Honey Orchid Black Tea from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Product Description:

One of the best teas we have tasted. It is so rare that it is actually its own varietal without any flavorings or scenting. The honey flavor literally explodes on your front palate with a subtle finish of fresh orchids.

Tasters Review:

Marcus over at Golden Moon Tea contacted us recently to try their new and improved Honey Orchid and I will say they NAILED IT!  LiberTEAs previously reviewed this and it’s one of the very few 100’s I’ve seen her rate on her steepster log!  I agree with her saying this is pretty awesome – that’s for sure!

The aroma of the dry leaves smell like a honey-buttered whole wheat bagel I often have from my local coffee shop here.

The color of the liquor after infusing is quite light for a black!   It’s surprising! BUT…it’s NOT light on flavor!

I guess the honey comparison comes into play because it IS smooth like honey and it has that natural sweetness of REAL honey…not that fake stuff! I really like the smoothness of this.

There is a chewiness to this tea as well…I  REALLY like that little characteristic!

I would say the Orchid/floral connection would be just as you move the sip from the front of your mouth to the back of your mouth right before it ‘goes down the trap’…so to speak!  The floral notes are subtle and refreshing in a way I have never tasted before!

As this cools it seems to become juicer – I think this is an interesting touch – as well!

This tea is more complex than I was expecting and I LOVE that!

Another thing I noticed with this tea is that the leaves are screaming for a 2nd infusion…here is what I found with the 2nd infusion…

This time around it’s still sweet and silky-smooth but more woodsy but in a good way. It’s smells chewier but tastes a little less chewier.

YUMMO!

My favorite Golden Moon Tea thus far!  WOW!

Honey Orchid Black Tea from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Product Description:

One of the best teas we have tasted. It is so rare that it is actually its own varietal without any flavorings or scenting. The honey flavor literally explodes on your front palate with a subtle finish of fresh orchids.

Taster’s Review:

I feel very honored to be able to try this tea from Golden Moon Tea.  It is one of the exclusive rare teas offered to the Single Leaf Club and after having sampled this, I am planning on joining the club so that I can enjoy other great teas such as this!  This is phenomenal!

The flavor is so amazing.  Just as the description suggests, there is a strong “explosion” of honey flavor as well as a floral finish.  I also taste an undercurrent of savory cocoa notes which adds such a luxuriousness to this experience.  This tea has a strong presence – with a toothsome, biscuit-y type quality to it.  One of the best teas I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste – ever!

I absolutely love this tea.  If I were forced to choose just one black tea that I could drink for the rest of my life, I would most likely choose this one, and I would be quite content with that choice.  Yes, it’s that good.

In fact, this tea is so amazing that it has left me at a loss for words, because I really don’t know what else to add here – this is a tea for true tea connoisseurs.  I highly recommend joining the Single Leaf Club so that you might experience this tea for yourself.  I have not tried any other teas from the Single Leaf Club – but I think that this tea alone is worth the membership!  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed by this one!

Contest Announcement!

CONGRATULATIONS TO mrawlins2!  You’re our winner!  You should be receiving your tea very soon!

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Greetings!

To celebrate the launching of our new blog, Golden Moon Tea is giving away a tin of their delightful Tippy Earl Grey tea (read my review of it here!) to one of our very lucky readers!  That’s right:  a tin of tea FREE (that’s totally and completely free – no shipping charges, no additional purchase required) to one of our readers… it could be YOU!

To enter, simply post a comment to our Tippy Earl Grey Tea review (that’s the review immediately following this blog post.  Err… commenting to THIS blog post won’t enter you in the contest.  However, if you feel the need to comment on this blog post, please feel free.  We’d love to hear your comments!)  Only one comment per entrant will be counted.  So, feel free to comment as much as you’d like, but you’ll only get one entry.  Be sure to include in your comment some way to contact you (your valid email address) in case you’re the winner!

However, there are *ways* you can earn an EXTRA BONUS ENTRY to this contest:

  1. Twitter about this contest.  Your twitter must include a link to this contest.
  2. Post this contest on your Facebook page.  Your post must include a link to this contest.

To receive your bonus entry/entries you’ll need to comment to this blog post to let us know that you’ve tweeted or posted on Facebook.  Be sure to also follow Anne & Jennifer on Twitter and become a fan of our Facebook page)

So there you go!  You could win your very own tin of tea from Golden Moon Tea!

The Fine Print: Each person may earn a maximum of three entries into this contest.  The contest will begin on Monday, June 14 and end at midnight on Friday, June 18.  The winner’s name will be drawn randomly and will be notified via email.  If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, an alternate winner will be drawn randomly from the remaining entries. Also, as it is late at night, I may have forgotten something.  So these fine print details and/or the blog entry may be edited (that is, changed) if at a later time I see that I’ve made a mistake.  I’m human and sometimes I do that.  But, for the most part, I think that I’ve managed to say everything that I’ve needed to say.  So, enter already!

Tippy Earl Grey from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Golden Moon Tea

Company Description:

Smoooth. And Something Of A Paradox. You, too?

Mood: For the free spirit living in a proper society
Time: Traditionally taken in the morning or afternoon, but break free and enjoy anytime.
Cuisine: Delightful with toast and strawberry preserves. An excellent afternoon tea to serve to guests with cream cheese sandwiches, scones, and fresh or dried fruit.
Price Per Cup: .11-.20
Caffeine: Medium

This treasured Golden Moon recipe was hand-delivered (at great risk – but that’s another story for another day) by a Chinese tea trader to 19th Century British Prime Minister Earl Grey.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and probably again sometime in the not so distant future!):  I LOVE Earl Grey tea.  Something else that I’ve said before (and, I’m saying again) is that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal.  Some tea purveyors skimp when it comes to the quality of the bergamot flavoring or the tea used in the blend – which results in a less than delightful cuppa Earl Grey.

That is NOT the case with Golden Moon Tea with their extraordinary Tippy Earl Grey tea.  Which is fortunate for me as I sit here sipping on this delicious tea.

The black tea base is brisk, bold and bright.  The leaves are large and tippy (hence the name), and their exceptional quality shines through in this blend.  You can taste the quality here.

The pungent bergamot flavoring is a pleasant citrus flavor and is pleasantly accented with a touch of lavender.  The lavender isn’t strong in this cup – but it is just enough to play upon the floral notes of the bergamot.  Yes, I know that a bergamot is an orange, but there is a decidedly floral aspect about its flavor that makes it unlike any other citrus fruit I’ve ever encountered.

And yet, it doesn’t taste perfume-y, which can occasionally be the case when it comes to Earl Grey (remember that bit before about not all Earl Grey teas are created equal?)  The flavor is floral, fruity, and very smooth.  This is a very pleasant cup of Earl Grey tea.

I would recommend this Earl Grey to Earl Grey connoisseurs as well as those who think they dislike Earl Grey tea (probably because they’ve once tried one of those not-so-equal Earl Grey teas).  This is a remarkable Earl Grey, definitely worth trying.  I’m loving it!

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