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drank Smoked Earl Grey by The Tao of Tea
911 tasting notes

Okay, I’m having the exact same problem as sophistre with this tea. I am not quite sure what to make of it – it confuses me. The smell reminds me of Samovar’s Scarlet Sable but the taste is different. Both the EG and smoke flavors are stronger in this one. The EG is more… perfumed? But not in a evil perfume-y EG way that makes me think I’m drinking those little decorative soaps. The smoke flavor is more… acrid? But not in a thick, tarry way that feels like a combination of smoke, road tar and syrup. This one doesn’t have quite the same smoothness as Scarlet Sable and is a bolder tea. Overall, I prefer Scarlet Sable but I’m not writing this one off yet.

I need to play with this more, spend a bit of time with it, before I can give it a rating. Something in the taste of this makes me feel that there is user error involved – the balance seems a little wonky. Like I used too much leaf or steeped too long. Perhaps it needs more sugar or less milk? Or maybe no additives at all? I feel like this is right on the cusp of greatness and then I screwed it up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Strangely, when I had this — the one or two times that I had it, ha — I didn’t drink it with additives. I’m not sure why — Earl Grey is usually the one tea aside from chai that I, by default, add cream and sugar to. Maybe it was the smoke component that made me hesitate?

Either way, it really is a weird tea!

Auggy

It is a weird little tea but I definitely think I’m going to enjoy playing with it!

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sophistre

Strangely, when I had this — the one or two times that I had it, ha — I didn’t drink it with additives. I’m not sure why — Earl Grey is usually the one tea aside from chai that I, by default, add cream and sugar to. Maybe it was the smoke component that made me hesitate?

Either way, it really is a weird tea!

Auggy

It is a weird little tea but I definitely think I’m going to enjoy playing with it!

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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!

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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!

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