4405 Tasting Notes
The dry leaf does smell amazing. It smells more like orange than bergamot (which I know is actually an orange, but you know what I mean, right?)
The brewed liquor loses some of that aroma, which saddens me a bit because I really love the smell of the leaf.
The flavor is quite different from Earl Grey. The bergamot is altered by the addition of the orange, and this becomes a fruit flavored black tea as opposed to an Earl Grey (I guess that’s why they call this John Grey instead of Earl, eh?) There is also a faint bitterness that tastes rather odd when this tea is unsweetened – this one is so much better with a sprinkling of sugar or a drizzle of agave or honey… I chose agave.
It’s ok… not great… but not terrible either.
Thank you to Stephanie for sending me a sampling of this tea! I’m so happy I get to try it.
The dry leaf has a sweet aroma – sort of like a creamy caramel scent. YUM!
It doesn’t really look like there is much matcha in it, because I’m not seeing a lot of powdery green dust on the dry leaf. The brewed tea is slightly cloudy which indicates that there is possibly some matcha in it.
I can taste the matcha in the flavor from the slight bittersweet flavor that is in the cup. It’s faint, but it’s there.
This tea is a very interesting one. It has a sort of burnt sugar flavor to it that I’m liking… it is an interesting contrast to the sweet, fresh note from the green tea, and the bittersweet flavor from the matcha. I can also taste the soymilk-ish flavor that Stephanie described in her tasting note.
I like this.
This is a very finely ground rooibos and spice blend – so finely ground, in fact, that it clogged up my smart brewing device. (I’d recommend using T-Sacs or something similar to brew this tisane)
I like the level of spices in this blend. It is nice and spicy.
What I don’t really care for though, is the addition of stevia to this blend. I would have preferred sweetening this myself with some honey or agave rather than having the stevia in it – I guess I’m kind of “old school” when it comes to chai because I feel like it should be sweetened with honey… I just like the way honey works with the spices in a chai.
Good Morning Mr. Grey!
(yes its still morning here)
Today I must not have been paying too much attention to when I was measuring out the tea, because it’s quite strong. (Too sleepy when I prepped the teapot I suppose!)
Other than a somewhat stronger presence its still a nice way to wake up!
This is surprisingly good!
It has a bit of a spicy kick (ginger is strong in this blend) and it nearly mimics a chai tea – but not quite. I love the anise in this tisane… it tastes licorice-y and sweet.
I didn’t think I’d like this one at first, but, I’m really glad I decided to try it because it’s good!!!
Starting my day with this Earl Grey, today! (poetry!)
I want to thank Stephanie for so generously gifting me with the remainder of her tin of this outstanding Earl Grey. Thank you Stephanie!
Oh… delight! I do love this Earl Grey.
I think that I shall struggle with my splint today and finally finish the review of this tea that I started so long ago!
I am not crazy about hibiscus, and this blend has a bit more hibiscus than I’d like it to have. Some hibiscus in a herbal/fruit blend is good because it gives the tea a nice body, but, too much gives it a bit more tart than I care for.
So this is a bit more tart than I’d like it to be. that being said, it has a decent berry flavor.
Not one that I’d order again, but glad I had the opportunity to try it.