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Ok, the Zenjala Creamy Earl Grey was a sophisticated cup. The vanilla was very mild and served to tame the uncivilized bergamot. Empire Tea Services calls their version luxurious. My take on this is it is more of a frat house version. The vanilla comes screaming out of the pouch, chased by the bergamot beast in a toga. The Ceylon base is like the bass player in the band, you may not notice him untless he stops, then you realize he was responsible for the groove. There are also hints of chocolate and something like burnt caramel or sugar. This is a party in a cup and I don’t think it is intended for meditative moments. Party on.
I under-infused this one only because the leaves are cut so fine I wasn’t sure how intense the flavor was going to be right off the bat.
Under-infusing seemed to fit the bill for my personal palate. This is a brothy-type green! It’s not bitter, it’s not overly grassy or overly sweet. It’s a straight and narrow – bound and determined sort of green! The sort of green tea you would want to have on hand at all times.
So on top of everything else, went to heat up water in the micronuker and after 3 seconds it went Zzzzzzzt and quit. So a quick trip to ‘The Wal-mart’ and I now I have hot water for this mug-o-delight. (One of these days I need a kettle for home) While I enjoy this, it almost seems wrong to add flavors to a delicate white. The bergamot is not heavy and peppery like the green version. It is just a relaxing light cup.
COLD Notes (see previous for HOT):
The Raspberry does seem to pop out more…and it IS a combo of the berry and the Raspberry Greens – such as the leaves! It seems to almost taste more herbally ICED.
Most of you know I don’t add anything to my teas but I think this one would be ok sweetened when doing iced. UNsweetened…I think I actually like it a bit better HOT.
I’m a REBEL. I’m trying a half cup of this HOT first and I have the other half of cup chilling and will review that shortly, too!
This is a bold black tea base with a fairly good amount of Raspberry flavor mixed in. Eventho this is an ICED TEA Blend from Empire this is pretty good HOT, too!
It not only tastes like the berry part but also the greens…like the leaves and stem. Pretty Good!
COLD review coming soon…
The tea I’m drinking doesn’t look like this – but it says it’s what it is so here, goes!
It doesn’t really smell like anything and looks like a lighter black tea finely cut instead of a green tea. It infuses REALLY Dark, too, much like a black tea. (Perhaps it was mismarked?)
This has a VERY subtle cherry flavor (so maybe it isn’t mismarked or maybe it’s a black/green blend???) It just seems too dark to be a straight-up green…regardless it’s tasty. It’s not overly scented or flavored at all!
As it cools at room temperature for a few moments it’s starting to taste more like a green but it’s still very dark – much like a green/black tea blend!
Eventho I’m a bit confused my this tea’s name – I am enjoying my cup! It’s yummy! It’s flavor is VERY subtle which is a bit different from Empire’s other teas. I’m a fan of the taste of this one but I’m not going to rate it just yet because it puzzles me overall.
This has a lovely aroma! Tropical and Fruity but not overly so and certainly not artificial – to the nose.
It infuses to a VERY Dark Brown color – near coffee color. It has that bold black tea base with Mango flavor up-front followed by Kiwi and then Passion Fruit. This is very tasty, nicely flavored black, and great both hot and cold!
I seriously cannot believe how many new teas Empire Tea Services has added and is still adding!!! This is one I couldn’t find on their site. I received a bunch of their new teas but I also see TONS more on there that I haven’t tried yet!!! WOW!
This is a finely cut green with peach flavoring – it nicely scented without over doing it. I did noticed it infuses to a dark green tea than most I have been infusing lately, anyways. Near a light to medium brown – almost a honey color.
The taste of the green tea base is what I would consider medium-strength as is the peach flavoring. I think there is a bit more peach than green tea taste – for those of you who are interesting in flavoring levels.
It’s juicy and sweet and peachy! I really like this! I’m drinking it hot but am assuming it would be just as good iced :)
This is AMAZING!!! That is IF you are a lemon fan :)
I have been drinking a lot of lemon flavored teas lately and especially the lemon flavored black teas reminds me of my “Grandma T” – you can read more about me/her over at http://sororiteasisters.com/who-are-the-sororitea-sisters/
I’m on my 2nd cup of this stuff and I have been trying to think of what the aroma reminds me of and I keep coming back to Lemon-Cream Danish. It has that natural sugary-lemon flavor but then smooths out. It’s a very strong black tea base which follows suit to most of Empire Teas Black Tea Bases…which I LOVE.
But, the LEMON, is really wonderful in this! I just have to point that out a 2nd time :)
I was unable to find this one on their site but I know the fine folks at Empire are adding new teas at the moment so I assume it will be added soon!
I just got this one today! Among others :)
The finely cut-pebbled black tea is a nice solid and strong black base and the strawberry is a nice flavor but doesn’t overpower the black tea base! YAY!
Not only is this a great tasting flavored black – it smell WONDERFUL!!!!
I finished my work day with the tea I almost started with. This smells so luxurious. Wonderful vanilla, bergamot, and orange pieces with a smooth Ceylon base. The vanilla tastes like it has been caramelized, and the flavor flows right into the bergamot. I like the bergamot Empire Tea uses. It is a little different from most I’ve tried. I can never really pick out the orange flavor or maybe that is what gives the bergamot the unique twist. A delicious desert drink. When the sample is gone I plan to order this one.
This has become a bit of a nightly ritual with my wife and me. The bag is half gone already. She asked if we could order this and have it mailed to us. Which should I use? Ummm… no… I think we need to drive an hour and a half and pick it up ;) Or, Sure and the gas money we save by paying shipping we can use to order more tea and make it worth our while. Yeah, I think I am going with the second.
I had this last night. LiberTeas description of Tutti Frutti sounded kind of like this. I was reminded of it again this morning at the farmer’s market when I passed a booth selling lavender. The first few cups of this I couldn’t pick out individual flavors. Now I am used to it enough I am catching the spearmint (but it is not overpowering – I generally don’t like spearmint). It props up the rose and lavender. Again neither of which are strong in themselves. Sipping this without thinking it kind of comes off as grape Kool-Aid. I think that makes this a decaf grown up kid’s drink :)
Backlogging from Wednesday. Tuesday night my son and I took our telescopes to the state park to help a friend do a public outreach program during the Venus transit. If you missed it, sorry it won’t happen again in your lifetime. It was well attended and a lot of fun. Wednesday I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. Apparently I am a wimp. Flash forward to bedtime. I want tea. This has decaf in it. A pleasant ending to the day.
Before I get to this tea – I went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. They used to serve Golden Peak iced tea. It wasn’t bad. Whatever they switched to was awesome for restaurant tea. Great depth. Great bite. Made my tongue tingle. The tamale was good too.
On to this one – still can’t figure out why the name on this one. I can lightly pick out the lavender today. I can also taste something sort of like pumpkin spice – is that what safflower tastes like? Can’t really pick out the black tea. It’s pleasant enough but is kind of one of those teas for people who don’t really like tea. The dry leaf looks like my cockatiel would love it.
Saying good bye to the oldest tea in my drawer. I haven’t proven to be the biggest fan of Keemun on its own but I do enjoy it blended with other teas. This is an excellent Ceylon Keemun blend. Today I saw this tea in an all new light. This is the first time I have brewed this immediately after Bailin Gong Fu, and amazingly they are far more similar than different. This one is almost equally malty but lightly more astringent. The leaf in the press has a sweet hay/chocolate notes aroma. This is a civilized cup with nice rounded edges. I bought this with a co-worker. When his half runs out, if he wants to keep it in his arsenal, I will reorder with him. This is just good.
Just noticed this is my 300th tasting note!
I love Earl Grey. I love a citrusy bergamot that doesn’t attempt to hide but doesn’t get in your face either. I love a Ceylon base. It is strong enough to stand on its own without being obnoxious. I love vanilla. There is a whole lot of love in this cup. Maybe if I looked around a while I would find something I like better… maybe… but I sure don’t feel like I am settling. If you drink this while it is really hot, it tastes like vanilla. The cooler the cup gets the more it tastes of bergamot.