2402 Tasting Notes
Traditionally I have NOT been a big fan of Earl Grey. This came in my Lupicia grab bag and it isn’t something I would have chosen for myself but I figured I would try it and I can always give it away to a friend.
Upon opening the bag there is a very strong but pleasant bergamot aroma. I am hopeful although I’m not a huge fan of keemun either so it isn’t a good sign overall. :)
This is pretty good however. I am trying to rate it based on its merits and not my own personal preferences. I decided to add soymilk to it and the bergamot is very strong and citrus-y. I don’t know why but keemuns always taste muddy to me so that’s the least enjoyable part of this in my opinion but it does make a good contrast with the bergamot and is pretty unique. It’s definitely a lot better than most EG’s I’ve had though. I think my favorite is still Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith.
So it’s been a while since I’ve had this one and I went to the T-We website and saw they have some new stuff, I need to go back soon and check out some of their other offerings. :)
Anyway this is a very strong and in your face blend which is why it’s called RENEGADE, I guess! This morning it seems really strong to me, almost a bit like coffee. The cinnamon is very pronounced too… It’s really good and getting me moving today!
I got this tea in my latest Della Terra order and really wanted to try it based on some of the other reviews I’ve read.
It definitely smells a lot like a gooey dessert and I’m drinking it as a dessert tea. I’m getting a lot of brown sugar flavor out of this one. Pineapple and cherry are both present but a bit in the background. I’m not getting butter per se but it does seem very cake like. Adding some soymilk seems to have brought the cream flavor forth. I’ll probably finish off the 1 oz. I got in no time.
I got this sample from Shelley ages ago and am just getting around to drinking it now.
I followed the recommended steeping instructions and thought I’d first try this plain. It is malty but has a winey note almost like a keemun. The tea is very smooth and without much bitterness at all.
I did end up adding a touch of sugar and some soymilk. As the cup cools I am getting flavors of cocoa and also a bit of a bready flavor. Very flavorful and rich. This is nice! I can see why there are so many positive reviews, I am glad I got the chance to try it.
Finally finishing off the rest of this tea I got over a year ago, I really had a small amount and decided to make whole pot of tea, I probably should have used a mug, because this tea is kind of weak, oh well. I think I need to stay at home and drink a lot of tea today because it’s cold and I am feeling like I’m getting sick. We thought the foggy season was almost over here but the fog is baaaaack!
This tea is part of the Assam sampler from Upton I got a few months ago. I’m surprised that nobody has added it yet so I went ahead and did it.
This tea got brewed up in the For Life teapot for 3.5 minutes. I already decided to add sugar and soymilk before I got the chance to try it plain. It is malty with a bit of winey-ness, reminds me of your typical Irish breakfast tea which are made of assams as well. Good for the foggy morning we are having.
In my mind it isn’t anything exceptional but this is a good, solid assam.
Tea of the morning here, this isn’t really a favorite of mine for some reason, I’ve had it for a while and can’t seem to make myself finish the bag. Lupicia recommends making it as an iced tea so maybe I will try that today. It seems a bit medicinal to me. see previous notes if interested.