Earl Grey Moonlight

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Bergamot, Cream, Earl Grey, Orange, Vanilla, Astringent, Citrus, Floral
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “I also made an order at Adagio that arrived today. First one in almost three years. As I usually do, I opened each package just to sniff. It's a sort of silly but fun ritual I have whenever I...” Read full tasting note
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    tabby 492 tasting notes
  • “I'm not normally a huge fan of Adagio's flavored stuff. I used to be. But I suppose places like Kusmi, Lupicia and Mariage Freres have raised my expectations for flavored teas and Adagio no...” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “This smells pretty nice, but the flavor is a little watery. I added stevia, which helped. As it cooled it got a little better, there's a nice lemon cake with creamy frosting kind of thing, but...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 3078 tasting notes
  • “This is an old favorite of mine. I think it's an Earl Grey that I will never tire of, because of the touch of sweet and creamy vanilla. There is a robust black tea flavor with a citrusy finish. ...” Read full tasting note
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By popular demand, request and threat, we have finally added an earl grey cream blend. Comforting flavors of vanilla and cream combine to soften the citrus notes of traditional Earl Grey. Your taste buds will swoon at first sip of our Earl Grey Moonlight.

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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492 tasting notes

I also made an order at Adagio that arrived today. First one in almost three years. As I usually do, I opened each package just to sniff. It’s a sort of silly but fun ritual I have whenever I get new tea. I have to smell it, to get a feel for what it’s going to be like.

The scent of this tea made my friend and brother both grin and agree that we should try it first. It was a potent, incredibly strong Earl Grey bergamot smell, topped with rich, creamy vanilla. Like buttercream frosting. It promised to be something refined and dessert-like.

In their words, it tastes like Fruity Pebbles if Fruity Pebbles was a tea. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but I felt it was worth mentioning. This is a gorgeous balance of flavors. The vanilla lingers longest in the aftertaste in delicious harmony with the bergamot as it fades. It really does taste like the top of a cupcake, but with a strong black tea base. It’s lemony and powerful and I think it will make a great comfort tea to take with me on the way to work when it’s cold. Waking up and sipping this would definitely improve my mornings.

I had wandered away from Adagio, but I find that old loyalty is coming back.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
mokutou

I had to laugh when i read about your new tea ritual. I do the same, and it’s a little like Christmas to stop and smell all of the new goodness!

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911 tasting notes

I’m not normally a huge fan of Adagio’s flavored stuff. I used to be. But I suppose places like Kusmi, Lupicia and Mariage Freres have raised my expectations for flavored teas and Adagio no longer matches up. That being said, the husband loves having his tea with lots of sugar and milk and I refuse to sacrifice some of my super tasty (and sometimes expensive) teas (both flavored and un-) to him because of that. He gets Stash and Adagio and the like.

This is the tea I made for him this morning and the leaves smelled so good, I had to make myself some. The smell made me think of icing on an Earl Grey cupcake (if one were to make and ice an Earl Grey cupcake). Sadly, post-steeping the smell calms down from that super-sweetness a bit. But happily it still smells like an Earl Grey cupcake, just now the baked cake part (I think that’s the vanilla note making me think of cupcake cake).

The taste isn’t as cupcake-y as the smell(s). In fact, I get no cupcake. (Sadness.) But it is still nice. Oh, it’s not the smoothest tea – it’s got a little prickly texture that isn’t astringency but probably would turn into that if steeped longer – but the flavor is nice. There’s a bit of a perfume/fake flavor note on the front end, especially when slurped but the vanilla/cream-ish note to it smooths things out a bit.

Honestly, it’s not the best tea ever or anything, but it is totally drinkable without additives and that counts for something in my book.

Ninavampi

Earl Grey cupcake… Hmmm… I approve! I think I have to try to make them now… I recently had Earl Grey macaroons and they were amazing!

Auggy

Ninavampi, that sounds delicious! Did you adapt the macaroon recipe or find an EG one? How’d you do it?

Angrboda

I totally agree with withholding the better stuff from him. There are limits after all and if I were to see someone murdering the Tan Yang with milk and sugar I think I would have to find a private place a cry for a while.

Auggy

Gasp Just that thought alone is enough to make angels weep. (Or, you know, me.)

Ninavampi

I actually bought the macaroons… (blushing embarrassed… ) I haven´t gotten around to actually making them myself, but I will let you know (if they turn out right of course) how I tweak the recipe!

Also, have set y mind to also making earl grey cupcakes! yummmm…. : )

Auggy

Hah! You cheater! :) I will have to keep an eye out for Earl Grey cupcakes, though because I’d love to see how you tweak them and how it turns out. I have a recipe for a coffee cheesecake that I keep planning to switch to a lapsang cheesecake, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Ah, tea desserts!

Ninavampi

It was cheating that I couldn’t resist! : ) Really, how could you resist buying sparkling Earl Grey macaroons?

Hopefully I will get around to making the cupcakes this weekend! : ) and hopefully the macaroons soonish as well! The cheesecake idea sounds great!

Ah, tea desserts indeed! : )

Auggy

You are right – it’s cheating I probably couldn’t have resisted either! Can’t wait to hear about cupcakes! :)

Ninavampi

Cupcakes done! They were pretty good, but I feel that there is still some perfecting to be done… If you want the recipe I can PM it to you. : ) I boiled Earl Grey in the milk for the recipe as well as added a few leaves to the dough, also some white chocolate chips (not to happy about the way that the white chocolate worked out… Probably going for dark chocolate chips next time). For icing I made cream cheese icing, also using Earl Grey milk. : )

I shared them with my boyfriend and his family. They all liked them a bunch!

Auggy

Yes, I’d love the recipe! I love the idea of steeping the EG in the milk – I wouldn’t have thought of that. Last night I picked up the ingredients to make a cheesecake – this year my coffee cheesecake will be lapsang cheesecake! (EG was a close second for flavoring but I thought the smokey flavor might be more interesting & noticeable.)

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3078 tasting notes

This smells pretty nice, but the flavor is a little watery.
I added stevia, which helped.
As it cooled it got a little better, there’s a nice lemon cake with creamy frosting kind of thing, but not real inspiring.
Still, it didn’t taste bad.

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358 tasting notes

This is an old favorite of mine. I think it’s an Earl Grey that I will never tire of, because of the touch of sweet and creamy vanilla. There is a robust black tea flavor with a citrusy finish. There is a little hint of bitter lemon noticeable initially. The aftertaste is completely sweet and creamy bergamot and vanilla. The tea’s flavor is a little on the weak side but adding milk and sweetener helps. I like that this is a lighter EG, it’s not too heavy on the bergamot. Now that I’ve made this cup and started sipping, it is actually less wonderful than I remembered. Still good, but just not as perfect as I’ve thought in the past. Hmmm, maybe my tastes are changing.

It’s a beautiful day here – the sun is shining and there’s a slight breeze so it’s the perfect temperature outside. Hope everyone enjoys their Tuesday!

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs with blue and yellow petals and pieces of orange peel.
-Dry leaves smell like soft bergamot and creamy vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of malty black tea and sweet citrus.
-Tea liquor is a clear very dark brown color.
-Robust and lemony black tea flavor with a citrusy finish. Sweet and creamy bergamot vanilla aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Light malty and citrusy flavor with a hint of sweet vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Again, the steep time is soft. I’m not sure, exactly, that it’s correct.

Ready for the least-inspired tasting note I may ever write?

Here it is:

‘Mreh.’

It’s drinkable. The tea base tastes brighter than the last two Earl Greys I sipped on today. Ceylon, perhaps? The result is a pretty one-dimensional cup with a brighter, definitely more citrus-y flavor than the other two had — there was an actual chunk of dried citrus in the leaves, so that explains that.

I do appreciate that the tea taste in this has a stronger presence than in the Tea Guys cream blend, but the rest of what’s going on is pretty underwhelming, so while it moves in the right direction, it’s still very heavy on the bergamot with the vanilla taking a far backseat, with the result that it tastes to me a little bit like some sort of…cleaner.

A nice cleaner, mind you. Some kind of cleaner I wouldn’t mind using in my kitchen because it would smell good. But even so…

I should probably admit that at this point today I’m sick to death of Earl Grey. Take this with a grain of salt. ;) As a matter of fact, if anybody has been curious about trying this (I understand it’s relatively new as an offering), let me know. I have a tiny sampler tin, but I’m willing to just send it elsewhere; I have more of the Tea Guys blend than I’m likely to be able to drink while it’s fresh, anyway, and I can’t see myself wanting a whole bunch of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bethany

I’m glad someone’s finally reviewed this! I’d been curious since I already have an earl grey and cream blend that I love (SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey de la Creme), and I had a terrible experience with Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo. This just confirms my suspicions.

sophistre

It’s a bit much. I didn’t finish my cup. I’ll grant you that I was tired to an extreme of Earl Grey by the time I tried to tackle this one, but even so I think it’s forceful enough that I can excuse running to my Zojirushi to brew some good, basic, reliable, umami-tastic golden spring with a dash of milk. I’ll take what I’m sipping on right now over this Earl Grey any day.

I’ll have to give that SpecialTeas Earl Grey a try! It’s going on my shopping list now. :)

Bethany

Yay! It’s really great. One of my morning staples. A perfect blend of creamy vanilla and bergamot. And it’s super cheap.

LENA

MREH” = LOL :)

Ricky

That’s a lot of EG for one day. I think the most I ever tackled was two cups and they were both lattes :)

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2019 tasting notes

Thanks to wheezybee for sending me this sample during our swap and my apologies for not drinking these sooner. This came in while I was out of town and sat forgotten while I had my 16 year old brother-in-law visiting, otherwise it never would have taken so long to enjoy these.

I love Earl Grey tea, but for me it has always been a drink I turn to on a cold rainy day. Today wasn’t cold, but it sure was rainy, and I decided to pull this sample out of my swap basket. I didn’t really care for this blend while hot. It was very bitter, had an overwhelming citrus flavor, and didn’t really taste like EG. I put it in the fridge to cool and the vanilla really started to shine and the citrus mellowed out. This was an interesting take on EG, but not one I would count among my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Have you tried it at 2.5 minutes? At less than boiling? Someone told me to do that with Adagio teas, and since then I’ve been a HUGE fan of the TARDIS blend, which I’m pretty sure has Earl Grey moonlight in it.

I guess if that was just a sample it might be too late to try that. :P

Short Sorceress

I’m completely out, but I did wonder if a shorter steep time would help. I do have a package of the TARDIS blend that I haven’t tried yet. I’m such a geek, I’m waiting on more Dr Who to watch before I drink it.

Cavocorax

Hahaha, that’s awesome. TARDIS was one of the first teas I tried and it was from a swap. I fell in love immediately and for some reason found myself thinking about it MONTHS after the fact. The only thing holding me back from ordering was the shipping to Canada is outrageous (like $30?), but I was lucky enough to find someone to mule it over and I am loving my 6 oz tin. I bought it half for the tin, and half for the tea. :D Gotta geek out!

Anyway, I hope you have more success! I can be pretty sensitive to bitterness and Adagio teas have always been smooth for me if I do it like that.

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I got this tea as part of my order during the Great Cherry Blossom Hunt O’Doom on the Adagio site.

The smell of the dry leaves was very nice – citrusy earl grey with a distinctly sweet vanilla scent. The earl grey base is clearly the same one as the earl grey bravo – ie. very strong and pungent – and I’d hoped that the added vanilla would tone it down a little bit, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case. I found that even with a short brewing time it was still too strong to be drunk without milk. The milk softened things out and allowed the vanilla to come through a bit, however, it had to fight the powerful bergamot notes to do so.

I’m rather disapointed as the end result wasn’t a creamy as I thought it would be and tasted very similar to the original Earl Grey Bravo.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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135 tasting notes

For a girl who likes her flavored black teas, I usually don’t reach for a variation of Earl Grey. Today is different. I had planned to have hazelnut or almond oolong for breakfast as I’m getting a replenishment supply from the mail lady, who by the way can’t get here soon enough! Anyway, The Earl Grey Moonlight was sitting next to the other above mentioned teas and it won out. Strange….

Usually I’ll choose an Earl Grey Cream over a regular Earl Grey. Something about the cream flavoring mellows out the sharpness of the citrus. And I’ve been burned so many times by the overuse of bergamot that I hardly ever give it a whirl.

Enter Adagio’s sample: I bought this because it was a sample size. For not drinking it very often (I mean maybe 6 times a year, tops!), I really didn’t want a bunch of it hanging around.

I had 12 ounces of water and steeped 2 tsp. of this with a half tsp. of Adagio’s Cream Black, using the below preparation parameters. A couple tablespoons of simple syrup and half & half and it turned out really delicious!

The sample size was the right amount, as there are just too many other teas I prefer. When this runs out, I might get another sample to have on hand for those rare times that I reach for an Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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1/27/14 Last tea of an Earl Grey tasting. 1tsp/6oz/212F/3min. 1tsp. sugar. 3 min cool. Brand new sample, opened for this tasting. The dry leaf had an intense aroma of frosting – a very sweet vanilla/faint citrus scent. It brewed a very pretty amber gold, and was intensely creamy floral and vanilla in the cup. A vanilla oreo taste much more then citrus. I could taste very little of the base tea, and once the sugar came into play this was candy in a cup. I can see where this would be an enjoyable tea to many, and the flavors were on point and balanced for a cream earl grey, but I personally disliked it intensely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Aww, I really like this one. I can see how it’s not for everyone, though!

AnnaEA

I’m posting it to swap… ; D

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Visiting my BFF, and we’re having a tea snobbery session. After dividing up the night’s purchases, she offered me a cup of this.

I’m not a huge fan of vanilla, but it didn’t seem super strong so I said I was game. It’s juuuuust on the good side of bearable (for me); enough to sweeten the cup but not quite enough to make it awful.

The Earl Grey comes through very nicely. Overall, this is a pretty good cup! I’m not sure I’d want it every day, but occasionally as a nice complement to dessert (we’re making scones), it’s a great pick.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Hehee – a tea snobbery session! :) And you’re making scones! That sounds like a fun night.

PeppermintPlant

Oh, it was so much fun! And the scones turned out to be delicious. :D We’re planning another one already.

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