194 Tasting Notes
I was in Australia when I came across this tea. It was available to taste in the shop we visited. I really hadn’t intended on bringing any tea back with me, but I couldn’t resist, especially with my girlfriend egging me on!
As many of the other reviewers have said, this is quite a long way from a ‘normal’ Earl Grey. I still think it’s a legitimate Earl Grey, because the Bergamot isn’t lost in the flavour, but it’s less of a case of Bergamot vs tea, and more of an overall balance between a whole range of flavours. In fact, when I drink it, I don’t distinguish the flavours, in the same way as I wouldn’t focus on the individual ingredients when eating a Bolognese or a stew.
I’m not at all a fan of flowery tea, but this really works!! I’m also not used to having more than one Earl Grey in my cupboard at once, but since the other has a really tangy Bergamot flavour and this is more rounded.
You feel very refined drinking this tea, and it wouldn’t be out of place in a posh restaurant.
This is an excellent tea bag. It’s strong like a Kenyan should be, and a little bitter so it needs milk certainly. Once it has milk in it, it reminds me a bit of good quality chocolate. It still has that bitterness, but that’s a good thing in a smooth, comforting drink like this. If it was a note, it would be a low note, but not a rumble of thunder, more like a tuba.
I’m not convinced that any of these analogies make sense to anyone else, but they work for me!
I’ve just had long boring day, topped off by replacing a punctured tyre in a rain storm.
This tea was my antidote, and to my relief, it’s just what the doctor ordered. It’s got a nice smooth soothing flavour, but not overpowering and with something interesting and subtle about it (if I was a proper sommelier I’d find some taste or smell to compare it to, but I’m not in the mood).
Highly recommended nice and hot with a spot of milk to make it even smoother.
My tea timer on my phone told me to make this using 70degC water and to steep for 2 mins. I usually use slightly hotter water and am careful with the timings because any more than a minute makes it horribly bitter.
It was a bit of a pain to get water at 70degC and I ended up mixing together hot and cold water to get the right temperature, but I followed the instructions precisely, even heating the mug (I made it with a tea ball) to make sure it was right.
The result was a better cup of sencha than I have had for a long time, a fuller taste without being bitter.
It’s not a tea that I can get used to. That’s not to say that I don’t like it, it’s just not what I expect from a tea!
This has a very sweet smell, sickly and sweet. Luckily it doesn’t taste so sweet, although it is sweet compared to most teas.
In the taste, the ceylon tea balances out the sweetness of the maple, and they are probably in about the right balance. But somehow the two flavours don’t quite mesh together.
I have enjoyed it, but I can’t say that it stands out as being my favourite tea – just as being a bit interesting and a bit different. Worth a try, but do like I did, and get a pack of a dozen bags, not a hundred!