Well. I did a naughty thing. Yesterday we stopped by David’s Tea to replenish a few favourites. We also left with 4 new teas to sample. Today, we went back in to pick up a 2 pack of beautiful double walled glass mugs that were half price (yay!) and we ended up picking up three more teas to sample. The Countess was one of this second batch. I also ordered 4 new teas from 52Teas last night…I have no restraint this week!

Anyway, the beau picked out the Countess. He is a sucker for anything citrus. So much so that he even forgot his theoretical dislike of green teas. Since we had beautiful new mugs (http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/double-wall-glass-mugs) we thought we would brew this one up in our new pretties. We are terrible with water temps…we boiled the water and let it sit for about five minutes. It is definitely cool enough, there is no burnt tea taste at all. I’ve established that my “problems” with green tea stem from a couple cups with water that hadn’t cooled long enough. I also appreciate bolder teas, so the mild nature of greens is strange to me. I should really experiment more with them.

Anyway, the countess! Smells of froot loops and oranges. Steeped, the liquor is a pale green/yellow and smells of a traditional earl grey. Sort of dusty and froot loopy (not a big EG fan over here. I like my Twinings Lady Grey, but that’s about it). The taste is surprisingly pleasant, and actually reminds me a lot of the Twinings Lady Grey. I get a lemony, orangy froot loopy flavour. Quite mild, very sippable. You can taste the green tea, the bergamot and the additional citurs, but no one flavour dominate the rest. The bergamot is a bit forward, I find, but not terribly dusty as it can be. This is a pleasant cuppa, but not one that I would keep on hand for myself. If the beau likes it though, I am more than willing to drink a pot every now and then.

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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.



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