6 Tasting Notes
So in comparison with bigelow’s earl grey, this just isn’t up to par. And I’m talking about bigelow bagged earl grey which is unfortunate, I suppose loose leaf isn’t always the best choice when it comes to certain providers.
The scent of the tea after steeping is very citric and not nearly as pleasing as the scent of just-steeped bigelow earl grey. It’s more of a impeding citrus scent that over powers any pleasing herbal scents. Just the same, the taste itself leaves something to be desired. It really taste as though they went a bit over board in the citric department and didn’t allow the herbs themselves to promote any flavor.
I’m currently trying it out like I do my other earl greys, with sugar ( or agave ) and some milk. Oh, also the recommendations behind the tin says it’s usually not “enjoyed” with milk and steeping time should be about five minutes. I like doing things my own way and enjoy the added milk, as well i’m not sure about their suggested steeping time. Five minutes seems to get it a bit bitter and I find myself doubling up on the sugar (agave).
Anyway, hopefully you aren’t like me and buy a tin of this on a whim because of your earl grey disposition.
So my mum sent this to me in the mail, including a really neat infuser! This is the first loose leaf tea I’ve tried and I really enjoy it. As of yet it’s also the first tea I can fully enjoy without any additives.
I had to add this tea myself because It seems no other steepster has had the pleasure of rating it!
I couldn’t find even one other Kawayanagi tea. I guess it makes sense because this is supposedly a rare tea not often seen outside of Japan (according to the description I copied from http://www.tributetea.com/green_tea_kawa.asp
Anyway, it indeed has a nice full bodied flavor that reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on. I hope those with a bit more time ( and better command of the english language) can add a nice review on this tea as I’m currently very much enjoying :)
So I had this at the break room…It’s uh nothing special as I suspected, if you’re looking for just cinnamon then this is for you, really not much more to it. It isn’t incredibly aromatic, nor is it complex in taste, it simply ‘is’.
In comparison to some regular lipton black tea (as I’m quite the tea novice.) this is only a some what considerable step up but not an amazing improvement. There seems to be a bit more body and not as bland of a taste. Either way, I think I’ll be enjoying this for the time being with some surgar and milk .
It’s tea…If you steep it perfectly and simply add sugar, it’s O.K. To be honest this was my gate way into the world of teas, and it’s standard of measurement that’s quickly obliterated once you take a simple step up to bigelow’s. You might ask, “how’d you gain interest into teas from such a dis-favorable label.” well if you add milk, sugar, cinnamon, and honey this tea is rather decent. It didn’t take me long to configure that concoction as I wasn’t very satisfied with the tea itself (even with just sugar.)
So if this is your last resort (or your first introduction to teas as it was for me), get creative and make the best of it; you may choose to delve into the plethora of teas as I did (if you’re on this website you probably already have.) or you may dismiss it entirely as well as any ventures into a class of beverage that is complex and rewarding!
My original note was “It taste good.” Which is a truthful statement for myself, but there’s more to it as this tea is actually how I found this website. I googled “earl grey fruity pebbles” and low and behold, someone found similar perception.
After spending some time with this tea I don’t notice its cereal attribute as much, but it’s aroma is still very welcomed and the taste of the bergamot oil makes it a significantly favorable choice over bigelow’s “English Tea Time” (regular black tea).
Like other black teas I enjoy it with some milk and sugar, It’s a noticeable enough difference to add this at all times.
As of yet, I have no other earl grey to compare this to. :( I do intend to taste a great many of variations so the rating will change accordingly, but for now (until I can find the time to go out and buy some loose leaf tea and a strainer) this is my favorite tea.