Golden Earl

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Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrus, Orange, Citrusy, Lemon, Pastries, Cocoa, Cream, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Grain
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 21 oz / 618 ml

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We couldn’t resist doing our take on the Earl Grey. Ours starts with a naturally sweet and citrusy Yunnan Golden Buds Black. We infuse it with bergamot, and meld the citrus notes with a touch of orange rind and lemongrass. This Earl Grey is a full experience, using the bergamot to balance the tea, instead of overwhelm it.

Ingredients: Yunnan Golden Buds, Orange Rind, Lemongrass, Bergamot Oil

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2087 tasting notes

This morning is why I hate Daylight Savings Time so much. It’s always so hard for me to fall asleep Sunday night, and then the alarm feels like its going off an hour early this morning. At least when I deal with jetlag after traveling, I’m so exhausted from traveling that I fall asleep anyway.

I decided on this tea today because I haven’t had it in a while. It doesn’t really call out to me when I want a plain Earl Grey, but it is incredibly delicious. I think it seems more citrusy to me because the tea is such a bright orange color when steeped. I think I forgot how good this one was! What a great pairing of base and flavor. Golden yunnans do seem to be some of my favorite blacks, and every time I drink a tea like this I appreciate more and more flavored teas with very high quality bases.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

DLS… ugh, I want my hour refund!!


lol @ Indigobloom… very funny

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4825 tasting notes

I’ve had this for quite some time now … I bought it way back when! It is a case of having a lot of tea to taste and not enough time to taste it all when I’d like to!

I think that I may have gone a little light on the leaf, because the flavor is a bit lighter than I’d like it to be … it is still quite enjoyable, just not as strong as I want it. I will hold off on rating it and writing my full-length review of it until I’ve had more time to spend with this tea.


This sounds like something that would appeal to me. Onto the list it goes!

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145 tasting notes

I love this. The brewed tea has a heavy sort of honey smell, it’s very pleasant. Earls are my favourite kind of tea and this one is perfectly satisfying for a Sunday night in. It has a softer edge than a typical earl grey and a slight creaminess in the texture and finish. The bready taste from the Yunnan Golden Buds adds depth. No unpleasant bitterness but maybe a little sugar or honey would be nice to bring out the natural sweetness.

Yesterday I was out observing the TIFF elite and walked right by Bono in front of the Royal York hotel! He was literally about a foot away from me. He tried to get into a taxi but the door wouldn’t open.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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658 tasting notes

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I was always very into Earl Greys. Actually, until my tea obsession blew up big-time about a year and a half ago, it was my go-to. These days, though, I rarely drink any form of Earl as so many seem to be made with sub-par bases and sub-par bergamot flavouring. I love bergamot but prefer it to be pretty subtle (read: not strong enough to cover up a boring base). Yunnan golden buds have become my go-to black in the interim, actually. It’s become apparent that it’s my ideal morning tea, with their velvety smoothness and re-steepability.

So, this is brilliant. What a combination! I had to order it up during the Black Friday sale (can I also compliment Verdant’s not only free but actually fast shipping to Canada?). I was saving it to give it proper attention, and that’s what it got today. It’s lovely! I am drinking a cup of Verdant’s excellent Yunnan golden buds, which I already drink and love. But on the second half of the sip, a lovely citrusy flavour blossoms. The bergamot is just right, and I can just feel the lemongrass on my tongue. It’s there, supporting the tea, but not bossing it around. So far I think the Alchemy teas do exactly what they set out to do; the added flavours complement the teas beautifully without overwhelming them in the slightest.

I’m on my second steep of this (first at four minutes, second at five in the Breville) and the Yunnan has been tamed slightly while not dissipating at all. It’s still rich and creamy, but the sweetness has come out more.

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138 tasting notes

Well I was on the fence about buying this. I have not had earl grey in a long time without the word crème following it. So I did not know if I should get the Golden Earl or the Lavender Earl Green. So here it is the Golden won. The bag smelled amazing. Orange and honey with light Bergamot scent in the back.
I am writing this note after drinking it twice. The first time was not the best experience. After brewing it and tasting it something was a little off. Sadly I can not explain what it was. The dry and wet leaf smelled great, just when I drank it it did not come together.
I decided to try it again this morning. Much better for sure. The orange and golden buds was right there in front. For the first cup I did not add anything, which I usually don’t. The second steep I wanted to add a little honey.The bergamot was there in the back. Not overpowering the tea.
I used more tea the second time I drank it…I guess that was the problem the first time.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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520 tasting notes

I think I have done the impossible and actually drunk too much tea.


Dry, this tea smells amazing. I want to just keep a bowl of it everywhere in the house, like delicious Earl Grey potpurri. I want to stuff my pillow with it at night. Guh. It’s a beautiful golden fuzzy tea.

Brewed . . . I don’t know. Rita made the pot and she claims that she messed up the brewing, so I’m going to make another cup in the morning and see how I feel when my eyeballs are not floating in a sea of pu’erh. Going to leave it unrated for the moment.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

And what is too much tea defined as? Just curious! : )

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299 tasting notes

Ooooh. This (the smell and the taste) are reminding of something (possibly TWO somethings) and I can’t quite figure out what…! But the tea is really, really good. Not very Earl Grey but man, so interesting! …adding to shopping list…

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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1625 tasting notes

I took a sample of this one from the Lewis & Clark teabox! Still gradually trying them. The leaves here are supposed to look golden but they look dark to me. Not like the picture at all. There is plenty of lemongrass and citrus bits… much more than there is black tea leaves. The flavor is VERY lemony – it doesn’t really seem like bergamot so much as lemon myrtle (not sure if there actually is lemon myrtle in the blend – there are never ingredient lists, Verdant!) and really just all around citrus. It seems like the most citrusy tea I’ve tasted! The color of the cup is a deeper brown, so I’m not exactly sure what sort of black tea is actually used here. It’s tasty but I’d say this is more of a citrus tea than a bergamot or Earl. I’d love to see a golden black tea with just bergamot, rather than with all of these citrus additions. I’m surprised Verdant included this one in the teabox because it didn’t seem like it was available for very long anyway.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4min

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483 tasting notes

When I went to make this, my first thought was that it smells like a Yunnan tea. There is certainly a baked bread scent, along with the citrus. The flavour is like if I was fresh baked wheat bread with orange zest. Very good, wish I had more.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrus, Orange


So you’re saying this pretty much tastes like….lembas bread??

Lariel of Lórien

Hmm…perhaps. More testing is needed.

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580 tasting notes

I should really not drink things I’m exceptionally fond of when I’m having a bad day and have the attention span of a distractable magpie or something. I can’t even metaphor right now.

This tasted more citrusy than I remember from last week but still good. I still have a mugful left in the pot but it’s cold now and I’ll re-heat after my therapy appointment (unfortunately not about current problem). I’m feeling only jittery right now but the day is young yet and yesterday I was messed up until midnight or so. We’ll see. I don’t remember exactly when my ‘wtf is going on’ light tripped yesterday.

I do have some physical work I can do today though, if I need to when I get back. Inventory in the rolling bookshelves and packing up boxes that don’t need to be scanned. We’ll see.

Flavors: Citrusy

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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