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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
1943 tasting notes

I seriously needed something to cleanse my palate after that last failed experiment, and this one called out to me from my cupboard. I’ve yet to log it, but I’ve had it for a while now. I got this one a while back when I was first beginning my assay of EGs. Now that I’ve had a number of high quality plain EGs, I’m coming back to this one with a slightly different palate. I still enjoy it as I did before, but now I can really appreciate how vanilla-creamy this tea is. I haven’t actually had too many of EG creams yet, but I can see myself trying more definitely. I like that I never have a problem with bitterness when brewing ESP Emporium’s black teas, and that’s true here as well.

The aroma of the brewed tea is strongly vanilla cream, with a sharp note of bergamot right at the end. In the taste the bergamot is more prominent, adding a bit of crisp astringency, but the cream smooths it over. This isn’t an EG blend where you can hardly taste the bergamot anymore; the bergamot black tea is still the main event here, but the sweet-cream flavor is strong as well. Overall well blended between the cream and the bergamot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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.
89-85: 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
84-80: 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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