Devonshire Earl Grey TE19

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From Upton Tea Imports

A recent addition to our Earl Grey Blends. The base for this tea is an elegant long-leaf Ceylon BOP1. The fresh, full bergamot flavor is married with lemon notes to produce a rich and full bodied tea.

Ingredients: black tea, artificial flavor

Origin: Germany

$5.80 / 125 g

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10 Tasting Notes

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911 tasting notes

Oooh, great aroma. The dry leaves smell very sweet – like candied citrus. Once brewed, the smell citrus comes through stronger but it’s still very sweet smelling.

And wow at the taste. Very citrusy. But not harsh. Again, I’m going to go with candied citrus, possibly because it is and possibly because I’ve been up for only 15 minutes and my brain is merely limping along so I can’t think of anything else. I can’t really say, “Oh, this is the bergamot, this is the lemon”, it’s just all citrusy-fresh and sweet in a way that makes me think of my favorite heirloom navel oranges – they are very sweet with just a slight tang of citrusy sharpness, and so is this tea. The citrus isn’t refreshingly tangy or anything. It’s just sweet. (That’s okay, I like sweet.)

There is a hint of astringency on the end of some sips. Also, the flavoring starts to feel a little strong/perfume-y as it floats up the back of my throat into my sinuses, but it’s a wet, sweet perfume-y instead of a dry, floral perfume-y so I’m okay with it. I do feel the flavoring almost needs a little taming, but I think sugar would make it too sweet and milk might kill the flavors too much.

The aftertaste is a little tart as it builds in my mouth and there isn’t a whole lot of the tea base flavor coming through. But it’s not a rough nor harsh tea so I suppose I will forgive it these little quirks.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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6770 tasting notes

The ratings are somewhat low on this one but I didn’t find anything wrong with it.

It’s not overly powerful. It’s not overly EG. The lemon is nice, tho. Maybe it’s because it’s not too intense or because it’s an EG with additional flavor(s) in it…not sure.

But it’s really not bad!

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62
382 tasting notes

Getting into the home stretch of this sample packet. I still find it too perfumy. Definitely prefer the Earl Grey Special.

Rabs

♫ Earl Grey Special: it’s for everyone!
Earl Grey Special: come and join in the fun!
With magic everywhere
A world for us to share
With friendly faces hoping that you want to meet us there
For Earl Grey Special
It’s about to appear —
It’s about to appear! deedle-ee deedel-ee deedle-ee deeee!
Earl Grey Special!
Shout it loud and clear:
Earl Grey Special!

Here’s the reference for those who are utterly confused (warning: this might confuse you further. But hey, it was a Canadian kids show that used to play on PBS here in the states so it’s an extra tip-o-the-magic-hat to Teafrog):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxLfIs051c

mpierce87

Rabs – that is awesome!

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80
4619 tasting notes

Backlog:

thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. You know how I adore Earl Grey!

This a very citrus-y Earl Grey, beautifully aromatic, it seems to have a stronger note of lemon than of bergamot.

Overall, this is not my favorite Earl Grey, I feel that the Ceylon base was somewhat overpowered by the strong citrus tones, and while it was a good citrus-y tea … I found myself wanting more distinct bergamot (and not just generic citrus) notes.

Good, but not great.

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80
100 tasting notes

Really good for no doctoring, definitely no additives needed. I enjoy it – it might be close to perfect. Doesn’t zing with bergamot as much as I would expect, but very good. I will give this tea an 80 rating with room for growth.

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75
197 tasting notes

I just got some more in a tea swap. Oooh it is sooooooooooo good.

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