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Ahhhh, we had this tea again tonight. The more we drink it, the more I like it.
Tonight, we had a set of leaves on their third infusion, with Mum’s customary single extra spoonful of fresh tea on the top. The resulting drink was super-smooth, vanilla/caramelly and with all of that amazing mulled-wine/Christmas flavour it usually has.
As it is now, on its third steep, I think I’d really like it as a breakfast tea, maybe just with some plain buttered toast or something. It’s so sweet, citrussy and smooth – it just seems perfect!
This really is a fabulous tea. Mum wants me to order another couple of bags, to have around the house, and I certainly will not say no…!
Had a pot of this tonight, and it was just as lovely as last time! Again, we used ~2 tsp per person (3 of us, this time), but didn’t brew it for quite so long. I dunno why, but it actually tasted better brewed like this, in one of those Bodum glass teapots with the plastic infuser insert, than it did brewed using a brew-basket infuser type thing.
Probably brewed it for ~4 mins and it was amazing – the spices and the orange came through beautifully, and the tea was malty and smooth and definitely not too bitter. The shorter steeping time meant that this pot wasn’t actually very bitter at all – it was just the slightest, citrussy bitterness that I guess you’d expect, given the tea’s ingredients. It also had a lovely fruity astringency. Delicious :D
(As a result of this brewing, and the fact that I know you can re-steep these leaves/herbs at least three times and them still be really delicious and strong-tasting, without getting bitter, I’ve upped my score to 95. It really is a wonderful tea!)
I won’t babble too much about this tea, but I will definitely strongly recommend it! :D
To me, this is a very seasonal tea and is one that I just adore around Christmas time. When you open the bag and breathe deeply, you just get a wonderful Mulled Wine and Christmas smell that really lingers for ages. The tea itself is really good too – I brew it for a quite a long time (6’), which does make it a little bitter (but honestly just a little), but for me this isn’t a problem. With its delightful huge pieces of orange, whole cardamom pods, peppercorns and bits of apple (amongst other ingredients), the tea becoming slightly bitter just brings out the orange/citrus and really makes the tea almost like Mulled Marmalade. It’s so delicious :D
If you’re brewing this tea for the first time, I’d deffo really mixing the bag up before you take your 2 tsp per “mug” (10-11 oz/300-300 ml) (and I’d deffo use that much). Or, what I usually do, is take 1 tsp from near the top of the bag (full of spice pods and orange) and then one tsp from near the bottom of the bag (full of the lovely black tea and peppercorns).
This is the only chai-style, heavily spiced tea that I’ve ever really taken to. Usually, they just don’t get strong enough for me. But this one is a delight. And it is so festive. If you have access to Suki Teas (I’m pretty sure their website delivers fairly far-and-wide), I would strongly recommend treating yourself to a bag of this for the Christmas period.
Flavors: Apple, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Spices
I was offered this tea today at the Co Couture Chocolatiers in Belfast today. It came with my choice of chocolate for two pounds fifty. I chose salted caramel chocolate.
The cup was brought out with the bag in place and a small saucer to set the bag on when I was ready to remove it. The tea was good but nothing spectacular. This had possibly the lightest bergamot flavor of any Earl I have tried.
I saw this tea for sale loose leaf in a shop but I am not tempted to buy it. This would be good for people who like a bare hint of bergamot in their Earl. I still prefer a Keemun base for mine.