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I tried this tea yesterday by brewing it in a tisaniere. It was good, but not great. Today, I fired up the Breville and really liked it. The instructions on the package directed me to use two tablespoons of the tea and to brew it at 180. I think the increased amount of tea helped quite a bit from yesterday’s approach, as did the slightly higher temperature than the hot valve on the water container in the office.
I like the viscous feel as I drink the tea. It is a pale yellow color; the flavor and fragrance is delicate and light. I’m getting some of the astringency that I associate with black teas, but not nearly so much. I’m guessing this is even less than some of the oolongs I’ve had.
Today, I like this tea enough that I’d add it to my regular cabinet.
Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010
1st Steep of the Day.
This was my wifes choice at the Tea shop
She enjoys light/Green teas more then my Blacks.
But the smell was what sold her on this one.
The Dry Green is so Strong with Almond.
You can’t wait to steep it.
A 3 min Steep in 205 (not boiling water)
Starts your flavorful journey.
Liquor is Clear Green.
with the same rich Almond smell as Dry leaves.
And the Strong Flavor infuses into the Cup.
My better half still knows best.
Keep on Steepin
I was exceptionally careful to make sure I did not steep it any longer than 4 minutes. I used exactly a teaspoon per cup in order to make sure the lavender was not too overpowering. A medium amount of sugar to taste as well. All in all, I really liked it! The bergamot is not exceptionally strong, and instead is a more smoother, subtler flavor. The lavender is prominent as well, but not too astringent or “soapy”. I would describe the two flavors blending very well with each other.
Tea Embassy, one of the shops I visited in Austin, had four or five different Earl Grey blends, including a berry version that had almost no smell of bergamot. I’d had a version of most of them – I would never betray my beloved SpecialTeas Earl Grey de la Creme – but had never tried a lavender Earl Grey. (By the way, did anyone else notice that Adagio now has an Earl Grey and cream blend called Earl Grey Moonlight? I placed an order for more filters today and saw that.. I’m scared to try it based on my terrible experience with their Earl Grey Bravo.)
The lavender is definitely most apparent in the smell, not the taste of this, which is fine. This has a nice strong bergamot taste without being soapy.
This is kind of an odd duck. Greenbelt is a mix of green yerba mate, green tea (unspecified kind), coconuts, cherry, and some flowers including cornflower blossoms and roses. I swear that at the store or on one of their websites, marzipan was listed as an ingredient, but I guess I’m wrong. There is definitely a strong smell of marzipan in the dry leaves, though.
This brews up to an almost radioactive yellow, I guess from the green yerba mate. I can definitely taste an almondy/coconut flavor similar to marzipan, but not as syrupy or sweet. Then the cherry, and a slight floral finish. I can barely taste any green tea; this tastes more like an herbal than anything else.
It’s soothing and relaxing. It’s definitely a tea to think on.
Didn’t feel like doing a note of this last night..
This is kind of odd. By the end of the pot, I was enjoying it, but I don’t get apple butter at all. It has a unique taste that combines apple with some heartier fruit flavors like raisin. Good herbal for nighttime (I need those desperately), but weird.
This must be a much older tea than I remembered. I’m down to maybe only 2-3 cups left in the bag. The big clue, however, is that I cannot find it listed on Tea Embassy’s site. It’s a nice herbal to warm me up this evening as I continue to procrastinate taking all the Christmas decorations down.