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Yesterday I had the bagged version iced. It was good for the moment. Today we left home early and on the way out of town I grabbed one of these full leaf sachets iced at Starbuck’s. Iced tea seems to confuse them. That amuses me. I ended up with one iced tea and a cup of hot tea. The iced was nice and citrusy floral with lavender notes. Once I finished it, I grabbed the now cooled hot cup and yeah, I couldn’t drink it. I made a scrunchy face that lasted several minutes. I very seldom complain of astringency but this was like hyper astringent.
My earlier Tazo EG post was from yesterday. I am sitting at Starbucks again today downloading a cad program so I can draw up a porch for our home. We hope to finally build it this summer after 23 years.
The kind folks behind the counter are new and they don’t seem to get tea – imagine that at a coffee shop. I asked for iced, I am pretty sure they forgot and just prepared it as a hot tea as they gave me a leftover cup. The iced cup has no ice – it melted, so they gave me a cup of ice. This is very bitter. I kind of get the whole blergamot thing. What a difference a day makes. I took it in stride. It amused me and it is my fault for expecting s small town coffee shop to get tea right.
I know I have posted on this tea before but I don’t feel like digging through the archives to figure out under what listing – anyway, from Starbucks, iced. Not my favorite EG but it is pretty good, especially from the full leaf sachets. For years people rated Tazo EG much higher than I did. I thought they, like Sil, must hate blergamot as she calls it. I never got any wonderful bright citrus notes out of it. All I was getting was wimpy plain tea. Maybe I always got an expired bag or one stored in direct sunlight. Whatever the reason I was not impressed. Same goes for Harney Supreme EG – I did not get bergamot from it so it did not speak to me. Fortuitously, ordering this Tazo EG in house results in a pretty good cup. Makes me happy I did not give up trying.
A breakfast tea to attempt to get me up and going this morning! We had an ice storm last night and I did not want to leave my cozy bed to go out in the yucky-ness. Unfortunately, I had to so here I am with a cup of tea in one hand and keyboard keys at the other. This is really very good. No astringency or bitterness in the base and a nice color. This could really lend itself to pretty much anything but then, I suppose that it the point of breakfast teas. This has done its job so I guess I ought to go do mine!
Today’s trip to Starbucks began with a tall Americano with long shots. Pretty simple and pretty small, since I knew that I’d be lingering around for refills—I was meeting a friend visiting from out of town.
For my first refill, I finally decided to put the Earl Grey full-leaf sachet to the test. I had already tried the Tazo Earl Grey filterbags (in the dark purple envelopes), and also the older version of loose leaf, which came in a cylindrical yellow can. In fact, I believe that I may still have a bit of that on hand…
I have been pretty happy with the Tazo Earl Grey, and was wondering whether the sachets would be better, since they feature large leaf pieces. My first observation was that the sachet is generously loaded with leaves, which is important to me because I do not drink black tea weak, especially not Earl Grey and Assam, since I prefer to add cream. So the sachet in a tall (12 ounce) cup was a good match for me, though the same sachet is used for customers who order a grande tea (16 ounce). For me, that might be too weak, but the resultant liquor in the tall cup was nice and dark golden brown.
I added half and half, and the brew tasted pretty good, but interestingly enough, it was not as strong on the bergamot as I remembered the filterbag and loose leaf (non-sachet) to have been. The quality of the black tea seemed just okay—a little scratchy, but that may be because I have become spoiled by Earl Grey Blanc (also Tazo), which includes a dollop of delicious vanilla.
All in all, my first Tazo Earl Grey sachet experience was not bad, but I feel that I have to do this again before attaching a number to this tea.
heavens! if you seek to perfume your viscera, this is most certainly your tea!!
i understand earl grey is a classic, beloved by many, i’m just not understanding why, given what i am tasting at this particular moment. is this for real? granted, i think Tazo did a good job sourcing quality tea & ingredients (they most certainly are what they are- and unashamed, at that!), i just think they’re rather cacophonous when put together.
when i first smelled this through the peephole, i was immediately hit with a blast of astringent bergamot that became increasingly metallic by the minute. i’m not sure if it’s the lavender that’s causing me to think i’m tasting a metallic, herbal quasi-citrus, as i’ve never tasted bergamot on its own, nor have i smelled it, though i do know it’s frequently used as a top note in perfumes.
anyway, i got a cup of this as an experiment, simply because i wanted to learn what earl grey tastes like (apparently i’ve never had it!) and my, was it memorable. this one is quite tinny & medicinal…very perfumey. i think that’s really the lavender speaking. the Earl is distinctive & ribald, a thoroughly pungent character! any feelings toward him are strictly black or white: i can’t imagine it’s possible to experience him in shades of grey! a necessary pun, i’m just sorry.
in this tea’s defense, i know i can’t stand lavender as a fragrance, and i’m sent running at the slightest hint of it, so it stands to reason that i wouldn’t like its taste. it truly makes me recoil. that may have been this particular earl’s downfall. for me it’s like clove: all or nothing, love or hate. quite remarkable then, that i managed to ingest it! Tazo’s EG reminds me of pine needle, or something akin to the monstrous patchouli in Thierry Mugler’s Angel. it doesn’t just flavor the punch, it spikes it with a vengeance. this is quite simply, potable cologne.
way harsh, tai.
At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.
This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.
This is not my favourite Earl Grey, but I keep it around for my mother and those that come over and want to have Earl Grey because I don’t have any in loose leaf (that will change though.) I got it on sale for Starbucks and their 12 days of Christmas, TAZO tea tins were on sale.
This is a very flowery Earl Grey and I think the lavender in it overpowers the beautiful Bergamont, which is a pity. It’s a good run-of-the-mill Earl Grey, but there are other companies that do it better if you’re looking for run-of-the-mill.
It’s been several months since I’ve been on here, and it is now the New Year so HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sorry I’ve been away—college got very busy, very quickly. I’m taking graduate courses early, while I’m still in my undergrad, so my classes were a lot harder than usual. That being said, I didn’t have time for a lot of tea drinking, sadly, and/or I didn’t have time for reviewing.
This new year, and also this cold, cold weather we’re experiencing in my area (hello, winter!) will be cause for me to finally clean out the remainder of my tea (my stash is getting low! HELP! SEND ME TEA!) and do some more reviewing.
Anyways, onto the review…
It’s strange to say this about such a simple, bagged Earl Grey but this particular cup was the best cuppa Grey I’ve had in a long while. I think what made it special is that I had no cream, and I added a LOT of honey to it, so there was this wonderful honeyed-Bergamot flavour to it. It was very sweet, with a soft mouthfeel. It was very pleasant and gentle tasting—it had the classic Earl Grey flavour but it didn’t overpower the tastebuds—sometimes that happens.
I think this tea is a classic, so there is no exact “right way” to drink it. It goes best with either milk and sugar, or a little lemon, or lemon and honey, but any of those options make Earl Grey good.
I will say, as I’ve matured in my tea drinking, that any tea, ESPECIALLY Earl Grey, should be steeped in water that is LESS than boiling, so 190 Farhenheit has always been my go to “hot” temperature, or even 200. I feel like a rolling boil damages most teas, so it’s just best to avoid dumping that much hot water on tea. (Also, let’s be honest, boiling water isn’t safe for people, and it takes longer for the tea to be a good drinking temperature, unless you…like burning your tongue?)
This cup was a pleasant afternoon drink and I’m very satisfied with it. :)
I love Earl Grey very much. I’ll try any Earl Grey, and for the most part, I enjoy whatever I try. Tazo is no exception, and I’ve always loved Tazo teas. Me personally, I think they are pretty good quality for a bagged tea, and now they do sell loose leaf, too, so you can have either.
Quality/brand aside, this tea is darn near perfect. It has the lovely flavor Earl Grey is known for, and it is not bitter at all, which is the one problem I encounter with Earl Grey sometimes. This tea, however, doesn’t have any of that. It’s just got a wonderful, smooth taste, a slightly astringent aftertaste (the good kind) and it takes vanilla soy milk well, which is a lovely surprise.
I’m so excited to have this in my stash now! I should add, by the way, that this is the loose leaf sachet kind you can get from Starbucks, not a regular bag or plain loose leaf. IT’S SO GOOD. Careful on the steep time though.
I’m spending my lunch hour at Starbucks today because I’m just sick of our cafeteria. Anyway, I got this as a latte and they accidentally sweetened it. Starbucks employees today have been a bit off their game. Anyway, it’s a decent black tea that holds up in the latte. I have to admit that I’m spoiled from trying a bunch of different high quality black teas in the last few months, so buying tea at Starbucks has become more of an excuse to take up a table for a while than for the tea itself. So my overall conclusion is that I won’t be buying any of this for myself to steep at home, but I’m perfectly fine buying a cup every now and then to justify hogging tables :)
Every two weeks I meet my friend at Starbuck’s to catch up and chat. Keeping our friendship tuned up. We both order Awake in a vente cup. I let it steep 7 min. add cream and just a hint of sugar. It’s mild with a balance of Ceylon and black teas. It’s much like a English Breakfast and I would say I enjoy it very much.