Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea
Smoooth. And Something Of A Paradox. You, too?
Mood: For the free spirit living in a proper society
Time: Traditionally taken in the morning or afternoon, but break free and enjoy anytime.
Cuisine: Delightful with toast and strawberry preserves. An excellent afternoon tea to serve to guests with cream cheese sandwiches, scones, and fresh or dried fruit.
Price Per Cup: .11-.20
This treasured Golden Moon recipe was hand-delivered (at great risk – but that’s another story for another day) by a Chinese tea trader to 19th Century British Prime Minister Earl Grey.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and probably again sometime in the not so distant future!): I LOVE Earl Grey tea. Something else that I’ve said before (and, I’m saying again) is that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal. Some tea purveyors skimp when it comes to the quality of the bergamot flavoring or the tea used in the blend – which results in a less than delightful cuppa Earl Grey.
That is NOT the case with Golden Moon Tea with their extraordinary Tippy Earl Grey tea. Which is fortunate for me as I sit here sipping on this delicious tea.
The black tea base is brisk, bold and bright. The leaves are large and tippy (hence the name), and their exceptional quality shines through in this blend. You can taste the quality here.
The pungent bergamot flavoring is a pleasant citrus flavor and is pleasantly accented with a touch of lavender. The lavender isn’t strong in this cup – but it is just enough to play upon the floral notes of the bergamot. Yes, I know that a bergamot is an orange, but there is a decidedly floral aspect about its flavor that makes it unlike any other citrus fruit I’ve ever encountered.
And yet, it doesn’t taste perfume-y, which can occasionally be the case when it comes to Earl Grey (remember that bit before about not all Earl Grey teas are created equal?) The flavor is floral, fruity, and very smooth. This is a very pleasant cup of Earl Grey tea.
I would recommend this Earl Grey to Earl Grey connoisseurs as well as those who think they dislike Earl Grey tea (probably because they’ve once tried one of those not-so-equal Earl Grey teas). This is a remarkable Earl Grey, definitely worth trying. I’m loving it!