Gong-Go Tea Review: Sinharaja – Golden Moon Tea

Gong-Go Rating:


Results: 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: Sinharaja

Type: Black

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

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

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Average number of infusions:  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 a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.  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 1,271 m (4,170 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 very 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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