drank Earl Grey by Tazo
379 tasting notes

I am only drinking teas that I am very low on at the moment, in an effort to declutter my physical cupboard (or rather, “shelf”).

I can’t remember the last time I tasted this in front of Steepster (although I remember having a few bags of this on campus with me), and the teabags themselves are obscenely old.

The smell of the dry teabag reminded me very strongly of the earl grey shortbread cookies I purchased one time. A sort of gritty bergamot and cookie smell. Those things were delicious. The steep loses that smell a bit, the bergamot becoming much brighter and citrusy, although pleasant and light.

Aaaaaug it tastes gross. I think these teabags are TOO old. Or at the very least, I seriously oversteeped it. The tea is very bitter, and the bitterness of the bergomat is reaching out too. I also keep thinking I either taste or smell lavender somewhere in there. I think I’m just going to dump this. It was the very last teabag anyways, which is sad because I remember having a good reaction to it when I made it to bring to class with me.

It doesn’t look like I ever gave it a rating previously, and I don’t think I will now. Not until I get a proper cup of this to try.

Preparation
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Rabs

Oh no! Think of the “like” as a “hug.”

__Morgana__

Really, it’s ok to rate it now. This is not a wonderful Earl Grey. I drank quite a bit of it early in my tea adventures and the bergamot is so incredibly strong and volatile it gave me a stomach ache no matter what I did to prepare it. There’s not a lot you can do to improve it, I’m afraid.

AJ

Aw, but it’s not fair if I’m pretty sure the teabag is somewhere OVER five years old.

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Rabs

Oh no! Think of the “like” as a “hug.”

__Morgana__

Really, it’s ok to rate it now. This is not a wonderful Earl Grey. I drank quite a bit of it early in my tea adventures and the bergamot is so incredibly strong and volatile it gave me a stomach ache no matter what I did to prepare it. There’s not a lot you can do to improve it, I’m afraid.

AJ

Aw, but it’s not fair if I’m pretty sure the teabag is somewhere OVER five years old.

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I change icons often, apologies. On that note, they are usually Doctor Who related (so no, that is not me pictured in the icon, it is most likely one of the Doctors).

A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of university, majoring 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. It’s the highlight of a good day if I have time for a pot.

My notes and reviews will often sound dis-jointed, repetitive and confused, as usually I don’t work on them as a whole, but rather add notes as I sip without rereading what I’ve already typed.

On most occasions I won’t take my tea with anything (I reserve milk for chai). Occasionally agave nectar if I want to test to see if it’ll smooth it out. Chais I will make with either the nectar or honey. Although on occasion I will sweeten unflavoured blacks the Russian way—with jam or jelly. Occasionally I will take it instead with a slice of a citrus fruit. Normally orange, occasionally lemon if I have any on hand.

I prefer Earl Greys.

Lastly, I keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

Also, I am a Doctor Who fanatic. As one may have noticed by my icons. For the record, my favourite Doctor is number three, Jon Pertwee.

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