2895 Tasting Notes
I don’t always get along with Bergamot flavored teas, but lately I’ve been getting them for Tony to sample, since he loves Bergamot, & sampling them myself, & some of them are better than others.
Like other flavorings, Bergamot can be aweful, using chemicals to create the flavor & aroma. I think that’s why some Earls are definitely a “NO” for me, creating an acidic feeling that I hate.
I like this Earl Grey! First off, the base is a mix of Ceylons & Assams, a really nice blend that is a malty, sweet, bright, & smooth, with more substance than your typical Earl. I like that!
Also, the bergamot is REAL bergamot oil from Italy! It says so on the package, which is nice because so many flavored teas don’t really tell you if the flavorings are real or artificial.
One more thing: I steeped this 4 minutes. 2nd steeping was 5, & for the 3rd steeping I combined the leaf from this & #49 for 6 minutes. All 3 cups were awesome, & the bergamot held up nicely into the 3rd steeping.
Admittedly, I don’t always resteep teas, especially flavored teas. I may even try a 4th…
Two of my tea orders arrived! Yeah!
This is the first tea I’ve ever had from Steven Smith Teamaker.
When I was in 6th grade I had a crush on a boy named Steven Smith, LOL.
Anyway, this tea is VERY assam! Malty, caramely, fruity in a bright wine like way, & there is an undertone of allspice here too.
It also resteeps very well!
Right now the peach & apricot trees in my garden are thinking of blooming.
I have a longstanding love affair with peaches, & in the past have really loved certain peach teas. More recently I’ve felt disillusioned with them. Several of my tea trades included every peach tea you could imagine, & some were better than others. With peach you often get a VERY artificial flavor. So I’m not as into peach tea as I used to be.
Having said that, this is actually pretty tasty! The first time I had it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Today, I’m loving it. Peach, Mango, & spices. I needed something dessert like, & this is a nice treat.
My son Leif really likes this, so it’s almost gone…
I’m enjoying another round with this oolong, which was part of the January Reserve TOMC. I went through the process:
smell dry leaf
drop leaf into hot gaiwan & cover
smell again – ahhh…the best fruit loops ever, kind of tropical! Plus a really heady fruity incense.
The early steepings are tropical & floral, mouthwatering the there is that incense sensation, tickling my sinuses.
Next I started noticing a tongue & sinus kind of tingly numbly sensation, & cooling too…kind of like mint or camphor.
I’m suppose to be practicing right now. I have a performance with an ensemble tomorrow at webster U: guitar, harp, bass, cello, viola, 2 voices, drum set & mallets/hand percussion. I’ll get to it in a minute.
Now after each sip there is a meaty umami kind of flavor & sensation down the center of my tongue, followed by a wash of salivation around the sides, & that sparkly sensation.
I honestly can say that this is probably my favorite Adagio blend of all.
A nice strong Irish Breakfast laced with vanilla & Hazelnuts? Yeah!
I made a whole pot of it, again drinking the first cup straight, & adding ‘cream’ & stevia to the rest.
There’s just enough left to send to a special friend…if she wants it?
I’m feeling groggy, crabby, & sleep deprived. I also woke up with a bitter taste in my mouth, & am having a spacey headachey morning. It’s allergies, & it pisses me off!
I drank a cup of this plain, while I was fixing my breakfast. It’s pleasantly bold & I’m really tasting the slight smokiness of the Keemun. I made a pot of it while I was drinking the cup, to have with breakfast, & added stevia & french vanilla coconut creamer, & it was very nice! I was on a creamer & stevia jag with black tea for awhile, & in fact it was really hard to break myself of it. Then for a long time I just drank all my teas black. Now I’m kind of enjoying both. The first cup is savory, the 2nd cup is dessert! Adding those things always brings out qualities in a tea that I might not notice otherwise.
And we all love variety, right?
Second Breakfast Celebration (of finishing my taxes).
My daughter & grandson came, & we made Gingerbread almond flour pancakes, bacon, coconut whipped cream (OMG…it’s amazing!), a little drizzle of maple syrup, and it was awesome.
Ari picked this tea to go with our meal. I would have probably picked something plain & black, as a contrast to all the sweet creamy flavors, but this was pretty tasty. It is basically a coconut chai, & a tasty one at that! I didn’t get the full impact of the flavors, because I was already eating lots of coconut & spice flavors. There is enough left in the package to sample it without food next time.