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74
drank Cream Earl Grey by TeaFrog
457 tasting notes

Yesterday, I declared that I would stop sweetening my tea. I drank my Dilmah Earl Grey without it and honestly, kinda suffered through it. But I stuck with it again today and brewed this up, adding only ice.

Yeah. I can’t do this. It’s going to be some kind of low calorie sweetener from now on, because all the sugar I’ve been consuming lately has been hurting my waistline. Anyway, um, about the tea…

Got it in a trade with Spencer. This is pretty tasty. The bergamot could be a bit stronger and cleaner-tasting, but it’s not bad. I particularly like the creamy aspect. But as I drank it, all I could think was “Man, this would be good with some sugar…” Especially since I brewed it on the strong side, and it was pretty bitter. I wish I had some more… I feel like I can’t even properly review it after today…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

For me, the key was finding teas that were really good without sugar and that even suffered a little with it. Wel, the main thing that helped was two people I drink tea with who won’t add sugar to ANYTHING, even coffee, and it embarrassed me to add sugar in front of them, so I ended up becoming accustomed to no sugar. I guess the conversation distracted me a bit from missing it, too! LOL! Golden Monkey is one that tastes so great plain, but for me, was less stellar when sugar was added.

Calochortus

I decided to stop sweetening my tea a few years back and, while it was hard at first, it definitely got easier (to the point that I don’t use sugar at all). I’ve noticed milk helps with bitterness, but I know a lot of people don’t like creamers in their milk, too…

Mercuryhime I usually don’t take sugar with my tea because I usually don’t drink blacks. When I do have a black tea, I usually find myself reaching for cream and sugar. Except Lupicia’s Chaud les marrons! That is fantastic by itself. So maybe try oolongs and greens and see if you can take them unsweetened. I also find that teas brewed at lower temps extract less bitterness and astringency which will decrease the desire for sugar. God luck!
Tabby

This is all really encouraging me to keep trying. It’s hard to stop when you were brought up in the deep south where the tea is 1 part water, 1 part sugar!

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42

Finished up my sample, brewing it all at once for a bottle to put in the fridge. Nothing new to add. This is still kinda lame, and will just be fodder until I brew a bottle of something better…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Alphakitty

I find it funny that this is called Earl Grey with Bergamot. As opposed to… Earl Grey WITHOUT Bergamot?!

Tabby

Seriously! I thought bergamot was what made it an Earl Grey. Maybe they feel like they need to spell it out to the newbs?

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64

So, my man works for Leon’s Full Service, and this is one of the teas they carry. He snuck me into the little server station and opened a case that had all kinds of Mighty Leaf sachets. I picked this and a darjeeling while no one was looking.

Sadly, I have to agree with what a lot of you guys have already said. While this is actually pretty good, it’s just not great. I gave it longer than the brand recommends by 45 seconds, and that did make the black tea pretty strong and bitter. (But I like that.) Anyway, I prefer my Earl Greys to have a stronger bergamot flavor, and this one is on the mild side. You can smell it before you sip, like an exotic perfume, but it doesn’t translate much into the tea. And the black tea base they use is really, really standard. Boring, even.

What I’m trying to say is that Harney & Son’s Earl Grey Supreme has ruined me forever.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Nick

Have you ever tried the Earl Grey White from Teavana? Ha I know Teavana doesn’t have the most amazing selection of teas but their Earl Grey White is seriously amazing. I actually just posted a tasting note about it!

Tabby

I haven’t tried anything from Teavana because of their scary sales tactics and their general overpriced everything. But if I get a chance, maybe in a trade or something, I will certainly keep that in mind!

Nick

Oh I would know, I worked there for a year hahaha. But yeah, if that scares you just order some of it from their site, but honestly if you go in there knowing exactly what you want and how much of it you want they’ll usually back down.

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42

I got this in a trade with Spencer, as I just can’t get enough Earl Grey these days.

I have to say, this is the first EG I’ve ever gave a thumbs down. In his letter, Spencer mentioned that he didn’t care for it. I thought that surely, I’d like it anyway, but no. It’s like a cheap, sharp Ceylon with the stingiest brush of bergamot. I almost don’t taste it. I’ll finish the rest, but this is not a good first impression for this company.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Spencer

I like everything else that I have tried from Peet’s…except this tea.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
457 tasting notes

This is my second mention of this tea.

Nothing new to add, really, I just wanted to say that I’ve been making it before work a lot. (It turns out, it’s good even when it isn’t brewed for eight minutes, haha!) Iced and sweetened in a to-go cup, as usual. It has served me well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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94
drank Earl Grey Lavender by Adagio Teas
457 tasting notes

Sad to see this go! I made myself two cups throughout today, then brewed the rest into iced tea. It’s chilling in my fridge in a green glass bottle. I’ll be getting the 4-ounce pouch next time I order from Adagio.

I should also note that my non-tea-drinking boyfriend actually liked this one… Probably because it smells like pancakes…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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57

Another tidbit that was included in the sampler from KeenTeaThyme. The dry bag smells very strongly of cinnamon. I am instantly reminded of winter and Christmas time with my grandparents, even though I’ve never had this tea.

The taste is very mild on the actual black tea aspect. It just tastes like straight up cinnamon and anise. My mouth literally tingles with the combination. It’s very flavorful and interesting, but not really what I’m into. Especially in the summer. But I can imagine this might be nice on a gray, icy day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65

I know I said I was done with herbal blends, but I got this in a sampler from KeenTeaThyme, and decided to give it a go anyway. My previous experiences with Stash have been good, after all.

It smells very tart and citrusy, plus some other fruity scent that reminds me of hibiscus. The flavor does remind me of mango, but there’s just so much else going on. I mean, it’s pleasant, and there is something sweet in it that’s close to passionfruit. But mostly, this just tastes like an orangey Celestial Seasonings Zinger.

I agree with others that it gets better as it cools. Not sure why, but it’s true.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
457 tasting notes

I think this is my third review of this tea.

I’ve been sipping it constantly since I made a pitcher last night. I made two quarts with eight teaspoons of this yunnan, and one teaspoon of the DeKalb Farmer’s Market’s lemon Ceylon. You can’t really taste the lemon, but that’s alright. I’ll know next time to use more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Mélange Hédiard by Hediard
457 tasting notes

So, the owner of Taste talked me into getting this. She said that her French customers requested she carry it, and that it was a big deal in Paris. Now, this stuff was expensive at $22.50 per box, but I had ScoutMob, so I only paid $12. And after I read the list of ingredients, I was intrigued.

When I opened the packet and sniffed, the Earl Grey lover in me went “Oh yeaahhhh…” It smelled like lemony bergamot heaven. And when I brewed it and had a taste, the first thing I noticed was how absolutely smooth this is. The black tea in it isn’t bitter in the slightest. It’s a very malty black, especially in the aftertaste. Almost creamy. There is no astringency, no sharpness. The bergamot is gentle but firmly there, and not too terribly loud. It harmonizes with the faint orange oil that reminds me of orange bitters if orange bitters weren’t, er, bitter.

I am going to savor this stuff. And give it the full 5 minutes next time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I really like the rose tea from Hediard. I might have to get myself a tin of this.

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. 20-something and living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, EBM/synthpop/industrial geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, golden monkey, chai, and keemun. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, coconut, apple, raspberry, bergamot, cucumber, sage, vanilla, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

I’m currently growing my own tea. I have a 3-year-old potted Camellia sinensis, and I plan on picking a tiny bit of new growth this spring for my first try at drying my own leaves.

Since joining, I’ve traded with: Kaliska, QueenOfTarts, LiberTEAS, JustJames, Spencer, Ninavampi, Jillian, Teafreak, KeenTeaThyme, and RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas.

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