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Grinnyguy posted about Earl Grey. I got a fit of inspiration even though Earl Grey is normally not my first choice. Most days I find it kind of dull and every day-ish. Maybe a little overrated as a type. Classics don’t seem to hold much appeal to me.

It’s got a strong bergamot smell. That slightly bitter citrus-y smell that I’m learning to recognise. Kind of sweet, but not the way oranges are, and it’s not a bitterness like the kind you find in grapefruits. It’s sort of prickly and when you know what you’re looking for, probably fairly easily recognisable.

Apart from when I’m at Lexitus’, the last time I had Earl Grey was a few weeks ago when I was at the cafe and they gave me the wrong tea. I remember finding that one rather too bitter and smelling strongly of citrus as soon as I poured. This one is very much more controlled when it comes to citrus scent. It’s there, clearly, when you smell it, but it doesn’t invade your nostrils when your nose is an arm’s length away.

Citrusy, but not sour and without making you feel like it might as well have been a lemon tea. It’s got just a touch of bitterness on the swallow, but not nearly as much as the presumed Kusmi had. Of course I haven’t brewed this as strongly as they did that day in the cafe.

As for the cornflowers, I can’t pick them out in the flavour, so I don’t know if they actually have any effect on it at all, or if they’re just there for show. I like to think that they smooth it out some, but even if they are just there for show though, I’d still get this version. Just because they’re pretty.

My local shop beats Kusmi by several horse lenghts.

Angrboda

Hey, this is the third Earl Grey post in a row on my dashboard tasting notes page! :D

Ricky

I’m going to make a cup of Earl Grey right now xD, j/k.

Jillian

Have you started the Earl Grey Ecstasy (or something)? :D

BTW, I honestly don’t think the cornflowers are there for anything but show.

Angrboda

No, mine was the third of the lot, and only because I saw Grinnyguy post about an Earl Grey. So I think it must have been him wot started it. :)

Peggie Bennett

I love Earl Grey! That bergamot gets me every time! I love that bergamot smell so much I bought the Laughter perfume by Space NK because it has a bergamot smell! Whomever that Earl Grey is, he smells good!

Grinnyguy

You can blame me if you like. Any time when I inspire tea-drinking is a little success for me, although I’m preaching to the converted here! I like Earl Grey because the Bergamot taste is nice, but cheap tea companies use it as an excuse to use poor quality tea leaves and assume the bergamot taste with overpower everything. Getting the right tea and the right amount of bergamot must be difficult.

Peggie Bennett

That’s interesting, I didn’t know that bergamot was used that way. Can you recommend a good Earl Grey for me to try to see if I’ve been drinking crap flowered with bergamot?

Grinnyguy

Oh I make myself sound like an expert when I’m really not. Try asking Betsvc, whose tealog is almost exclusively reviews of different earl greys. I also slightly made up the thing about using bergamot to cover up a bad cup of tea, but I have strong suspicions that it’s true

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Angrboda

Hey, this is the third Earl Grey post in a row on my dashboard tasting notes page! :D

Ricky

I’m going to make a cup of Earl Grey right now xD, j/k.

Jillian

Have you started the Earl Grey Ecstasy (or something)? :D

BTW, I honestly don’t think the cornflowers are there for anything but show.

Angrboda

No, mine was the third of the lot, and only because I saw Grinnyguy post about an Earl Grey. So I think it must have been him wot started it. :)

Peggie Bennett

I love Earl Grey! That bergamot gets me every time! I love that bergamot smell so much I bought the Laughter perfume by Space NK because it has a bergamot smell! Whomever that Earl Grey is, he smells good!

Grinnyguy

You can blame me if you like. Any time when I inspire tea-drinking is a little success for me, although I’m preaching to the converted here! I like Earl Grey because the Bergamot taste is nice, but cheap tea companies use it as an excuse to use poor quality tea leaves and assume the bergamot taste with overpower everything. Getting the right tea and the right amount of bergamot must be difficult.

Peggie Bennett

That’s interesting, I didn’t know that bergamot was used that way. Can you recommend a good Earl Grey for me to try to see if I’ve been drinking crap flowered with bergamot?

Grinnyguy

Oh I make myself sound like an expert when I’m really not. Try asking Betsvc, whose tealog is almost exclusively reviews of different earl greys. I also slightly made up the thing about using bergamot to cover up a bad cup of tea, but I have strong suspicions that it’s true

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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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