4458 Tasting Notes
This is an excellent Earl Grey, and perhaps made even better because it is organic and fair trade.
I’m on my second steeping at the moment, and I found that the first infusion was quite brisk, while the second infusion is much more mellow and smooth. Both are very good, but, I think I prefer the smoothness of the second to the stronger character of the first.
The bergamot is pleasantly strong with a nice citrus flavor that really shines in the aftertaste. It does have a floral note (like most bergamot flavored teas do), but I don’t find it perfume-ish like some Earl Grey teas can be.
Finishing the last of the sampling of this tea that Doulton sent me.
I think I like this cuppa even better than the first time I tried it. I didn’t go latte this time, and I think that may have made the difference – without the milk, I get more of the caramel flavor – sweet and very good! It reminds me of sweet, caramel brittle (or… toffee).
And just because it is so good and making me reminisce about happy times at fairs and such – I am going to increase the rating.
This morning, hubby took me down Alberta Street in Portland – and let me go into Townshend’s Teashop WITH money in hand.
So, I’m totally in love with Townshend’s. Think Starbucks with tea instead of coffee – which would make starbucks so much more awesome – and this much more awesome place is Townshend’s.
The Matcha Latte was tasty. Creamy, smooth, sweet, very little bitterness. I found more bitterness with it in the beginning with the matcha froth that was oozing out of the lid than with the actual liquid. YUM!
I received this order a while back, but haven’t tried it until today…
This has a very nice flavor. The black currant is flavorful with a pleasant tart edge to it that isn’t too tart (I wouldn’t like it if it was)… it’s just enough to perk up the taste buds a bit. The white tea is sweet and delicate tasting, but, not so delicate that the black currant overwhelms it. There is a very good balance of flavor in this cup.
That being said, I don’t know that I am as fond of this tea as the rest of Steepster-ville seems to be! I like it, it’s tasty – and I know it’s going to be a very refreshing iced tea when ever it gets warm in the Pacific NorthWET.
As far as the three white teas that were released the week of February 22 – I’ve tasted two of them (this and Ramona’s Spiced Pear) and I prefer the spiced pear. I guess the next time I place the order, I will have to try the tropical explosion… yeah… like I need more tea. ha!
Starting my day with this delightful British gentleman. He is so wonderful to wake up to!
The bergamot flavoring with the Keemun leaves really make this tea a stand out amongst other Earl Grey blends.
For those of you who might not know this, TeaEqualsBliss and I have started our own tea review blog – It debuted yesterday with a welcome message but we will be posting reviews very soon. This tea will be the first that I review for that blog.
Thank you to Doulton for allowing me to sample this tea!
This tea is very good – a robust tea that starts off with a spiced floral-woodsy taste, and then becomes a bit fruity in the finish. It has a very pleasant astringency.
I really like this tea, but, there are other Keemun teas that I’ve enjoyed more. After tasting several of Dammann Freres amazing flavored teas, I think my expectations were a bit higher and the tea did not deliver. That isn’t to say that it is a bad tea, just not as great as I had hoped it would be.