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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
117 tasting notes

This was in my LiberTEAS Sampler Box. I can almost say, with a totally straight face, that this is a very satisfying Earl Grey (bwahaha, I typed “satisfrying” and had to go fix it after I stopped giggling), and I’m almost sure I know what that means in this context. Let’s see…

Dry leaf fragrance blindfold test: Hmm… Very obviously black tea, but not very obviously Earl Grey. There’s something in here, I’m just not sure what. Maybe because I’ve never smelled “oil of bergamot” on its own, so I couldn’t identify it if I tried. Basically I just look for kind of a lemony scent, and I didn’t really find that here. I smelled hay, though. Yes, hay. Don’t look at me like that, I don’t know either.

Steeped tea blindfold test: Okay, now I can definitely identify it as an Earl Grey. With hay.

Flavour: Yep, Earl Grey, but not of the in-your-face ilk. Smooth, pleasant. And, er, it doesn’t taste like hay, as far as I can tell, but I’m no Huck Finn. Bonus: no bitterness or astringency.

Will I stock it after my sample’s done? No. I only need to stock one Earl Grey, and so far my favourite is Golden Moon’s Tippy Earl Grey. Do I like it enough to finish my sample? Absolutely, it’s really quite lovely, it’s just not “the one.” Y’know? Also, the caffeine’s pretty strong in this one. In case you can’t tell, I’m a little loopy from it.

Tea amount: 1 tsp/~4.75g
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: None

Oh! I discovered something just now. My two infusers are in the sink and I didn’t feel like washing them since I’d just done a load of dishes, so I used one of those paper bag things that you get free with some tea orders. And what I discovered is that I have no clue what to do with them. I just took one, put in my teaspoon of tea, and wrapped it up and presented it to my teacup like a little gift. It worked out okay, I guess—I mean, none of the tea escaped its confines to go for a quick paddle, but the bag did leave behind a kind of papery taste on which I’m not altogether keen.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I am glad that you enjoyed this tea. It is a good Earl Grey.

Regarding the papery taste from the T-Sac type filters … I never really took the time to notice it before recently … maybe because I don’t usually use T-Sacs unless I’m on the go, but, the last time I used a T-Sac, I noticed a slight papery taste that didn’t excite me. It had been so long since I’ve used a T-Sac for my personal tea enjoyment, but, yes, the flavor is there … not a strong flavor, but, it’s there, nonetheless.

Bonnie

Good that you notice the t-sac, it means your taste buds are fine tuned!

DaisyChubb

Tsacs are great to have on hand for tiny rooibos of guayusa blends – I usually use them for lattes too to mask the slight paper taste :3

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LiberTEAS

I am glad that you enjoyed this tea. It is a good Earl Grey.

Regarding the papery taste from the T-Sac type filters … I never really took the time to notice it before recently … maybe because I don’t usually use T-Sacs unless I’m on the go, but, the last time I used a T-Sac, I noticed a slight papery taste that didn’t excite me. It had been so long since I’ve used a T-Sac for my personal tea enjoyment, but, yes, the flavor is there … not a strong flavor, but, it’s there, nonetheless.

Bonnie

Good that you notice the t-sac, it means your taste buds are fine tuned!

DaisyChubb

Tsacs are great to have on hand for tiny rooibos of guayusa blends – I usually use them for lattes too to mask the slight paper taste :3

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.


Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.


This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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