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drank Earl Grey by thepuriTea
974 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon……

I really wanted to buy a few teas from thepuriTea, and this one kind of just jumped into my cart in the amount of 8 oz. I know, completely shocking! Really, there was not that big of a price jump from 4 to 8 ounces, and I needed to pad the cart a little to get to that golden level of free shipping. Plus, the description……well, they had me at “Fujianese” for the tea base…… What more could a Chinese black tea loving girl want in an Earl Grey?

I am not disappointed in this one…. The bergamot notes are bright. The tea base is very good! I am not sure I could pinpoint a difference between this and my new found favorite EG from Lupicia. Aha! Yet another mystery that needs to be solved by your ace tea detective, SimplyJenW! Comparisons to come at a later date, because all of this perkiness in my tasting note is more tiring than I thought…..or maybe it was the shoveling snow……

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
looseTman

“The tea base is very good! I am not sure I could pinpoint a difference between this and my new found favorite EG from Lupicia.” Have you compared these two EG teas?

SimplyJenW

This was so long ago. It was pretty good, but I know I liked the Lupicia better. This one was just slightly mustier of a bergamot (even though it is still on the bright side) than Lupicia’s. If it is any indication, I probably gave about 5 ounces of this away to an EG loving friend.

looseTman

Thanks Jen! So what are your favorite EG & EG cream now?

SimplyJenW

I have pretty much given up Earl Grey Cream. The last EGC that I liked was from English Tea Store online. I have several favorite Earls for different reasons. The most reliable and versatile would be Earl Grey Supreme from Harney as it is good iced and makes good hot tea. If I want lots of bergamot, I go for Lupicia. If I want lots of citrus + bergamot, I go for Harney’s Diamond Jubilee or Dammann Freres Goute Rousse Doutchka when I can get it. You also should take into consideration that I am no longer seeking out new Earls (or any teas, really) as I love the ones I currently have (plus I am a Harney fangirl).

looseTman

Thanks for sharing the results of your tea journey! Harney & Sons appear to have many fans.

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looseTman

“The tea base is very good! I am not sure I could pinpoint a difference between this and my new found favorite EG from Lupicia.” Have you compared these two EG teas?

SimplyJenW

This was so long ago. It was pretty good, but I know I liked the Lupicia better. This one was just slightly mustier of a bergamot (even though it is still on the bright side) than Lupicia’s. If it is any indication, I probably gave about 5 ounces of this away to an EG loving friend.

looseTman

Thanks Jen! So what are your favorite EG & EG cream now?

SimplyJenW

I have pretty much given up Earl Grey Cream. The last EGC that I liked was from English Tea Store online. I have several favorite Earls for different reasons. The most reliable and versatile would be Earl Grey Supreme from Harney as it is good iced and makes good hot tea. If I want lots of bergamot, I go for Lupicia. If I want lots of citrus + bergamot, I go for Harney’s Diamond Jubilee or Dammann Freres Goute Rousse Doutchka when I can get it. You also should take into consideration that I am no longer seeking out new Earls (or any teas, really) as I love the ones I currently have (plus I am a Harney fangirl).

looseTman

Thanks for sharing the results of your tea journey! Harney & Sons appear to have many fans.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

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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