A sample from SkySamurai! Thanks so much! The book I was reading kept mentioning Earl Grey today, so thought I’d try this. It’s quite a mixture of things on a decaf black base: bergamot, lavender, strawberry, orange, lemon balm… It’s quite a muddle, much like the Mad Hatter would prefer it! For some reason the lavender seems green and raw to me, though I doubt that is even possible. I don’t think this tastes anything like Adagio’s lavender earl blend. The bergamot seems slightly different. I can notice a bit of bergamot, orange, strawberry and lavender… but not sure if I like all of these flavors together. It’s a bit floral overall, maybe a bit soapy some of you are sometimes talking about. I definitely can’t tell this is a decaf black. It has enough flavor and isn’t drying but I’m starting to suspect that decaf black tea might be the most dehydrating of any teas. The second steep is also tasty. Might be a worthy iced tea.
Steep #1 // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 24 (This + Teavivre’s Lychee black)