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drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
403 tasting notes

Hm. The lemon is very very prominent here. It’s still an Earl Grey, as EG has a pretty citrusy flavor anyway, but I can taste the lemongrass in particular and it’s a little weird to me. I think I’ll like it better blended with a little vanilla tea for a creamier flavor. G liked it as is, but he’s a big lemon fan.

It’s interesting, but I’ve had EG variations I liked better. To clarify: I’m disappointed that I tasted more lemongrass than anything else. I was hoping/expecting it to be somewhat floral, but I really didn’t notice the jasmine or cornflower.

2nd steep was drinkable but weak, better for drinking plain (1st steep was too harsh for me to drink plain).

1.1g, 3.5oz, 2nd steep 6 minutes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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