drank Earl's Gold by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
459 tasting notes

I thought I’d posted a note for this tea already, but I guess not.

Full disclosure, I can’t give this tea an honest review and you can take what I say with a grain of salt, because this is the first blend I created from the ground up and released through Murchie’s. So I’m a little biased and pretty proud of it.

I like earl greys, but personally, am not a fan of Murchie’s earl grey. It uses a lot of bright, light and brisk teas—Darjeeling, Nepal and Ceylons—with a very heavy dose of bergamot. I find it a tad too acidic, so I set out to make an earl grey I’d drink.

This’ what I ended up coming up with. Going the complete opposite direction, this uses Assam, Yunnan and Keemun teas. The result is a very deep, malty brew, with a bit of smoke, a bit of nut, a faint natural sweetness, and overall just very smooth. I opted for tippy Assam and Yunnan teas, hence the name. The amount of bergamot used is medium-light; I was hitting for a ratio that complimented but didn’t dominate it.

It does use artificial and natural bergamot, because the sad reality is natural bergamot oil lasts a whole month on tea before dissipating completely, in every test I tried.

We’ve been extremely busy at work so I’ve been spending a lot of long hours and guzzling Earl’s Gold a lot. I’ve also been bringing a lot of my work home (namely samples that need tasting), so I had this on-hand. I reach for it often enough.

Bergamot in the right context smells a bit like Fruit Loops to me, and this is one of them.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Malt, Nutty, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Congrats on the first tea you created! It sounds like a good Earl. Added to wishlist. :D

EstrafaDC

Wow. This one sounds REALLY intriguing in so many ways. A smokier earl grey. Also, I didn’t know that about natural bergamot oil. TIL!

Roswell Strange

Congrats! Seeing one of your blends go from concept to finish cup is such a rewarding feeling! Also, I feel very validated right now because I also quite often get that “Froot Loops” association from bergamot!

AJ

Thank you. I’m pretty proud of it, which also means I end up chattering on about it whenever people make the mistake of asking.

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tea-sipper

Congrats on the first tea you created! It sounds like a good Earl. Added to wishlist. :D

EstrafaDC

Wow. This one sounds REALLY intriguing in so many ways. A smokier earl grey. Also, I didn’t know that about natural bergamot oil. TIL!

Roswell Strange

Congrats! Seeing one of your blends go from concept to finish cup is such a rewarding feeling! Also, I feel very validated right now because I also quite often get that “Froot Loops” association from bergamot!

AJ

Thank you. I’m pretty proud of it, which also means I end up chattering on about it whenever people make the mistake of asking.

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Disclaimer: I work for Murchie’s Tea and Coffee as a taster and blender. I will avoid putting any ratings on teas from them from here on out.

A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, university graduate, majored in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot or gaiwan. It’s the highlight of a good day.

My notes are pretty disjointed because I’m absent-minded, and I also keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications, and an instagram for photos. Except nerding about tea production and history on both.

I’m a Doctor Who fanatic (Jon Pertwee, if you were wondering).

“But you should never turn down tea, when it’s offered. It’s impolite, and impoliteness is how wars start.” ~Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann

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