Tippy Earl Grey

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From Golden Moon Tea

Tippy Earl Grey is Better Earl Grey

It’s difficult to improve upon a tea so revered as Earl Grey. But we believe we’ve done so, in creating a Tippy Earl Grey that takes the traditional and adds layers.

To start, the base of our Earl Grey contains substantially more tips than others. This requires meticulous plucking, and lends a unending complexity to your cup.

Then, we add not just the traditional oil of bergamot, but fresh, fresh lavender that blends sublimely with the citrus of the former.

All real reasons many open-minded connoisseurs of Earl Grey claim that Golden Moon’s Tippy is the best Earl Grey they’ve ever sipped.

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Golden Moon is dedicated to offering outstanding, whole-leaf teas of the greatest quality and finesse. All Golden Moon Teas are hand-plucked and meticulously crafted to enhance leaf character, aroma, color, clarity, body, complexity, and above all, flavor.

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The much anticipated tea that I won from the SororiTEA Sisters blog (run by our very own Steepsterites – LiberTEAS and TeaEqualsBliss) arrived today! That was extremely fast – great customer service from Golden Moon.

On to the tea:
I was a bit afraid of this tea because Earl Grey can easily become perfume and because I was afraid the lavender would be too floral. The scent of the dry tea was reassuring because it definitely wasn’t the strongest bergamot Earl Grey I’ve come across. After brewing, the tea was a medium brown and the bergamot/lavender scents were present, but muted. Taken plain, the tea is quite serviceable and smooth with the lavender and bergamot blending nicely with the medium strength black tea base.

I love drinking Earl Grey in the mornings, so for this tea to be suitable as a breakfast tea it had to pass the milk and sugar test. The additions nicely complement but do not overpower any of the flavors present in the tea. This will be nice with breakfast.

I want to thank LiberTEAS and TeaEqualsBliss for their entertaining blog that allowed me the opportunity to win this giveaway. I’m very glad that the giveaway tea was such a great one. I think that any Earl Grey fan would love this and I also think that people who don’t love Earl Grey because of the perfume-like aspect would appreciate this.

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WOOT!!! Congrats on winning this tea!


That was incredibly fast! I’m glad that you’re enjoying your tea! Congrats!


I just rec’d some of this from another blog contest. Glad to know it’s not too perfumey! I haven’t opened it yet because I have too many open teas I really should drink first.

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I love Earl Grey in the morning – it really invigorates! The aroma, the flavor – it really gets me going!

I really like this blend a lot. The lavender is nice. Smooth and very delicious.

By the way – we (the SororiTEA Sisters) will be giving away a tin of this next week! Details coming soon!


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i have to ask, sorry if it comes out rude: every blogger (tea and not) seems to get this tea to give away from GM – I wonder why this one? is it their best know? most liked? cheapest?


It didn’t come out rude :)

I don’t know why that is, but coming from the perspective of a tea vendor, I would think that it’s probably because Earl Grey is a classic flavor that just about any tea lover can identify and most tea lovers will appreciate? I really don’t know their motives, so I’m just speculating … and I’m just very happy that they’re offering to sponsor a giveaway on our blog! :)


it is very nice of them :) i am glad i got the sampler because they have so many yummy teas, I wonder if it’s for SEO reasons…hmmm

and you like it so it must be a pretty good pick anyway!

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Finishing up a cup of this. I still have a LOT of it so I will donate to BOX B since it was lost.

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I am trying to do some sample stashbusting for the rest of this week! Lets see how many samples I can get through before I move.

I had a sample of this before, but another sample pouch of this came to me via Infusin_Susan, I believe. I really liked this one before and am interested to see how it comes off now, since my tastes have changed quite a bit from the last time I tried this.

I have to say that whereas once was quite a fan of this, now it’s decent but not great. I don’t know what to point out except that I don’t think I am really that much of a lavender fan. That said the lavender in this is light and not soapy, which helps its cause a lot. I think it is partly the base that I no longer care for so much; it has a particular flavor that I am just not digging. But it is still a drinkable cup and I am enjoying it.

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I read your post with interest, since this was one of the first loose Earl Grey teas I have tried as part of a sample pack, and I enjoyed it a lot then. Since then, I have sampled many more Earl Greys and have a new favorite. Have you figured out what your favorite is?


I have searched through many Earls looking for my favorite! Right now it’s Lupicia’s Earl Grey. I also quite like Dammann Freres’ Earl Grey avec fleurs, though it is a slightly lighter bergamot than I usually go for. When I want a lot of bergamot I will go for Todd & Holland’s Double Bergamot, but the Lupicia one is so well balanced.

Donna A

Thanks. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is on my shopping list.

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Random Selection from Golden Moon Tea Sampler—perhaps #18? I have lost count.

I had read the reviews of this previously and when I opened the package I was initially enchanted by the aroma. At last a Golden Moon Tea sample with some real character—which I have not seen since their wonderful Melon tea. Then I thought of a comment that Rabs had made about how this dry tea smells like Pledge furniture polish—-the thought popped into my head—I had read her review but it seemed like a long time ago.

So there i was with the proverbial mixed emotions: wanting to try a tea that kept oscillating in aroma between a good strong bergamot and Pledge. A sequence of ancient Pledge commercials paraded before my eyes and then led to a vision of that Ty-D-Bowl guy—-a miniature of the actor who played Murray on the Mary Tyler Moore Show—navigating the waters of a toilet on a small raft singing an eerily awful prototype of a raggastan number.

So I had digressed mentally but my nose had ferreted more deeply into the aroma and I was set to enjoy the tea—visions of New Lemon Pledge and Ty-D-Bowl notwithstanding. (The thing about popular culture is that it wraps itself around society including those virtuous people who don’t watch television but yet have somehow learned by magical Osmosis that Cyndi Lauper and Sharon Osbourne are on the Celebrity Apprentice kow-towing to Donald Trump—-and yet there was not one single mention of Britain’s parliamentary elections of yesterday in my local newspaper).

Another digression. The brew was a fairly decent Earl Grey but not one that made me want to sit up and salute. It’s a good Earl Grey but I continue to search for the definitive Earl Grey that I will want to always keep in my cupboard. There are a couple of candidates thus far, but this one just does not quite make it—sort of like the political parties in England—there is no clear winner yet and I will keep on trying Earl Grey teas but I don’t think I will end up with this as my standard of Earl Grey Excellence.

Not at all a bad effort, just not a stunner.

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I was both horrified and laughing so hard while reading your note. Sorry to have implanted such a negative association regarding a tea. But your digressions were brilliant. I am so happy that you were able to move beyond my neophyte earl grey nose!


I’m still adjusting to new media shifts myself … teenager never watches TV, but has introduced us to a plethora of cult-hit Internet-only videos and sing-along blogs (anybody ever see Dr. Horrible)? Smiling at your cleaning-product description.


I’m a HUGE Dr. Horrible fan! And pretty much a fan of all things Joss Whedon :)


Sigh, sadly I could not get over my initial soap impressions like you did. I tried! but I failed. On the plus side, I have no idea what Celebrity Apprentice is. I doubt I’d care though. Dr. Horrible on the other hand, is awesome.


Not only are y’all educating me about tea, you’re educating me about pop culture!


Ewa, it’s Apprentice, but with celebrities. Bwahahaha.


nooooooo, I have been contaminated with mainstream pop culture knowledge!
(see, Dr. Horrible is ok because it is geek pop culture knowledge)


Douton, have you tried Earl Grey Supreme by Harney and Sons? In the book he says it is black, oolong, and silver tip tea blended together. It is my favorite Earl Grey thus far.


By the way, another Dr. Horrible/Firefly fan here!

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This tea and I are becoming such good friends it is on the border of being ridiculous.

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I say, the best kind of tea is the ridiculous kind!



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Dear the Earl of Grey,

We have such a complicated relationship, and it’s really beginning to make my head spin. I’m not sure if we should break it off or not. I keep coming back for more, but instead of embracing me in your earl-y arms, you just forsake me, and leave me weeping, begging for a cup of something else.

I had faith that today you would be a bit less moody than normal. After all, Golden Moon blends you with the the tips of black tea, and lavender. I figured you’d be complex and mysterious and intriguing. That your bergamot would blend with your black and that for once, everything would be copacetic.

So, with slight anticipation (because I’ve been let down by you so many times before), I steeped a cup. Your leaves this time were quite gorgeous, with lovely golds and browns and greens. And you smelled absolutely delicious this morning – more on the floral side of bergamot than the citrus side.

The infusion today was red and copper, a beautiful color. And the smell coming from the steeped cup was more black tea toasty-ness than actual bergamot. Could it be? Were you ready to embrace me with open arms?

Mr. Grey, I have to say, you were quite tolerable today. But still heavily disappointing, just because I was expecting you to be that much better. I think the lavender smoothed out your rough edges, and took a bite out of your bergamot sharpness. Although I couldn’t taste the lavender component of the tea, there was a soothing feeling about you today. Your black base was definitely more delicious than usual, and a bit more complex than normal. But then your bergamot flavors had to invade and ruin the party. Granted, you weren’t as bitter or abrasive today. You were almost soothing. But there’s still something off between us.

Maybe we’re just not meant to be together. Yet I’m still attracted to your tweed and monocle. I just can’t help myself. Maybe our next date will be better.


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Certainly by now you should have realized, Mister Grey’s personality just doesn’t match yours ;) j/k I’m sure you’ll find the right Mister Grey…… some day.


I’ve seen some place that had about 4 different EGs – straight EGs, not Lady Greys or other adaptations. But all of them were different because they used a different tea base. One did Keemun, one Yunnan, one maybe Assam and one was a blend? Something like that (the Keemun and Yunnan were the only ones that stuck in my mind, well, that and the high number of normal EGs they had). Anyway, I seriously want to try ones that I know have different bases to see how they compare. I’m sure I bookmarked the teas but, alas, they have been lost in my HUNDREDS of tea bookmarks. One day I will find them again and perhaps we can have and EG tasting party!


PS – I totally pictured you on the cover of a bodice-ripper-esque romance while reading this.


TWG has a bunch, I believe!
Breakfast Earl Grey
Earl Grey Fortune
Smoky Earl Grey
Earl Grey Gentleman
English Earl Grey
French Earl Grey
Earl Grey Theine Free
Earl Grey Buddha
Earl Grey d’Amour

Don’t ask me what they even mean, but D+D right near me has the Gentleman blend.


OMG. Want to try them all!!!


I’ve always loved Earl Grey…with milk and a tiny bit of sweet…and now that I’m spending a lot more of my time thinking about my tea, I wonder if that love affair will continue, or turn to brass in comparison to what my tongue learns is out there. Sad! This review was great though. :D


I’m sorry, but I have to agree with Auggy on the bodice ripper comment. Consequently, when you got to “bergamot sharpness” I almost choked on a laugh. Go ahead and stroke his tweed, dear, just don’t let him get at you with his…pipe.

Errrg, sorry. I have been reading so many logs and it is getting late.

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I chose this one today because the moment I’ve been waiting for for three years has come!!! My lavender plant that I raised from seed IS READY TO FLOWER!!!! Yaaay!!!!!!

I wanted to drink this one without milk (I’m at work, plus I thought lavender and milk would be…not so good. I think this is where I screwed up the rose tea and made Rose Milk Lotion – shudder! Anyway!) so I brewed it slightly under boiling and for only 3 minutes.

It’s really nice! The black tea base has no bitterness brewed like this, and the lavender with the bergamot is not overpowering – just a good old fashioned fruit and floral. This is one of those teas that I would probably only want to have every now and again, when I’m in my nostalgic moods. Since this is the first I’ve tasted, I’d like to taste around a little… if you’ve tasted one from another company that you thought was stellar, I’d love to hear your recommendation!

I did a second steep at 5 minutes and it’s very similar to the first. Mmmm! I also think this would be spectacular iced.

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Kudos on your plant-raising savvy. I envy green thumbs, but am too lazy to cultivate my own!


Congrats to the proud mama of Baby Lavender Plant!

I have a similar blend in my cupboard — Buckingham Palace Garden Party — but I confess I’ve drunk it only once so far. I tried it with milk, and have to agree that these flowery blends are usually better without it. In fact, I ended up giving my bag of China Rose Congou to a rose-loving friend after realizing it would never taste quite right with milk.


Hooray for some joyful plant life when you’ve had some recent plant sorrow!

I’m glad that you enjoyed this tea (whereas I had a totally different experience). I have a sample of the Buckingham Palace Garden Party that I’m dying to try. I’ll have to do that tomorrow!

And my favorite Earl Grey so far is my “Ultimate Girlie Fou-Fou” Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc. But I’m such an Earl Grey noob that I don’t know if I’m the best to recommend an EG.


Congrats on your impending new addition!

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Sipdown technically, although I am going to try and resteep this time. (123) When I like something enough to have two cups in a row (or two cups in a day, period), it’s something special. This time I overleafed and put some milk in—lemon in EGs isn’t my favorite, but I do like them with milk.

This one holds up to milk well—it brings out the bergamot more and blends with the lavender to make the whole cup more smooth. Very nice!

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My first tea of 2010. Go me. No specific reason for having this one. Just because I can.

This smells nice. Fresh, citrus-y, lavender-y and a little… sweetly spicy (probably the lavender again?). The taste doesn’t quite come across to me as rich as the smell. The lavender is more pronounced and the citrus not quite as juicy as I’d like. There is a little tingle left on the tip of my tongue that matches up to the sweet spicy smell. I do enjoy that.

The overall taste is smooth and a little sweet but a nice, warming finish. I might have enjoyed this brewed longer for a more robust taste, though. But I think the lavender will always hold it back just a little for me. Don’t get me wrong, I like lavender EGs, but I think they do best to gentle a not-so-good EG. Have a bad EG? It’s gross. Have a bad EG with lavender? Suddenly it is much better.

I think I would have liked to see what Golden Moon could have done with a straight EG. But at the same time, the few sips of EG I had at the London Tea Room (stolen from the husband) were really what I wanted in an EG. Strong bergamot with a juicy, fresh taste. And this one just seems a little pale in comparison to the memory of that one. That being said, this is a pretty good EG. If I had a tin of this, I don’t think I’d have any problems drinking it up. But it’s not the fresh-squeezed-EG taste that I’m really wanting.

I did have enough for the husband to have his own cup. He is a fan, he says. He also compared it to the EG he had at the London Tea Room (which was Rishi) but says this one is sweeter and has a hint less citrus. That’s probably because of the softening factor of the lavender. Anyway, I think he’d be happy if we had a tin of this laying around.

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I would have definitely drank this had it been in my cupboard. Get tippy w/o getting tippy:)


I’m really excited to try this when the GM sampler shows up. I think I’ll like it.


It really is an awesome sampler. They’ve got some really great teas. They miss the mark on a couple (sencha and the organic green come to mind) but I’ve got at least four teas that I want full tins of and I still have about 12 more teas to try! I really wish other vendors did a full catalog sampler too because it’s really awesome.


I wouldn’t mind having a tin of this either. I actually like it because of it’s lighter bergamot flavor. Agreed, it’s more fun with a full catalog. Sammmmoooovarrrr!


I want to try some other teas before I start on GM because I’m afraid that this is going to be one of those things I want to see all the way through without stopping. Looks like I’ve got some serious tea drinking to do over the next couple of days. I’m fine with that.

@Ricky Hah. I sincerely doubt that’s going to happen, but feel free to keep dreaming!


@takgoti You are ridiculous. I’m not sure why but that idea makes me laugh really hard.


@takgoti- I agree! I get on “kicks” very easily. I’m going to have to force myself to drink my Den’s and O-cha matcha between my mandarin matcha or it’ll be gone before I know it.


@Micah Hahaha! Well, I mean, not like all in one day. Now you’ve got me laughing too.

@Cofftea The biggest danger with me is that I overload myself with something and then I get sick of it. Luckily with GM I don’t see that being a problem since it’s 31 different teas, not 31 of the same tea. I think it’s more my completionist side kicking in than anything else.

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