260 Tasting Notes
I just got more of this in today. It could not have come at a better time.
This was tucked under some other tea in my Forte sampler pack and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster I found it because I was in desperate need of some herbal tea tonight. Brought the water to a full boil and let this sit for a little over five minutes. Bliss. The mint is refreshing and I got the slightest hint of that citrus flavor. Not enough to bring any bitterness to the table. Like a breath of fresh air. Just what I needed.
I’m out of Ocean of Wisdom. Luckily I have this to tide me over until I get some more. I accidentally steeped it longer than I had planned [like ten minutes…whoops], and I think I actually like it better this way. Thank Zeus herbals are so forgiving.
I’m still trying to find a good temperature and time for this, but I just realized that the smell reminds me of shisha [the stuff used in hookahs]. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. …That’s all I’ve got.
This flavor in this tea is just a shade more subtle than I usually like. I adore the scent; that’s actually the main reason why I drink it. Is that ridiculous? Maybe I need to steep it longer, but I’m wary of over-steeping green tea. Sometimes I make a cup and it’s just like drinking a cup of hot water…you know, that smells delicious. Argh, that IS ridiculous. I’m going to have to experiment one of these days.
I don’t use additives in my tea, but Earl Grey is only tea that makes me want to on occasion. I can drink Samovar’s without anything extra no problem, though. [Seriously, Samovar. Can you do no wrong?] You get a little bit of that acidity, which takes a little getting used to if you don’t drink Earl Grey on the regular [which I don’t]. There’s also a taste of lemon that I get very clearly, which is apparently from the bergamot they incorporate into the tea. I don’t know if this tea is going to make me an Earl Grey convert – I usually prefer my greens, whites, and herbals – but I can safely say that to date this is best Earl Grey I’ve had.