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drank Earl Grey by Whittard of Chelsea
1268 tasting notes

I would just like to point out that I’m not actually around at this point. Well, I’ll probably pop in for a bit here and there, but not properly. I likely won’t be again until in a couple of weeks time when we have returned from our honeymoon.

Only two sleeps now! Best man and his girlfriend have arrived safely from the UK and we have fed them dinner this evening. We had also bought them dessert, but as it had to thaw out and we forgot, they didn’t get any. So we’ve shown them where we live and how to get here so they can get here bright and early on Saturday morning. He will be going with the boyfriend into town while I’m at the hairdressers (we think) and she will be helping me into my dress and then going into town with me.

They brought us two pouches of Whittard of Chelsea as a present, this one and a first flush Darjeeling (which annoyingly doesn’t state the estate on it, so I just put it under a generic Darjeeling already in the system). sigh Well, they weren’t to know that both of these are pretty much non-hits with me. Particularly the Darj, which I’ll try, but it will probably be one mostly for the boyfriend.

Anyway, they just went back to their hotel about twenty-ish minutes ago, so I put the kettle on so we could try one of these new ones before going to bed. The EG was requested, so that’s where we’ll start.

As I was spooning out the leaf I noticed a fair bit of aroma. At that distance from my nose, it was suprisingly sweet and it reminded me rather of that Girlie Grey I had from Jeeves and Jericho some time ago. TeaEqualsBliss, you might remember that one, I believe I shared some of it with you.

This of course made me curious, so I put my nose closer to the bag to get a better idea of it, but then it was just all sharpness and sort of dusty turqoise bergamot. From a distance though, it smells a bit like a citrus-y pudding.

This makes me hopeful.

After steeping, it’s more or less the same thing, although the bergamot is softer and retains that dessert-y touch to it, even when my nose is closer to the cup.

This makes me even more hopeful.

I did oversteep it a bit, but only by a few minutes, so no real harm was done, and it doesn’t seem to be showing up in the flavour. It tastes very creamy and smooth. If I didn’t know better I would think it had a smidge of cream-y flavouring added or perhaps a touch of vanilla. It says nothing of the sort on the box, though.

I actually like the EG! I think it’s because it’s not just like being pelted with bergamots. It’s not so sharp and dusty like they can sometimes get. It has that extra dimension of creamyness which makes it slightly pudding-y. Not very, just ever so slightly.

I’m suspectly, actually, that this may have more to do with the base blend (unfortunately not elaborated on) rather than the flavouring process, because it is indeed very very flavoured. For once it’s just not completely offensive. I feel certain we’ll get through this tin with little trouble.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes!!!! I was a fan of that one! I really enjoyed the teas from that company you sent! Thanks again!!!! I’m starting another box for you, btw…when it’s full I will send it your way! Might take me about a month or so – hope that is ok!

Bonnie

You sound like you are floating on a cloud of earl grey cream…and ….could it be ….anticipation!?!

gmathis

Be blessed!

ashmanra

May you have joy!

Kittenna

Ahhh, I’m so excited for you!! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon! :)

JacquelineM

Happy Uniting in Love and Marriage Day…and Life! <3

Dylan Oxford

Enjoy it all!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody.

TeaEqualsBliss, a month or so would be preferable actually, as I’ll be out of the country for most of the next three weeks anyway.

1 more sleep, and the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!

LadyLondonderry

LOL @ “the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!” Have a wonderful wedding day and a delightful honeymoon, Angrboda!!

Lynne-tea

Love this post! That is so exciting =) Congratulations. Haha ‘last breakfast pancakes of freedom!’ Have an amazing time and I am so happy two tea drinkers are getting married!

Cheryl

Hope your wedding day is as wonderful as you imagined, and your marriage even better. Will wait patiently for stories upon your return :)

Keemun

Whittard of Chelsea does the best Earl Grey blend…that is my opinion and I am happy to read your good review.

Angrboda

Thanks again, all.

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TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes!!!! I was a fan of that one! I really enjoyed the teas from that company you sent! Thanks again!!!! I’m starting another box for you, btw…when it’s full I will send it your way! Might take me about a month or so – hope that is ok!

Bonnie

You sound like you are floating on a cloud of earl grey cream…and ….could it be ….anticipation!?!

gmathis

Be blessed!

ashmanra

May you have joy!

Kittenna

Ahhh, I’m so excited for you!! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon! :)

JacquelineM

Happy Uniting in Love and Marriage Day…and Life! <3

Dylan Oxford

Enjoy it all!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody.

TeaEqualsBliss, a month or so would be preferable actually, as I’ll be out of the country for most of the next three weeks anyway.

1 more sleep, and the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!

LadyLondonderry

LOL @ “the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!” Have a wonderful wedding day and a delightful honeymoon, Angrboda!!

Lynne-tea

Love this post! That is so exciting =) Congratulations. Haha ‘last breakfast pancakes of freedom!’ Have an amazing time and I am so happy two tea drinkers are getting married!

Cheryl

Hope your wedding day is as wonderful as you imagined, and your marriage even better. Will wait patiently for stories upon your return :)

Keemun

Whittard of Chelsea does the best Earl Grey blend…that is my opinion and I am happy to read your good review.

Angrboda

Thanks again, all.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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