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Judging by all externals, Mighty Leaf Earl Grey Decaf should have trounced the competition, this Numi Decaf Earl Grey, in tonight’s steep-off chez sherapop. The dried tea smelled better, there seemed to be much more of it, and in leaves not fannings and dust. Moreover, the liquor was slightly darker, reddish amber rather than dark orange.

It just goes to show, once again: you can’t judge a book by its cover or a tea by its trappings. This filterbag decaffeinated Earl Grey tastes better to me. I prefer the less intense bergamot and the black tea base, which may be Assam. I am not entirely sure, but Numi indicates that the regular (not decaffeinated) Earl Grey is aged Assam. They also apparently age the bergamot with the tea, and perhaps that is why I like this one better.

When I added cream to the two glasses, I found that the Numi had more of a slate brown veering grey color to it, while the Mighty Leaf was more of a burnt sienna shade.

In the end, Numi Decaf Earl Grey wins the steep off. I recall not having liked the Mighty Leaf Earl Grey (not decaf) very much, so it may all come down to the base tea and the degree of bergamotization. If that’s not a word, it should be!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mikumofu

These steep-offs are very helpful!

sherapop

Thank you, Mikumofu! ;-)

Amaryllis

I almost grabbed both yesterday but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Haha. I’ll be sure to grab the Numi for the earl grey lovers in my life. Thanks!

sherapop

You’re welcome, Amaryllis. Please remember that these are matters of taste more than anything else!:-)

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Mikumofu

These steep-offs are very helpful!

sherapop

Thank you, Mikumofu! ;-)

Amaryllis

I almost grabbed both yesterday but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Haha. I’ll be sure to grab the Numi for the earl grey lovers in my life. Thanks!

sherapop

You’re welcome, Amaryllis. Please remember that these are matters of taste more than anything else!:-)

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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