I am sitting here wrapped in a throw, listening to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s Winter Song [awesome track if you haven’t heard it, you should give it a listen – http://is.gd/4Z7n2 ], and haven’t felt this rested and comfortable in a while. This is going to be the perfect precursor to the amount of work I need to get done tonight.
I put the temperature a bit lower than I typically brew an earl grey because this contains white tea and I was greeted with a pleasant cup.
The bergamot skims lightly across the flavoring of this tea. Not at all high-handed, but strong enough to be sating. The effect is a nice, citrus taste with a freshness to it; somewhat like the way the air gets a cleaner feeling here when the temperatures get chilly. In the scent, I also get hints of a woody, earthy scent, which I found surprising. It’s not all that present in the taste, but I thought I might have caught wind of it in the baser notes at times. Very subtle.
I’m reminded of the sensation I get after the first snow of the year, before everything gets all mucked up by the passing cars and inhabitants of the world. When you wake up and the light coming through the shades has that diffused brightness that says there’s something beautiful waiting on the other side. You hastily pull up the covering to be greeted by something wonderful. Snow always makes me feel like I’m a kid again, though I have grown to hate driving in it as an adult. Everything seems just a little bit more magical when it snows, and being able to rekindle that feeling in a cup of tea is pretty magical in and of itself.
The flavor was definitely better for me in the warm to hot range. It lost a bit as it cooled. For a first try, I am enjoying this enough to seriously consider buying a tin. Bergamot is something that I do like, but not enough to drink every day. That being said, this has been a very good cup.