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drank Earl Grey by Taylors of Harrogate
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This is a “does the job” earl grey. Although I haven’t tried many earl greys so am not well versed in the range of eg possibilities, I can say it holds to the expected caffeinated standard. This morning I have tempered my eg with a bit of raspberry flavored ceylon. It most certainly takes the robust kick out of the tea equation, and yet makes up for it in the delightful blend of bergamont and raspberry flavor. No competing here, just a gentle meeting of the minds with a little cream and sugar chiming in. It’s very easy to wash over the flavors with too much half and half, so add your cream gingerly to the conversation with every intention not to talk over anyone else.

As an amateur tea blender, I like to think about what qualities are important to me with the teas I’m blending. Ceylon is on the lighter side, so if I want my blend to have strength I won’t use equal parts, and instead offset at 2 to 1 parts. The result is a nice earl grey with a smidge of raspberry flavor. The raspberry flavoring is strong, so it doesn’t get buried by the earl grey. My caution is in blending too many flavors where the tea doesn’t know what it wants to be. Well, now my beautiful bone china mug has been emptied of it’s coppery liquid content, signaling a return to work.

Edit add: now that 5 minutes has passed and the flavors linger – I miss the zingy lift that I get with the more robust breakfast blend. For those of the same fold who like to go deep, to go fully caffeinated, and with trusty sword and shield first thing in the morning – I would recommend against this blend. Stick to your friends, stick to your neighbors, and by all means stick to your tried and true tea family of trusted soldiers when the sun’s rays emerge from the east.

Doulton

Thank you for a lovely post. Maybe this would be a good late afternoon brew?

Marie

Definitely a delightful afternoon brew! I had started out my love affair with tea on flavored ceylon, and ceylon dominant blends, and have since migrated to the weight-baring teas of caffeinated strength. What I desire is a way to flavor-blend the robust teas without sacrificing sword and shield. What is it exactly I wonder that gives black tea flavored with raspberry its raspberry flavor? Hugs to you Doulton this Tuesday am. :)

Doulton

Thank you Amyb! Probably a lot of trial and error and tasting and retasting is required to come up with your perfect blends.
I’ve had some excellent raspberry flavored and some really putrid ones. I’m not sure how the real deep flavor is added. Certainly a few freeze-dried raspberries doesn’t do much.

Right now I seem to be retreating a bit (not too much) from flavors and looking for smoky teas and premium blends.

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Doulton

Thank you for a lovely post. Maybe this would be a good late afternoon brew?

Marie

Definitely a delightful afternoon brew! I had started out my love affair with tea on flavored ceylon, and ceylon dominant blends, and have since migrated to the weight-baring teas of caffeinated strength. What I desire is a way to flavor-blend the robust teas without sacrificing sword and shield. What is it exactly I wonder that gives black tea flavored with raspberry its raspberry flavor? Hugs to you Doulton this Tuesday am. :)

Doulton

Thank you Amyb! Probably a lot of trial and error and tasting and retasting is required to come up with your perfect blends.
I’ve had some excellent raspberry flavored and some really putrid ones. I’m not sure how the real deep flavor is added. Certainly a few freeze-dried raspberries doesn’t do much.

Right now I seem to be retreating a bit (not too much) from flavors and looking for smoky teas and premium blends.

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Intergalactic tea traveler. Will stop this side of the Milky Way for piping hot black tea in a fine bone china cup with milk and sugar. Add a tea sandwich and some sweet morsels and I just might stay a while. Music, Photography, Cooking, Art, Spirituality, and the Paranormal are preferred topics of conversation.

Tea Preferences: ALWAYS loose leaf over bagged fannings or god-forbid, dust. I do bag my own loose leaf, and will resort to pre-bagged black or herbal if I have to. Black tea is always taken with milk and sugar, and herbal may escape the dairy and sweet to thrive on it’s own in the cup on occasion.

Allow yourself the possibility of a life without bagged fannings or dust – and open your heart to all that – that is loose leaf. You’ll immediately discover where ALL the flavor has escaped to. It’s like a universe of flavor you never knew existed. ;)

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