|"For me, the cup delivered what website promised---a decent quality black tea that was balanced with friendly bergamot and lavender. The bergamot makes this very refreshing and provides a perfect citrusy taste followed by a friendly, relaxing lavender aftertaste."|
Earl Grey teas are a scary thing to me. I have found a few that were very well done and I enjoyed a lot, but there are a lot of clunkers out there---some are just plain gross. Golden Moon's website sells this tea as being a higher quality tea that has a good balance of citrus and bergamot. Golden Moon feels that their blend is superior because many Earl Grey teas use a very strong bergamot to cover poor tea quality. I am hoping that is the case with this blend.
My sample is very aromatic with the bergamot and lavender, and it also has a fair number of tips. I brought my water to a boil and allowed it to cool a bit per Golden Moon's suggestion and steeped for 4 min. The aroma coming from my cup was quite pleasing to me---smelling mostly like black tea with a light, refreshing bergamot smell.
For me, the cup delivered what website promised---a decent quality black tea that was balanced with friendly bergamot and lavender. The bergamot makes this very refreshing and provides a perfect citrusy taste followed by a friendly, relaxing lavender aftertaste. This is the type tea you might have in a swanky spa on the Mediterranean. You would drink this in your white terry robe on a little patio after your massage. The citrus came up even a little more with the addition of some sugar. I could taste tea and this was not overpowered by the bergamot or the lavender. Golden Moon says that you can get multiple infusions out of this, and I was able to enjoy a very nice second infusion and I think this would stand up for a third.
This is the first non-creme Earl Grey that I have considered purchasing. I have a new-found appreciation for Earl Grey after drinking this. This is a perfect Earl Grey for those who are new to the blend or those wanting a less overpowering blend.
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