Lavender Earl Grey

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Blend of Assam and Ceylon loose leaf black teas with lavender, orange peel, marigold petals, and cornflowers with bergamot and lavender flavoring.

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I have 2oz of this tea thanks to darby who was willing to split her Ovation Teas order and ship them to me overseas. I got 6oz of Ovation Teas for $20.43 including the shipping. Bargain :)

This lavender blend could be just what I need before bedtime tonight. I have a craving for something black based and lavender makes me sleep like a new born kitten.

The blend has a sweet orange and lavender smell but overall it’s only mild in strength. Much more subtle than expected but that’s something my husband will be happy to hear, he hates lavender.

The steeping instructions estimate a time of 5-6 minutes which in my opinion would be a bit too strong. The blend has a lot of black tea, I feel it would only harshen the flavour. So I shortened the time but will eventually try the full 6 minutes, depending on how this cup tastes.

The first few sips reveal a malty and subtly smoky black tea with an after taste of lavender with a sweet and sour orange tang.

I think I was correct to lower the steep time, I think it would have been far too thick and astringent otherwise. As it cools the black tea dominates quite heavily and it thickens. The base is so strong I’m wondering what this would be like as a night time iced tea? Will have to try that at some point.

The good – The lavender is mild and fresh
The bad – For an Earl Grey the bergamot/orange is too mild

I enjoyed this tea but wished it was a little better. It’s not quite what I imagined when I thought of a lavender early grey. But never mind, it’s still a pleasant night time tea.

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Tea #2 from Traveling Tea Box C

I can be a bit picky about lavender. At times I find it can be overwhelming and it leaves a weird stinging sensation in the back of my throat. Other times it is a subtle addition which turns pedestrian flavors into the extraordinary. This tea falls into the latter category.

The base is quite robust, and I love that it contains some Ceylon. The citrus component of the flavor tastes more like orange than bergamot, which may be a plus for bergamot-shy drinkers. The real star, however, is the lavender. Without it, this would be a perfectly decent Earl Grey, but nothing great. The lavender flavor is subtly strong— while there’s absolutely no denying it’s presence, it works more in the background to smooth out the other flavors.

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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Very likable Earl Grey. I haven’t had Earl Grey in years or a tea with lavender for a very long time either. This tea has a Lipton like brisk blend of the black tea, though better. None of the flavors are overpowering. I had it iced, and it was great. Before you sip it, you can inhale the orange flavor.

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It’s a good earl grey. I haven’t had any in years Mel sent me a sample ( Thanks :))

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I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea. I normally don’t like Earl Greys (partially because they smell like the natural soaps I use). So with the addition of lavender, this tea smelled even more like soap to me. But, this is actually a nice mild Earl Grey. The bergamot is not overdone and the lavender just kind of smooths everything out. This is probably the only Earl Grey that I might actually consider buying (got this one from Mel, thanks again!). Prepared with stevia.

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I received this tea from Fiddling as an extra sample when I purchased some teas from her. I really appreciate her throwing in 2 extra samples to taste. This tea is overwhelmed by the amount of lavender in it. I think if it had less lavender, it would be a nice mellow tea.

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Lavender Earl Greys are yet another of those tea categories I’m not quite comfortable with (I’ll probably need a good rest at a spa or something after this swap box sampling round.) but want to make some kind of final decision on. I decided to go with the steeping suggestion from KittyLovesTea’s review of this, as the full six-minute steep seemed too steep (Hue hueee. I guess we are doing puns this month. ) for me and my black tea issues.

The dry tea is all about the lavender to me. It efficiently drowns out any other scent notes, except possibly some small hint of the tea base. Steeped, the tea base acquires significantly more potency, and it’s roughly a 50/50 lavender/tea base (I don’t love) balance.

This is a really, really difficult one for me. It tastes so much like a fish dish I made once – it was oven-baked cod with rosemary and some kind of creamy topping. It was the strangest blend of really disgusting and really good – I still get freaky little cravings for it on the rare occasion. What made it problematic was the perfumey quality of the rosemary combined with the fish, and this strikes me as similar. The black tea base is pretty savoury, and to me that really collides with the perfume notes of the lavender. I think for a lavender EG to work for me, it needs to be far more delicately blended, and with a more complex taste structure.

Let me emphasize that the rating in no way reflects the quality of the tea, but my own severe hangups in terms of lavender EGs.

Thanks for sharing, KittyLovesTea!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

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Ysaurella

not my favourite EG neither. But I had a very lovely one from Gryphon teas. The Theodor one is quite good quality as always but too heavy on lavender for my taste.I do really prefer when lavender is very discrete.

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