Earl Grey Moonlight

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Bergamot, Vanilla, Cream, Earl Grey, Smooth, Floral, Orange, Astringent, Citrus
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 307 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...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” 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.

86 Tasting Notes

9 tasting notes

Okay so…this tea came out kinda perfumey when i tried it but looking back at the website, I see now that a sample pack makes about 10 cups >_>. Oops…I only made 4 cups from my sample. It IS easy to over-steep but since it was still tasty and SO INEXPENSIVE!! I won’t write off Adagio just yet.

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19 tasting notes

The added orange flavoring does not do this tea any favors, it comes out like Constant Comment, just a brashly flavored orange tea. I like the presentation with the flowers, but this isn’t as subtle as Earl Grey should be, and I don’t taste or smell the supposed addition of vanilla to the mix. It’s also odd that Adagio says that bergamot is harsh, because in a good Earl Grey, the bergamot is a subtle, smooth thing, but in Adagio’s Earl Grey it is very harsh. I’m sorry I ordered ounces of it instead of just the sample.

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5 tasting notes

The first 5 times I made this tea, I hated it. It wasn’t the taste, it was the disappointment. I imagine I felt the way a parent would if they saw their MIT-caliber child slough off college for a career in sanitation. The gap between the creamy, Fruity Pebble-ish quality of smell and the watery, astringent taste was woefully expansive. I began to feel betrayed by my nose, even more so by the tea. And then, yesterday happened.

Finally, after brewing this tea every which way from Sunday, I found my sweet spot. “Sweet” being the operative word. I piled two heaping teaspoons into my trusty French Press as usual, but this time I poured a boiling 8 ounces of spring water in with no delay. I gave my press a few pumps and then set the timer for 4 minutes, instead of my usual 5.

4 Minutes later, and the smell floating form the kitchen is amazing to say the least. The cloyingly sweet scent of the dry leaves had mellowed into a collage of fruity, creamy floral notes. I paused to savor the smell for as long as I could before my will power gave way to the dark-brown tonic. Let me just say, the smell of this tea is just as important, if not more, than the taste. By the way, if you are a brutish tea gulper, who forgoes subtle smells and nuances in expectation of a tea that hits like a glass of kool-aid, repent. I have.

The first flavor was of fruity cream. I noticed immediately that the taste was strengthened exponentially by the heavily-scented vapors simultaneously floating through my nasal passages. This is the smell thing I was talking about. The fruity cream quickly dissolved into floral notes that my vivid imagination compares to eating a bowl of potpourri, in the best way possible. At this point, I swooshed the tea around in my mouth for a second and picked up on a creamy-thick texture and mouthfeel, which only served to accentuate the “face full of flowers” effect. Seriously, I felt like I could burp up a rose bud. The back end of the sip was a reminder that I was drinking black tea. A sightly malty note settled in, and I was pleased to find a slightly sweet honey twist riding it’s coattails. I repeat, wait for the honey twist before you swallow this tea. I immediately realized that steeping for 4 minutes rather than 5 had removed virtually all of the bitterness that I has disliked so much before. The result? A smooth, sweet, multi-layered tea that makes no attempt to hide it’s identity as a black tea. Good for mornings, even better for cool afternoons.

All in all, I give this tea a 7/10. The lingering floral aftertaste was an added bonus. This is my first taste of any type of Earl Grey, so I have no comparitive data within the Earl Grey family, but I will be using this as my go-to when I want something a little softer than my beloved Irish Breakfast. Enjoy!

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237 tasting notes

Pretty tasty, and an interesting twist on Earl Grey. The cream and vanilla flavors played together nicely. After tasting I added a bit of milk, though I think I should have let it be—my cup wasn’t really brewed strong enough to handle milk.

Next time I’ll brew this a bit longer than 3 min. I was cautious the first time, since I’ve been drinking a lot of ThinkGeek’s Tea. Earl Grey. Hot., which I believe is one of Adagio’s other Earl versions (Bravo?). For that one, I prefer to keep the brewing time pretty light.

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16 tasting notes

I just got this and I didn’t like it, perhaps because my expectations were not aligned with what Adagio Teas was trying to market. I really wanted a notably sweet vanilla and cream earl grey, like Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme.

Adagio’s take on a “cream” Earl Grey was not very sweet. This blend ended up being a huge WALLOP of citrus… which is cool if you’re a huge Earl Grey enthusiast, rather than someone seeking a mild “cream”-type Earl Grey.

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63 tasting notes

If I wasn’t so fond of plain Earl Grey, I would probably really like this. It isn’t as creamy as I expected and the citrus is a bit too strong. But like I said, that is probably just because I keep comparing it to plain Earl Grey. I probably won’t purchase this again but I like it alright.

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18 tasting notes

Creamy and very soft. Reminds me of an orange creamsicle! This is a great tea for when I feel like indulging and adding a little milk and sugar.

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7 tasting notes

Put simply this tea sucks.

At first inspection I opened up the bag and enjoyed what I was smelling. Than I drank this schtuff, it is very bitter and the bergamont is cheap and overpowering. I still have the majority of my 3 ounce order and I don’t want to throw the stuff out, but I really don’t enjoy drinking it.

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103 tasting notes

A good earl grey, but nothing stands out to make it excellent. A good drink nonetheless.

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17 tasting notes

Ehh, I never am sure how to feel about this tea. I was excited when I ordered it because I love the individual flavors and thought that they might go well together. I got it a while ago and still have quite a lot of it because I’m afraid to make it half the time. The first time I ever made it (months ago, now) it came out really well. The second time it tasted so horrible and bitter and… soapy that I had to throw out the entire pot. It was utterly undrinkable. I’ve always kept to the safe side and used small amounts of leaf and shorter steeping times than I normally would with black teas.

Overall, this doesn’t really taste like vanilla, cream, or Earl Grey. It’s just sort of a black tea with a little bit of an almost milky aftertaste that doesn’t stand out much. At best it’s drinkable and at worst it’s absolutely wretched. I wish I’d only gotten the sample size and not the full 4oz tin.

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