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I really love the idea of lavender Earl Grey because, well, I like bergamot and I like lavender, so why not? But I have found that lavender is a tricky beast in teas, even for someone who loves florals, so finding the right blend is difficult. Here’s another lavender Earl Grey for me to try, this one from a swap with aisling of tea. Thanks!

The dry leaf on this one smells pretty nice, but I find that’s usually the case with these teas. Steeped, I get strong black tea aroma with some lavender and a hint of bright bergamot. The scent of this tea reminded me of something from my childhood, and I finally placed it: the smell of the soap while I was washing my horse. I know, not the best olfactory association for tea. :P So I didn’t expect to like this tea, but I was surprised. The taste actually isn’t soapy, as long as I can get past the aroma. The black tea base is really smooth, and the lavender is herby and fairly strong. The sips I take vary from slightly bitter to rather pleasant, which is a bit weird to me. I wonder if I need to steep it a slightly shorter time to bring the lavender down just a notch. As far as the Earl Grey portion of this goes, I don’t get a lot that says “hey I’m an Earl Grey”, but you know there’s something there that keeps it from being just a lavender black. I don’t think this one is completely successful as a lavender Earl Grey to me, but it’s also not a bad tea all around.

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KeenTeaThyme

You’re so right about lavender being tricky to add to teas. I like it by itself, or mixed with jasmine. That way you don’t feel like you’re rinsing your mouth with soap – a punishment I had growing up for dropping the F bomb one too many times! ;)

TeaBrat

I am not so much a fan of lavender in teas myself…

aisling of tea

I’m so glad you like it! It’s always satisfying to see teas you don’t care for to go to someone who will actually enjoy them!

Dinosara

@KeenTeaThyme & Amy oh: Yeah, I usually love florals and don’t find them soapy or perfumey when others do, but lavender befuddles me! I think the addition of jasmine does help and I think I may try to add some the next time I brew this

@aisling of tea: definitely true. thanks again for the swap!

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KeenTeaThyme

You’re so right about lavender being tricky to add to teas. I like it by itself, or mixed with jasmine. That way you don’t feel like you’re rinsing your mouth with soap – a punishment I had growing up for dropping the F bomb one too many times! ;)

TeaBrat

I am not so much a fan of lavender in teas myself…

aisling of tea

I’m so glad you like it! It’s always satisfying to see teas you don’t care for to go to someone who will actually enjoy them!

Dinosara

@KeenTeaThyme & Amy oh: Yeah, I usually love florals and don’t find them soapy or perfumey when others do, but lavender befuddles me! I think the addition of jasmine does help and I think I may try to add some the next time I brew this

@aisling of tea: definitely true. thanks again for the swap!

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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.

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