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drank Earl Grey by thepuriTea
956 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon……

For some reason this one tastes really good today. I would not call it my favorite Earl Grey because I think it leans slightly too perfumy for me, but it is still good. Even though the price is pretty reasonable by the pound compared to my two other favorites, this is one type of tea where a splurge is worth it to me. Not sure this will make the rebuy list, but it does make an awesome iced tea.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

Oooooh, I’m curious, what are your other two favorites?

SimplyJenW

For true Earl Grey taste: Lupicia’s Earl Grey, and Steven Smith’s Lord Bergamot. I also love Earl Grey Supreme from Harney & Sons, but it is light on the bergamot, but has a fabulous tea base. I probably drink the Harney the most.

LiberTEAS

LOL you sound like me … Lupicia’s and Steven Smith’s were my two favorites before trying this one. Now that I’ve tried this and also Earl Grey Excelsior from Tealicious Tea, those are my two favorites, but, Lupicia’s and Steven Smith’s are still up there high on the list.

SimplyJenW

@LiberTEAS- See, I did the opposite. thepuriTea was first then Lupicia and then Steven Smith(in the order I tried them). For some reason, this one pales in comparison to the other two for me.

Cheryl

What specific factors cause one to bump up (or down) the other? (both of you, lol) I’m guessing it’s a personal taste thing, so trying to get a better clue as to what each of you prefer in an Earl Grey.

SimplyJenW

I like the bergamot to be bright ant not perfumy, so more orangey, maybe. I also like the tea base to be really good. For this one the bergamot seems a little perfumy. I am wondering how recently LiberTEAS purchased hers…… I wonder if SpecialTeas used to be the supplier for thepuriTea’s flavored teas a while back, and now it is someone else. (The reason I say this is I once had a sample from them that even said SpecialTeas Strawberry. Then there was a huge lull in stock for flavored teas right around that time.)

Cheryl

Thanks. And for you Jen, I’m assuming you lean more towards a strong black, like the Keemums you like or so? Smoky scares me (remember) lol But looked up Liber’s Tealicious one, and that is out of consideration based on price alone. Sounds good though! But my everyday one is only $6.60 for 250g, lol (Upton EGCV).

Dylan Oxford

I’m sorry, did you just say $6.60 for 250g, and it’s your favorite? You’re not missing a zero or something there?

SimplyJenW

Hmm. The ones I drink are not smokey, but they are much pricier than the EGCV from Upton. The base for the Lupicia is a Keemun, but a mild one, and I think the base for Steven Smith is an Assam blend. I say drink what you like!

Cheryl

The Assams I’ve tried have been too strong for me. Haven’t tried Keemun coz of smoky description, but will get around to it (some day, lol).
Dylan … yes … no missing zeros. But keep in mind, I haven’t tried all these other ones mentioned, and I add to it (honey, Coffeemate sweet cream, mmmm). Creamsicle’ish. I could…ummm, should… drink it with just the honey though.

K S

Cheryl you have me beat. My favorite is $6 for 100g. I think I will try the creamer idea once, just to see.

Cheryl

Dylan-Upton has 14 different Earls. Like the chocolate one too. And if one were to order samples, one might want to throw in a sample of Tropical Chai Spice too. Or throw those on a shopping list at least.

Cheryl

KS – Coffeemate’s “Natural Bliss” is good, but the (less natural) Italian Sweet Cream is a bit like sweetened condensed milk in taste (mmmm). Which is your favorite? (oh gosh, sorry Jen, I’m doing it again, lol)

Dinosara

I really do have to try the Lupicia and Steven Smith Earls sometime.

SimplyJenW

Don’t worry, Cheryl. I kind of like that Steepster is a place where we can also discuss tea rather than just reviewing it! You can hijack my tealog anytime!

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Dylan Oxford

Oooooh, I’m curious, what are your other two favorites?

SimplyJenW

For true Earl Grey taste: Lupicia’s Earl Grey, and Steven Smith’s Lord Bergamot. I also love Earl Grey Supreme from Harney & Sons, but it is light on the bergamot, but has a fabulous tea base. I probably drink the Harney the most.

LiberTEAS

LOL you sound like me … Lupicia’s and Steven Smith’s were my two favorites before trying this one. Now that I’ve tried this and also Earl Grey Excelsior from Tealicious Tea, those are my two favorites, but, Lupicia’s and Steven Smith’s are still up there high on the list.

SimplyJenW

@LiberTEAS- See, I did the opposite. thepuriTea was first then Lupicia and then Steven Smith(in the order I tried them). For some reason, this one pales in comparison to the other two for me.

Cheryl

What specific factors cause one to bump up (or down) the other? (both of you, lol) I’m guessing it’s a personal taste thing, so trying to get a better clue as to what each of you prefer in an Earl Grey.

SimplyJenW

I like the bergamot to be bright ant not perfumy, so more orangey, maybe. I also like the tea base to be really good. For this one the bergamot seems a little perfumy. I am wondering how recently LiberTEAS purchased hers…… I wonder if SpecialTeas used to be the supplier for thepuriTea’s flavored teas a while back, and now it is someone else. (The reason I say this is I once had a sample from them that even said SpecialTeas Strawberry. Then there was a huge lull in stock for flavored teas right around that time.)

Cheryl

Thanks. And for you Jen, I’m assuming you lean more towards a strong black, like the Keemums you like or so? Smoky scares me (remember) lol But looked up Liber’s Tealicious one, and that is out of consideration based on price alone. Sounds good though! But my everyday one is only $6.60 for 250g, lol (Upton EGCV).

Dylan Oxford

I’m sorry, did you just say $6.60 for 250g, and it’s your favorite? You’re not missing a zero or something there?

SimplyJenW

Hmm. The ones I drink are not smokey, but they are much pricier than the EGCV from Upton. The base for the Lupicia is a Keemun, but a mild one, and I think the base for Steven Smith is an Assam blend. I say drink what you like!

Cheryl

The Assams I’ve tried have been too strong for me. Haven’t tried Keemun coz of smoky description, but will get around to it (some day, lol).
Dylan … yes … no missing zeros. But keep in mind, I haven’t tried all these other ones mentioned, and I add to it (honey, Coffeemate sweet cream, mmmm). Creamsicle’ish. I could…ummm, should… drink it with just the honey though.

K S

Cheryl you have me beat. My favorite is $6 for 100g. I think I will try the creamer idea once, just to see.

Cheryl

Dylan-Upton has 14 different Earls. Like the chocolate one too. And if one were to order samples, one might want to throw in a sample of Tropical Chai Spice too. Or throw those on a shopping list at least.

Cheryl

KS – Coffeemate’s “Natural Bliss” is good, but the (less natural) Italian Sweet Cream is a bit like sweetened condensed milk in taste (mmmm). Which is your favorite? (oh gosh, sorry Jen, I’m doing it again, lol)

Dinosara

I really do have to try the Lupicia and Steven Smith Earls sometime.

SimplyJenW

Don’t worry, Cheryl. I kind of like that Steepster is a place where we can also discuss tea rather than just reviewing it! You can hijack my tealog anytime!

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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