(note moved from Raspberry Earl Grey by New Moon Tea Co.)

Hi Steepster! Sorry I haven’t posted a note for a few days, I haven’t been feeling very tea-ish lately.

But I got a lovely order in from New Moon Tea Co. today, so here we are! I ordered their new Spring collection along with a couple of other things, including this tea. The idea of a raspberry Earl just sounds so yummy to me, plus I can never resist their gorgeous packaging…

This has a very strong bergamot flavor, which isn’t my favorite. I find when bergamot is strong, it starts tasting perfumey or chemical to me rather than citrusy, and this is right in that area. The raspberry is nice, definitely a bit candylike, but I like how it combines with the bergamot. The base is… meh. Quite tannic considering I only steeped this for 3 minutes. I remember having the same issue with their Winter Earl though.

The bergamot is a bit strong for me, but I bet this would make a wonderful London Fog… I find that the bergamot teas I enjoy drinking aren’t usually strong enough for a latte, as the level of bergamot is generally lighter.

But aside from all that, I’m a bit concerned that this looks to be exactly the same tea as Shanti Tea’s Raspberry Earl Grey (and Bee’s Soulteez). I was under the impression that New Moon blends all of their own teas, but the ingredient list is exactly the same, and the tea looks the same as well. Hmm… Now I’m going to be wondering which of their other teas are purchased from a wholesale company…


Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Candy, Perfume, Raspberry, Sweet, Tannic

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

thats disappointing

Cameron B.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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