19 Tasting Notes
This is just a delicious tea! I wish I didn’t have to go halfway around the world to get more. I bought a modest amount of this tea on a whim when I went in for a simple breakfast blend while visiting Scotland on holiday and mentioned that I already had about 10 kinds of Earl Grey, my favorite blend. The seller asked if I’d tried a Blue Lady yet and I said no…. and that’s all she wrote – I’m in love! Anyone who I know that travels to Aberdeen will be asked to bring me back more of this tea! (At least it’s light for the luggage…)
It’s slightly more floral than an average Earl Grey, with some lovely light notes that really opens up the flavor. At the same time, you can instantly recognize it’s an Earl Grey.
I fully admit that I may have over-brewed this tea a bit, which explains why I find it so bitter, but it should not be as bitter as I’m getting because I didn’t over-brew it by THAT much. I find it smoky and bitter, and those two flavors just overwhelm my palate. So…. Not my favorite. I prefer gunpowder for a everyday green tea.
My first taste of this I totally didn’t like, but then the flavors settled down a bit and I enjoyed the subtile, warming flavors. But by the end of the cup I was back to just not enjoying the flavor again. I got smokey and vegetal flavors. I think the best I can really say is I didn’t dislike this tea, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again.
I really enjoyed this tea. The aroma is comforting and makes me smile whenever I go to take a sip. The flavor isn’t overwhelming with chestnut, so it tastes more like a mildly flavored black tea with a hint of caramel. I would think for most people’s taste it could use just a touch of sugar to match the flavor with the smell. Very enjoyable – I think I shall order myself some!
Sadly I think I’ve just encountered the first Zingerman’s product that I didn’t absolutely love. To be fair, I don’t have the right equipment for this tea — you have to use so much of the tea for each 8oz of water that I literally don’t have an infuser big enough to prepare as directed. Thus, unsurprisingly, the tea is watery and doesn’t taste like anything. Too bad, because I generally enjoy Zingerman’s products and am sure this would be good, but I’m not going to buy new equipment just for this!
This earl grey doesn’t make me want to jump up and down with excitement, but it’s classic and smooth — and my go to for just having a bit of black tea in the morning or afternoon. I could drink bucketsful, which means I’m not savoring every sip, but just enjoying the overall flavor.
The first time I had this I thought it was ah… so, so. Which was a disappointment because cranberries are one of my favorite things, ever. But every additional time I’ve made this tea, I’ve liked it better. I suspect the tin will be gone by next Christmas, so I hope they keep up the tradition and make it again so I can restock. The aroma is fantastic – I get cranberries, warmth and just a hint of honey. The taste is a bit weak for me, I generally prefer a strong, black tea, but I like it enough to crave it in the evenings.