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Black Tea
Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Lemon, Natural Flavours, Rose Petals
Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Floral, Lemon, Thick
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Metropolitan Tea Company

  • Ingredients: Black tea, Lemon pieces, Cornflower + Rose petals, Lime leaves, Natural flavors.

The original Earl Grey tea was made for one Charles (The Second Earl) Grey, a British diplomat to China who also served as Prime Minister of Britain from 1830 – 1834. Charles Grey was given the recipe for the tea by a loyal Mandarin Chinese friend who he had helped him out during a time of need. Less famous perhaps, but no less delicious, is the tea that goes by the name Baroness Grey. And what exactly is a Baroness? Well, the short answer is the wife of a Baron. The longer answer is the wife of a member of the landowning nobility in old England. As with all noble titles, the term Baron was conferred on people by the reigning King or Queen. Over the centuries many women have held the title of Baroness Grey but we’ve blended this tea in honor of one woman in particular.

British legend has it that this Baroness of Grey, who lived sometime in the 16th or 17th century, was married to a man who was a Ship’s Captain in the Royal Navy. As the story goes, his ship never returned from a trading voyage to China. Refusing to believe that her husband would never return the Baroness would walk to the port lands every morning to greet each ship hoping for news of her husband. Sadly, she continued this practice until the day she died. In honor of the loyal Baroness Grey, we blended this tea with the traditional bergamot and the addition of lemon to represent the bitter tears shed over her beloved. The dried lemon peels add an additional tartness to the citrus character of the tea making it a fantastic alternative to traditional Earl Grey.

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My first tasting note on Steepster – yay!

I haven’t been a loose-leaf tea drinker for very long, but one of my favouritest teas for a long time has been Twining’s Lady Grey. When I found this Baroness Grey loose leaf tea, I thought I’d give it a try. It was very reasonably priced and I didn’t have much to lose.

When I got my tea in the mail, this was the first bag I pulled out. I was disappointed at the initial smell, which was rather bitter and astringent. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I brewed it! Drinking it without milk and sugar, I found the bergamot to be a little bit overwhelming, but with milk and sugar it mellowed out a lot and became very smooth. I found this tea to be fairly similar to the Twinings variety, but without the “Froot Loops”-esque aftertaste I sometimes get with that one. As the tea cooled, I found the lemon became much more pronounced (and even overbearing) for the last few dregs.

I brewed 1.5 tsp for 5 minutes and it came out a tad weak – I will brew it longer next time.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #20

Try all the Earls! This one seems less bergamot and more citrus. But then there seems to be a perfume-like quality… definitely something like “baroness” there. It’s not the best earl I’ve tried… I seem to like more bergamot than citrus, but it tastes better to me as it cools. A very dark cup that lends itself to the brightness of the citrus.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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A nice morning cup. This smells like a very lemony Earl Grey with some floral notes, and tastes just the same. The lemon lingers nicely on the finish.

The liquor is pretty dark and surprisingly thick – I was expecting something with a bit lighter body, though this makes it a pretty great morning tea. I think I may have over steeped slightly at 4 minutes – there’s just the slightest hint of bitterness and astringency creeping in – not bad, but I think I would like this a bit better at 3 or 3.5 min.

As always, I’m a sucker for anything with bergamot and this doesn’t disappoint.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Floral, Lemon, Thick

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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