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drank Tippy Earl Grey by Golden Moon Tea
361 tasting notes

Wowsa. Orange Pledge dusting spray. That’s all I could smell when I cut open the sample bag and the bag was nowhere near my face. I just couldn’t believe that smell was coming from that tiny bag. So I did a tentative sniff and it was confirmed: Orange Pledge dusting spray. ::shudders::

I really hadn’t thought much of this sample until I read Ewa’s review and my curiosity was piqued. I mean, perhaps I could balance out that review since I’ve only smelled Earl Grey whilst preparing its bagged version for others. I am now trusting Ewa’s tastes in all things Earl Grey.

I woke up a little stuffy, but that smell did assault my sinuses into waking up a bit more. But I think that my stuffiness adds to the difficulty of my reviewing this one. It’s black tea-ish with fake orange smell, and something else that I couldn’t identify until I reread Ewa’s note: papery lavendar. Bizarre, but true. I’m on my second steep (yes, I’m sadistic) and I’m getting a teeny-tiny bit of sweetness – but lordy, my throat is starting to feel really rough. It’s like the astringency is going from the back of my mouth all the way down my neck. You know that unpleasant tingly feeling the underneath of your tongue gets that happens right before you blow chunks? Well, I’m actually getting that specific sensation, but without the fear of the usual followthrough. I’m not going to finish this second steep. Ick. GA

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ewa

Second steep!? I applaud your bravery.

Rabs

Bravery? Thanks, but it’s more Scrooge-like tendencies/insanity when it comes to tea. I spent money on it and by golly I’ll get every last steep outta these suckers. Unless they are horrible. And this one went to a new level of nasty on the second steep (thus the tossage). :)

Stephanie

Yep, that Tippy (“tipsy”?..ha!) Earl Grey..people either love him or hate him. :)

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Ewa

Second steep!? I applaud your bravery.

Rabs

Bravery? Thanks, but it’s more Scrooge-like tendencies/insanity when it comes to tea. I spent money on it and by golly I’ll get every last steep outta these suckers. Unless they are horrible. And this one went to a new level of nasty on the second steep (thus the tossage). :)

Stephanie

Yep, that Tippy (“tipsy”?..ha!) Earl Grey..people either love him or hate him. :)

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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