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drank Earl Grey Reserve by Tavalon Tea
2007 tasting notes

Another purchase from the CTF. The dried leaves have a super pungent bergamot aroma, which made me a little nervous because I was afraid it might brew up bitter tasting to me.

I went ahead and only brewed it 3 minutes, not the 5 as instructed, and I think it was a good move. The liquor is a deep-dark reddish brown and the aroma is of bergamot and… something else I can’t place. Perhaps its the base teas coming through. It’s not unpleasant, and I feel like if I knew more about straight black teas I might be able to pin it down. Surprisingly the bergamot isn’t overwhelming in the aroma, but is the main flavor in the taste. I got no bitterness in this cup, just a nice strong flavor. I enjoy this Earl Grey, and look forward to drinking through the cannister I got at the show!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tavalontea

Dinosara, Chris from Tavalon here! The base tea used is a ceylon – the aroma that may be alluding you is the faintly citrus flavor our Earl has, since we use real bergamot (it is an orange, after all!).

Dinosara

I think it is the Ceylon I’m tasting. I can pick out the citrus of the bergamot, but the Ceylon I’m not quite familiar with (yet!). Thanks for the comment!

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tavalontea

Dinosara, Chris from Tavalon here! The base tea used is a ceylon – the aroma that may be alluding you is the faintly citrus flavor our Earl has, since we use real bergamot (it is an orange, after all!).

Dinosara

I think it is the Ceylon I’m tasting. I can pick out the citrus of the bergamot, but the Ceylon I’m not quite familiar with (yet!). Thanks for the comment!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
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Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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