Black Tea, Tea Tastings

Gong-Go Tea Review: Sinharaja – Golden Moon Tea

Gong-Go Rating:


Results:ย A delightful honey-sweet anytime tea worthy of your collection. Beautifully balanced to stand on its own without the need for milk or sugar to cut any bitterness. If you’ve never had a Ceylon (Sri Lanka) tea this is a great place to start.

Vendor: Golden Moon Tea

Tea:ย Sinharaja

Type: Black

Origin: Ceylon (Sri Lanka) grown near the Sinharaja Rainforest

Tasting:ย 13.3g / 200ยฐ/ 12oz / Steeped 10-15-20-25-30-35 Seconds

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Average number of infusions:ย  5


This was my first tea from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and I got nicely tea-drunk on it. The tea-art it inspired is some of my best (posting 12/6/18).

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Unfortunately, I can’t say much about its sourcing – Golden Moon Tea doesn’t get into specifics.

I can tell you it was grown near the Sinharaja Rain Forest that UNESCO has designated aย Biosphere Reserveย andย World Heritage Site.ย  Hatton, the largest city in the region is known as a tea producing center for Ceylon teas – I’m only assuming it came out from here though. For those that are tea-geeky about the finer details, the elevation of this area is around 1,271ย m (4,170ย ft). About 4% of the entire country’s land area is devoted to tea gardens that contribute 2% of its annual GDP.

Accustomed to the brisk nature of the Assam teas I normally drink, the mellow sweetness of this black tea was something entirely new for me. Needing to cut back on my sugar, I may be switching this out for my afternoon cuppa.

Once I started I couldn’t stop. The orange blossom honey and citrus notes had my mouth watering for more. If you accustomed to a daily sweet pick-me-up and your doctor keeps telling you to cut back on the sweets, this could be the answer. It’s well balanced without any astringency or bitterness. I absolutely loved it.

The only problem of note was the dry nose gave off only a veryย faint honeysuckle I could barely which I thought odd since I liked the taste so well.

Gong-Go Tasting

Dry Aroma:


A very faint honeysuckle.



Nice even leaf with a slight silver shimmer to it.



Beautiful orange blossom honey color and nose.



Delicate citrus body with orange blossom honey and honeysuckle finish

Mouth Feel:


Incredibly refreshing, leaving your mouth watering for more.

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :


Loved it and went straight for another cup

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:


Even better than the first and kept going for more

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:


Getting tea-drunk and picking up a slight woody mouth feel that is a bit drier

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-8:


Increased steep time to 50/60/70 seconds – lost most of the citrus notes and got dry

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