164 Tasting Notes
I was feeling a bit woozy this afternoon so I decided on my way home from work that I would have either a cup of this tea or an Airborne tablet as soon as I got home. Tea wins. My sweet husband offered to make me a cup and I was glad to let him do it. He isn’t feeling his best either so hopefully we aren’t coming down with something. So today I’m drinking this not for the taste, but for the herbs that will hopefully pull me back from the brink of whatever sickness I’ve caught from work. The taste is still decent, much like a plain chamomile tea, so I’m enjoying it.
I only had about a teaspoon of this left so instead of making a weak cup I decided to steep this with a bag of Twinings Earl Grey. I put the teabag inside my new Finum filter, the filter inside my tea cup, and then filled the cup with about six ounces of boiling water. By the time it had steeped close to the recommended five minutes, the water had dropped to a good 160 degrees so I added the Earl Grey White and set the time for another thirty seconds. It worked out perfectly.
The first fragrance I noticed was the bergamot, almost certainly from the Twinings. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that from the Earl Grey White. After smelling the steeped tea leaves, I also picked up something that hinted at a little bitterness. I don’t get a hint of bitter flavor after tasting the tea though. It tastes like a typical Earl Grey but maybe one that’s trying to be more sophisticated than it really is.
I’m happy to say that I’ve officially finished my Earl Grey White after something like three years in my cupboard. It was good once I learned the best way to steep it, but I can definitely say that I won’t be purchasing more of this one.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter