4 Tasting Notes
I just ordered this untasted from Mariage Freres and it is everything I hoped it would be from the description, which isn’t always the case. It is masterfully blended so that no note stands out to me from the rest, instead it has its own unique quality, which is something I love in perfume as well.
This is my Holy Grail of Earl Grey tea. It stands head and shoulders above the rest, and it must be the tea base that separates it from the rest, as the other Earl Greys from Mariage Freres taste much simpler somehow. I am sure that it is more heavily flavored with Bergamot than the other EG’s as well, but that can’t be the only difference. Whenever I serve this tea to someone, they always say “What IS this tea?” It is unique and intense and wonderful in every way.
This is not a super juicy Passionfruit, it is a bit dry, which is to my liking but it “needs something” IMHO. I added a drop of Vanilla, the kind of Vanilla gel we have here in France, which softened and balanced it a bit. I will be blending this with other teas to give them a Passionfruit kick.
This aromatic tea has a mellowness from the toasted leaves that softens the almond and passionfruit essences. I might prefer my passionfruit a bit sharper — I am a huge fan which is what drew me to this tea — but I am finding the warmth of the cinnamon (very mild), the slight acidity of the passionfruit and the coolness of the almond quite intriguing.