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I’ve been neglecting my tea lately. The husband and I are in the process of house shopping (and offering!) so all these things I mean to do… yeah, they haven’t been getting done. Shame on me. But today, I’m trying to reverse the trend. First step tea review, next step the world!

Ahem. So I realize this is random, but I like the fact that Mount Gray is spelled with an “a”. What can I say? I’m a Southern girl. “Grey” is not my default setting.

The smell is fragrant and a bit sharp. Spicy, I’d say. Perfume-y (just a tad) but in an expensive way and something that had a strong white pepper note or something. It tickles my nose, but it isn’t unpleasant. Currently, my top EG is Whittard of Chelsea’s, so I can’t help but compare a little. I don’t detect the earthy edge WoC’s had in this one, though that could be because the pepper tickle in my nose prevents me from massive sniffing.

In my cup, the smell mellows greatly. It has been a bit since I had WoC’s (my default tea lately has been a comforting Keemun) but I think this is mellower in cup. It’s a bit more floral and sweet than the peppery it was dry, but it’s pretty – soft and sort of cushy with an occasional twang of pepper.

So I’m a tiny bit mixed on the taste. It’s not overwhelmingly flavored – the bergamot is nice and light – definitely noticeable but not punch-you-in-the-face – but it edges a tad towards the floral. Not disturbingly so, but I do tend to prefer my bergamots with a tad of a peel note to them (I like that note of sharp intensity in my citrus). This one lacks that note, it seems. Also, the tea itself feels kind of… thin? I’m sure part of that is the fact that I do such short steep times (about 1:30) but other teas can feel silky and sexy after that steep time, why can’t this one? And, as is the case with most EGs, the flavor of the tea itself is definitely not a main player. I’m not even sure I’d say it is a backup singer. More like the random percussion dude that plays the maracas. You don’t really notice him, but he does add nice depth to the song.

All that whining aside, the balance of the flavoring is really nice. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s just flat out pretty. Soft and very easy to drink, the overall vibe is nice and relaxing. It’s the kind of tea that you heave a big sigh after sipping, releasing all your tension. As it cools, the balance of the bergamot shifts a tad from floral to citrus-sweet, and I like that.

I can’t say that yes, this is what Jean Luc Picard would drink, but I definitely don’t think he’d dump it out of his teacup.

Skulleigh

“…as is the case with most EGs, the flavor of the tea itself is definitely not a main player. I’m not even sure I’d say it is a backup singer. More like the random percussion dude that plays the maracas. You don’t really notice him, but he does add nice depth to the song.” I LOVE this description! It’s so spot on and awesomely phrased. :)

PS – Grey, dammit! LOL. Their spelling keeps tripping me up. I read too many British books as a child. GrEy is my default setting!

Auggy

Thanks! Glad the maraca player wasn’t too totally random. And hey, you E people get every other EG, let us A-ers have this one! :)

Angrboda

E-ers and A-ers…? Hey, did you just give me a great mnemonic to remember which spelling is used on which continent? I do believe you did!

Auggy

Hey, that would work, wouldn’t it? By the way, your tea package that I wanted to send weekend before last? Yeah, hasn’t happened yet. I have it on my to-do list though (and it is in bold, meaning it is greatly overdue!) So sorry!

Angrboda

No worries, Auggy. :)

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Skulleigh

“…as is the case with most EGs, the flavor of the tea itself is definitely not a main player. I’m not even sure I’d say it is a backup singer. More like the random percussion dude that plays the maracas. You don’t really notice him, but he does add nice depth to the song.” I LOVE this description! It’s so spot on and awesomely phrased. :)

PS – Grey, dammit! LOL. Their spelling keeps tripping me up. I read too many British books as a child. GrEy is my default setting!

Auggy

Thanks! Glad the maraca player wasn’t too totally random. And hey, you E people get every other EG, let us A-ers have this one! :)

Angrboda

E-ers and A-ers…? Hey, did you just give me a great mnemonic to remember which spelling is used on which continent? I do believe you did!

Auggy

Hey, that would work, wouldn’t it? By the way, your tea package that I wanted to send weekend before last? Yeah, hasn’t happened yet. I have it on my to-do list though (and it is in bold, meaning it is greatly overdue!) So sorry!

Angrboda

No worries, Auggy. :)

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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