  Receive a complimentary Winter Tea Sampler Gift Box with all orders of $150 or more from November 26th – December 18th.
Promo Code: No special codes or coupons necessary for either promo.
Company URL: http://www.whiteliontea.com
Company Name: Yogic Chai
Sales Event: Annual sales event, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase on November 26th.
Promo Code: Must visit website and sign up for Yogic Chai Newsletter
Company URL: http://www.yogicchai.com

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For the last week, I have been so engrossed with Yixing Teaware that I haven’t tried any new teas… that is until today. Not only have I not tasted anything new, my tea stash is getting perilously low as I have not purchased anything new either.  I have been contemplating some of the suggestions received from the “What’s New In Your Cup?”  – but that is the subject of another post. Nevertheless, let us discuss my new tea for the day… Imperial Formosa Oolong. Many thanks to Golden Moon Tea for the photo.

Composition: Silver-tipped oolong leaves, very simple – nothing more and nothing less.

Dry Visual: A mixture of brown and dark green curling leaves with hints of light green and tan leaves. Imperial Formosa Oolong looks like the Champagne Oolong I recently tasted and reviewed.

Dry Aroma: Overall the tea has an earthy smell with a distinct nutty quality.

Flavor: A very full-bodied tea, Imperial Formosa Oolong fills the mouth with flavor. This tea is somewhat dry – I’m starting to wonder if this is a characteristic of Oolongs and would love to hear another oolong drinker opine. I found Immperial Formosa Oolong to be naturally sweet with slight nutty undertones. One can enjoy Imperial Formosa Oolong with or without sweetener. My first infusion was enjoyed without sugar, honey, Stevia, or other artificial sweetner. I plan to add a little honey to my next infusion to taste the difference. Overall, the Imperial Formosa Oolong is delicious.

Liquor: A rich amber color.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 5 minutes and I brewed for 5.

Manufacturer: Golden Moon Tea

Caffeine: Yes.

If you are looking for a new Oolong, try Imperial Formosa Oolong. It is deliscious! Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Due to vacation, I missed last weeks “What’s New In Your Cup?” This week I am back and ready to share all the new things we’ve been drinking.

I have enjoyed several new teas during these last couple of weeks as I am sure you have as well. So getting to the point, let’s talk about tea…

1. Summer from Felicitea reported that she’s been drinking white tea with lychee fruit. I tried lychee fruit for the first time last month… delicious! Lychee fruit bursts with flavor in your mouth. It is juicy, refreshing and sweet. I can only imagine that this tea is yummy! Summer, you’ll have to provide us with the actual tea name and where it can be purchased. Additionally, Summer has been sipping away at iced Sloth Tea to get through the days. An oldie but goodie! I just tasted Sloth Tea for the first time over the weekend. The review is in progress.

2. Alexis from My Tea Cups was drinking… Formosa Nut Oolong tea from Teavana. “The flavor and aroma are nutty and warming. Would be perfect for a crisp fall morning.” Alexis also enjoyed Lemongreen from Tavalon Tea. “It’s incredibly refreshing, especially when iced. The lemongrass is spicy yet soothing.” Thanks Alexis for the updated information. The Nutty Oolong sounds wonderful and I am drinking my first lemongrass green tea today… it’s called Lemongreen. I can’t wait to review. Ironically it is the same tea you sampled last week.

3. Over the last couple of weeks I enjoyed Chief’s Delight by Native American Tea Company, Orchid Temple Oolong and Sugar Caramel Oolong both by Golden Moon Teas, and finally Darjeeling Goomtee (2nd Flush)by Tea Logic. I cannot say which I enjoyed the most as each one was distinctly different. Check out the reviews here on Tea Escapade.

Thanks for sharing what you have been drinking. I look forward to hearing “What’s New In You Cup?” this week. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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When leaving for vacation, I packed several Golden Moon Teas. No particular reason other than I am a last minute packer; therefore, I found myself zipping my bags a 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. This would not have been such a terrible thing if I did not have to wake up at 7:00 a.m. to prepare for our road-trip.

Nevertheless, my last tea review focused on Orchid Temple Oolong by Golden Moon and this review will share my experience with Sugar Caramel Oolong – also by Golden Moon.

Composition: Green Oolong leaves infused with sugar-caramel flavor.

Dry Visual: Various shades of green with hints of brown, Sugar Caramel Oolong reminds me of military camouflage. It is pressed into a ball-like form similar to gunpowder tea.

Dry Aroma: Very sweet like the smell of homemade caramel.

Flavor:  Sugar Caramel Oolong has a definite sweet flavor. Initially, I brewed according to the instructions, but found the tea did not have a robust enough flavor for my liking – thus I brewed an extra minute. Sugar Caramel Oolong can be enjoyed with or without sweetener; however, my definite preference is with sweetener. After adding honey, I could taste the sugar-caramel flavor. Immediately, I was reminded of the taste of burnt sugar found on creme brulee. What a treat!

Liquor: Golden brown – more gold and less brown.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 2-3 minutes. I first brewed for 3 minutes, but after tasting, found the need to brew for an additional minute.  
Manufacturer: Golden Moon Tea
Caffeine: Yes
If you like flavored teas you will certainly enjoy Sugar Caramel Oolong. This tea is enjoyable with dessert or as dessert to satisfy a sweet tooth. Until my next review… Happy Tea Drinking!

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It seems like an eternity since I last posted, even though it was only last week. I have been on vacation, so to speak. First my sister entered into holy matrimony last weekend. The nuptials were beautiful even though the event was held in a scary little Mississippi town called Clarksdale. The wedding was held in a church that shares a pastor with another church who is also the science teacher at the local junior high school. Talk about multi-tasking! Never-the-less, I survived the 10 hour drive talking to the hubby (my hubby), blasting the radio, and of course tasting new teas. On the way to hot and humid Mississippi, I enjoyed two cups of Orchid Temple Oolong.

Composition: Hand-crafted Oolong Tea of the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian.

Dry Visual: Very green, the color of the Orchid Temple Oolong reminds me of lush green grass. It is pressed into a ball-like form similar to gunpowder tea.

Dry Aroma: Definitely vegetal. I cannot think of another word to describe this tea.

Flavor:  Orchid Temple Oolong has a definite vegetal taste with slightly floral undertones. I was reminded more of a green tea when drinking this very flavorful tea. If my favorite green tea Genmaicha is not available, I would turn to the Orchid Temple Oolong. Containing a natural sweetness, the Orchid Temple Oolong can be enjoyed both with and without sweetener. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I drank half without and the other half with just a dab of honey.

Liquor: A very pale green – depending upon the light is almost yellow.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 2-3 minutes to wit I brewed for 3 minutes.  
Manufacturer: Golden Moon Tea

Caffeine: Yes

It is not my normal practice to photograph the wet tea leaves after brewing; however, when emptying my tea infuser, I could not help being amazed by the size, shape and caliber of the tea leaves. The large leaf in the picture to your right measured over two inches in length and about an inch wide.

I found Orchid Temple Oolong to be very enjoyable during my drive. I look forward to drinking more teas by Golden Moon Tea. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking! 

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Last week Steph W. was drinking Coconut Pouchong. This week, thanks to Steph W., so am I.  Imagine my excitement upon retrieving the mail to find samples of Coconut Pouchong waiting to be tasted. Once again, I decided to break my no caffeine in the evening rule. Nothing could stop me from giving this tea a whirl!

Composition: Grand Pouchong tea leaves and Essence of Coconut

Dry Visual: Beautiful, richly colored, loose forest green tea leaves with the occasional brown and yellow-green leaf mixed in the batch. 

Dry Aroma: Heavenly! The smell of coconut was both pervasive and sweet.
Flavor: Absolutely delicious. The Coconut Pouchong has a distinct naturally sweet coconut flavor. This tea left a clean taste in my mouth while “wowing” my taste buds. It is my normal custom to taste both with and without sweetener, however, I could not bring myself to add a drop of honey to this tea for fear of altering the coconut flavor.
Liquor: Very light green almost clear.
Brewing Time: Recommended 2-4 minutes in freshly boiled water, slightly cooled. I brewed for 4 minutes.
Manufacturer: Golden Moon Tea
Caffeine: Yes.

Special Note:  According to their website, Golden Moon Tea’s Coconut Pouchong flavored tea won the coveted first place “Best Green Tea” competition in the Ice Tea Shake Off competition held by the World Tea Expo on June 9, 2007. Coconut Pouchong is a best-selling blend known for its clean, tropical sweetness.

Thanks Steph for sending this tea. I had a great tea drinking experience, which was well worth breaking my no caffeine rule. For those of you who have never tried this award winning tea you are missing something wonderful. Until my next cup… Happy Tea Drinking!
What is Pouchong?
Pouchong is a very lightly oxidized tea somewhere between green tea and what is usually considered oolong tea, though often classified with the latter due to its lack of the sharper green tea flavours. It is produced mainly in Fujian, China, and in Pinglin Township nearTaipei, Taiwan.
Reference: Pouchong. (2008, April 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:28, May 9, 2008, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pouchong&oldid=204734129 

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