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I always come back to this tea. I am black tea for the mornings kind of woman, and I like green teas other times of the day (and spearmint if it’s before bed), but I do always come back to this tea as my #1 favorite. It has just enough of a hint of cherry to make a black tea have flavor and hits the spot just right. It’s hard to over-steep this to the point where it becomes bitter. In my experience, if I am using the hot water from the canteen at work (versus hot water that has been near boiling in the teapot at home), steeping time of about 5 minutes is right for me. My grocery store (Woodman’s) carries this for around $3.69 a box. Not bad for 25 packets of ORGANIC tea. And it’s imported from France. I am also happy with the design of the tea bag (not a fan of the ones without tags).
What the???? Is that pepper? Yep. That’s pepper.
I couldn’t even finish the cup. The base itself wasn’t bad – it’s just that weird pepper aftertaste that just lingers far too long. Ingredients say it also has vanilla. Where that be?
I very rarely say I wouldn’t recommend a tea, because everyone is different. But, if you don’t think you’d like pepper in your earl grey, stay away.
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Leaves: Tea Bag
Steep: 1m, 2m
Color: Reddish Brown
Taste: This is my first time trying a Earl Grey tea. I had ordered a sample packet on iherb & it came with 3 different teas from St.Dalfour. I had never heard of this company before so i decided to give it a try. What I found unique about this tea was the aroma it was peppery, which is quite different from what I’m used to when it comes to tea. As for the taste it was strong peppery & bitter, the second steep was lighter in flavor.Overall, I didn’t like this tea.
The earthiness of the mint counterbalanced the edginess of the mint actually quite nicely. This blend was better than I expected, but still not fabulous. It was… Surprisingly tolerable, I guess.
I’m still adjusting to my new workplace. I found a box of this in the breakroom and reached for it because I was needing something soothing. It certainly fulfilled that need, if nothing else.
The bottom line for me: This is a very pleasant and enjoyable tea, but not quite a normal Earl Grey taste you may initially be looking for.
The first thing I notice of this tea is its very unique aroma. It has a wonderful citrus-y scent, very warm and not so strong as to feel like an herbal tea. It actually reminds me of the smell of sweet pipe tobacco mixed with orange peel.
Flavor and Body
The tea is a very light black tea, with strong citrus overtones. The bergamot in this Earl Grey is not very strong. Normally I prefer strong bergamot, however this tea makes it taste just right.
The tea has a very calm and enjoyable feel to it, and I don’t drink it as an everyday tea, but rather just when I wish to take a few minutes and relax, or perhaps when I am enjoying some reading or dessert. It is certified organic, which is a nice perk. Even if the tea is not of the most high quality or expensive, I truly enjoy this tea over many other, higher priced teas. Give it a taste!
Flavors: Bergamot, Maple, Orange, Sweet
This tea seems to be one that tastes completely different when drunk at different temperatures. Last time I had it when it was lukewarm, and this time I tried it before it cooled completely. There’s some citrus to it, but mostly it’s like clover honey, with a strong scent of sweetgrass. I’m still not getting much EG out of it, but this tea is really unique and delicious.
My dad got me this as a surprise a couple of days ago, and since I’m generally open to trying any and all earl greys that cross my path I didn’t turn it down. This one is interesting, because the taste doesn’t scream “earl grey” to me at all. It’s a little spicy in a peppery way and there’s a darker, almost chocolatey note to it that reminds me of mocha instead of tea. Definitely good but not at all what I was expecting!
This is surprisingly good, though I did sweeten it so the mango flavor was pretty evident. I brought a whole bunch of bagged teas to work to get through them as I prefer loose leaf at home. Anyway, this didn’t get bitter even when using the office’s hot water (where I can’t tell the temperature). I used the same bag for 2 cups and it held up pretty well. Not something I would seek out, but maybe with a sale or something, I wouldn’t mind it again. I think I have 1 more bag and than I’ll be out.
It’s a nice tea, but I get mostly Ceylon and almost no cherry. I wish I could pick up on the cherry flavor a bit more, because the cherry aroma of the dry leaf, though subtle, smelled natural a d enticing.
I’m using the electric pot at work, so the water is just under boiling. Maybe if I use boiling water, more of the cherry flavor will come through.
I bought this expecting it to be an organic herbal tea, but turns out it was a Ceylon tea flavored with peppermint. Usually I am very sensitive to caffeine, thus try to avoid black/green tea as well as coffee except for some very special occasions, but this one was alright. I drank it at night and had no problem falling asleep. Taste wise it’s very mild and cooling enough to soothe throat and open nasal passages. I must say even though it wasn’t the product I was looking for it wasn’t as disappointing. I think I got what my money’s worth and am okay with this purchase.
I’m giving this a higher rating than it probably deserves. I brewed a cup of this and then was distracted by this: http://jezebel.com/lets-adopt-all-of-these-rescued-farm-animals-immediate-1486782561 which led me to almost cry and then go to Farm Sanctuary’s site. 12 minutes later, this was severely over-brewed, but it didn’t get bitter or super-astringent. I love leaves that are forgiving, and I am in a generous holiday mood so I am giving this a high rating!
Strawberry coconut latte today! Whee!
This tea is actually really nice. I should take it out of my “out” pile and start drinking it more.
(So maybe this isn’t a sipdown!)
In other news, there’s a tea event happening March 15 in Vancouver! I’m hoping to do the black tea tasting with a friend. We’re waiting till tomorrow to buy tickets though…
Anyone else interested? I’m trying to support tea ventures in Vancouver, but these places really aren’t that great about getting word out. :/ I’ve linked the tickets page and the FB event page below.
The extra tastings are:
Black tea education: 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Semi oxidized tea education: 12:30 am – 1: 45 pm
Green tea education: 2:00 am – 3:15 pm
This just might be the (bagged) strawberry tea of my dreams!
I steeped for 2 minutes as suggested on the box. Next time I’ll do my usual three. A little honey, a little cream, and yum.
Still on the search for a naturally flavoured strawberry loose leaf tea, but I’m not in much of a rush anymore. :)
How much Candy Corn is too much Candy Corn?
okay okay what i meant to say is, i just ordered like $150 worth of tea from a few different companies cuz my stash is finally running low! it’s very exciting. i’ve learned so much about tea through all the awesome samples so many of you have shared with me over the year. So now that i have room for more tea in my cupboard, it’s great to be able to confidently buy teas i know i will enjoy immensely!
idk where this tea bag came from, lingering in the bottom of a drawer in the kitchen. but it was preserved nicely. and brews rather well.
I’ve tried peppermint teas before and I hated them. But for some reason I decided to try this and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t too strong and has an actual minty feel after swallowing, like when you drink water after chewing a piece of gum.
This is also wonderful cold brewed and mixed with a black tea. Very refreshing especially on a hot day.