Last of this packet! Unfortunately started a super long boss fight right after setting it to steep and forgot all about it. Stupid Frost Giant.
Well, at least it woke me up!
“Last of this packet! Unfortunately started a super long boss fight right after setting it to steep and forgot all about it. Stupid Frost Giant. Well, at least it woke me up!” Read full tasting note
“Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on March 25th here are the snippits: The bergamot is extremely light, barely noticeable, but the vanilla is what shines in this cup. I tasted...” Read full tasting note
“I like this for a black tea but it says it's scented and flavored...humm...I can't really taste flavoring or smell a scent. After about 5 minutes of waiting for it to cool at room...” Read full tasting note
“This tastes like a Darjeeling with a little hint of creamy on the end to cancel out any potential tart edge and then a little whoosh of faint citrus in the aftertaste. It's not really a bad tea,...” Read full tasting note
Inspired by the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, this is a traditional blend of Darjeeling with a hint of Ceylon. The blend is then lightly scented with oil of Bergamot and a hint of genuine Bourbon vanilla. The result is a floral Darjeeling surrounded by soft, fruity, citrus notes. A new formula which we find especially pleasing.
black tea, natural & artificial flavor
Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 3-4 min.
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Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on March 25th here are the snippits:
The bergamot is extremely light, barely noticeable, but the vanilla is what shines in this cup.
I tasted absolutely no bitterness nor astringency even after a rather long steep.
It may lack some of the promise the description eludes to especially if you are expecting much from the Bergamot notes, but if you have a sensitive palate you will taste it.
I think it is rather nice, and I personally love it because I prefer my Earl Grey to be light on the bergamot. I like bergamot but I too often find that bergamot is all I can taste in most Earl Grey. I think this blend is unique for those of us who only want a light EG flavor, and let us remember, this is not being sold as an EG.
The flavors pop more as the tea cools. Would be excellent iced.
I like this for a black tea but it says it’s scented and flavored…humm…I can’t really taste flavoring or smell a scent.
After about 5 minutes of waiting for it to cool at room temp…
There is a creamier type element to it but I don’t think it tastes like vanilla or cream, really. It’s more of a texture than a taste if that makes sense. I certainly do NOT taste any EG likeness either.
Don’t get me wrong…I DO like the taste of this tea I just can’t taste the flavoring claims, tho!
I can’t really give it a super high rating because it is lacking, I suppose, but it’s not a bad tasting cup either.
This tastes like a Darjeeling with a little hint of creamy on the end to cancel out any potential tart edge and then a little whoosh of faint citrus in the aftertaste. It’s not really a bad tea, but it’s not a special one either. The flavoring is too light for it to be considered an actual flavored tea, the bergamot is much too light for it to be anything remotely Earl Grey-ish, and the Darjeeling isn’t special enough for it to be a notable Darjeeling. So basically it’s one big ball of meh. In fact, the more I drink it, the less special it becomes.
I drank this one right after my darjeeling comparison today. I find I can taste the darjeeling in it. That bright, coppery flavor I think must be a characteristic of darjeelings. I think the ceylon adds a depth to the sweetness of it and a hint of some thing like wood smells. I really like bergamot and vanilla together, but this is amazing. It has no perfume smell or taste to it at all and yet I still know for sure there is bergamot in it. Dylan thought this might be really good iced. I agree, I’ll save the last little bit for icing.
I had the last of this sample pouch this afternoon. I measured out the appropriate amount but then saw that so little was left…so I just dumped it all into my brew basket. Did I mention that I rarely drink black tea after 11am? I just get so wired and it lasts till evening. I hate to lose sleep. Well, this cup of tea was strong! Strong but not tasting like bergamot. Well, just barely. A little citrus and a little creamy. Pretty meh, especially for the price. :(
Anyway, made a big pot of fresh tomato sauce from my garden tomatoes and tons of fresh picked basil. The tomatoes are the size of my face! Thanks to papa for the tomato seeds. :) And thanks to my friend, Jane, for the basil seeds. I’m hoping this huge pasta dinner will lull me to sleep later tonight.
Tomorrow is a new day for tea and harvesting. It’s a bountiful time of year.
I was excited to try this, especially when I did (mid-December) because this season on Grimm, some of the characters have been spending some time at the Sacher Hotel for which this tea is named. I’m a Grimm fan … so it was just … kind of cool to be sipping on this tea. I’m a Grimm Nerd.
I was even more excited when I opened the pouch and realized it was an Earl Grey blend! Yay! Bergamot! One of my favorite tea flavors!
The bergamot is a softer bergamot here … subtle … delicate. Not at all pefume-ish. I like the blend of black teas used (Ceylon and Darjeeling) – it keeps the tea tasting very light and a bit like something I’d imagine drinking in Vienna. Although … I wouldn’t want to encounter a Hexenbiest while I sip my tea in Vienna.
This tea gets extra points just because of the Grimm connection.
This was interesting, I couldn’t resist adding this sample to the cart with my husband’s British blends, as we had learned about the Sacher Torte feud in German class. I had one the Earl Grey Ceylon Select sometime with in the last week and this was definitely more mild. The Darjeeling wasn’t over muscatel, the Celyon not too winey, but it was nice, I felt kinda European drinking it. I tried a second steep and it was very light, but still drinkable.
Hmm. I ordered this because Vienna was in the description and I was on a nostalgic kick remembering my trip there a few months ago. When I got this I thought, hmm, sounds familiar, and I was right! There’s a tasting note here from 2-ish years ago.
I also remembered not being too thrilled with the blend but I believe sometime after that I was told about how Darjeelings are gentle souls that cannot handle boiling water. With that in mind I made a big cup with a little more leaf and a cooler brewing temperature.
I would say this is a much better cup this time around. More flavorful, definitely tastes like tea and bergamot. It’s got a nice creaminess in it too, though I don’t believe there is vanilla in the ingredients. A tea pretending to have vanilla in it will never lose points with me though :).
I’ll definitely have to prep the remaining part of my sample this way. It is a lighter blend for sure, and I would say I need heavier teas to get me going in the morning, but I’m glad I’m able to raise the rating on this one and find a sweet spot for how to best enjoy it.