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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
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From Whittard of Chelsea

This classic blend of quality leaf Indian and China teas is flavoured with bergamot. Originally famous as a luxurious afternoon tea named after an English Prime Minister, it would be drunk lightly brewed usually without milk in all the best houses. Today it is enjoyed as an all-day tea, often brewed a little stronger and drunk with milk.

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1290 tasting notes

I would just like to point out that I’m not actually around at this point. Well, I’ll probably pop in for a bit here and there, but not properly. I likely won’t be again until in a couple of weeks time when we have returned from our honeymoon.

Only two sleeps now! Best man and his girlfriend have arrived safely from the UK and we have fed them dinner this evening. We had also bought them dessert, but as it had to thaw out and we forgot, they didn’t get any. So we’ve shown them where we live and how to get here so they can get here bright and early on Saturday morning. He will be going with the boyfriend into town while I’m at the hairdressers (we think) and she will be helping me into my dress and then going into town with me.

They brought us two pouches of Whittard of Chelsea as a present, this one and a first flush Darjeeling (which annoyingly doesn’t state the estate on it, so I just put it under a generic Darjeeling already in the system). sigh Well, they weren’t to know that both of these are pretty much non-hits with me. Particularly the Darj, which I’ll try, but it will probably be one mostly for the boyfriend.

Anyway, they just went back to their hotel about twenty-ish minutes ago, so I put the kettle on so we could try one of these new ones before going to bed. The EG was requested, so that’s where we’ll start.

As I was spooning out the leaf I noticed a fair bit of aroma. At that distance from my nose, it was suprisingly sweet and it reminded me rather of that Girlie Grey I had from Jeeves and Jericho some time ago. TeaEqualsBliss, you might remember that one, I believe I shared some of it with you.

This of course made me curious, so I put my nose closer to the bag to get a better idea of it, but then it was just all sharpness and sort of dusty turqoise bergamot. From a distance though, it smells a bit like a citrus-y pudding.

This makes me hopeful.

After steeping, it’s more or less the same thing, although the bergamot is softer and retains that dessert-y touch to it, even when my nose is closer to the cup.

This makes me even more hopeful.

I did oversteep it a bit, but only by a few minutes, so no real harm was done, and it doesn’t seem to be showing up in the flavour. It tastes very creamy and smooth. If I didn’t know better I would think it had a smidge of cream-y flavouring added or perhaps a touch of vanilla. It says nothing of the sort on the box, though.

I actually like the EG! I think it’s because it’s not just like being pelted with bergamots. It’s not so sharp and dusty like they can sometimes get. It has that extra dimension of creamyness which makes it slightly pudding-y. Not very, just ever so slightly.

I’m suspectly, actually, that this may have more to do with the base blend (unfortunately not elaborated on) rather than the flavouring process, because it is indeed very very flavoured. For once it’s just not completely offensive. I feel certain we’ll get through this tin with little trouble.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes!!!! I was a fan of that one! I really enjoyed the teas from that company you sent! Thanks again!!!! I’m starting another box for you, btw…when it’s full I will send it your way! Might take me about a month or so – hope that is ok!

Bonnie

You sound like you are floating on a cloud of earl grey cream…and ….could it be ….anticipation!?!

gmathis

Be blessed!

ashmanra

May you have joy!

Kittenna

Ahhh, I’m so excited for you!! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon! :)

JacquelineM

Happy Uniting in Love and Marriage Day…and Life! <3

Dylan Oxford

Enjoy it all!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody.

TeaEqualsBliss, a month or so would be preferable actually, as I’ll be out of the country for most of the next three weeks anyway.

1 more sleep, and the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!

LadyLondonderry

LOL @ “the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!” Have a wonderful wedding day and a delightful honeymoon, Angrboda!!

Lynne-tea

Love this post! That is so exciting =) Congratulations. Haha ‘last breakfast pancakes of freedom!’ Have an amazing time and I am so happy two tea drinkers are getting married!

Cheryl

Hope your wedding day is as wonderful as you imagined, and your marriage even better. Will wait patiently for stories upon your return :)

Keemun

Whittard of Chelsea does the best Earl Grey blend…that is my opinion and I am happy to read your good review.

Angrboda

Thanks again, all.

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477 tasting notes

I found this in the clearance section of my grocery store and just couldn’t leave it there, even though my tea cabinet is delightfully stocked. I’m always curious about an Earl Grey I’ve never tried, and this one was 50% off!

This is my first tea from Whittard of Chelsea, and from the taste of it, it is a good first impression. The black tea base tastes more like Chinese black tea, though it’s a blend of Indian tea as well. It’s robust but not too bitter, and a tad astringent. A good morning tea.

The bergamot is nicely balanced. Not blaringly lemony, and not too strong to be the only flavor noticeable. It’s actually pretty smooth, and despite the strength of the tea, it’s soothing in a way. I should mention that I made this iced, but I’ve also had it hot and the experience was also very pleasant. Though I prefer the Greys I’ve had from Harney & Son’s, this will probably be my go-to if I just can’t wait for shipping!

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fermataleaf

You don’t happen to live close to a Barnes and Noble do you? It’s my understanding that they do carry some Harney and Sons tea. Maybe they have Earl Grey Supreme there?

Tabby

I don’t live near one, unfortunately. :/

fermataleaf

Oh :(
Well it’s nice to know that this is a decent substitute :)

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911 tasting notes

Greetings fellow Steepsterites! Yes, I have been woefully MIA for the past while, due to a couple of main reasons. One, I have a new obsession with knitting (anyone here on Ravelry?) and two, my tea pantry is rather full. These two factors have combined in such a way that it means that I am adding very little new tea to my pantry (currently I am in sip down mode – I’m down to 75 teas!) and spending most of my money on yarn (though I did finally cave and get A&D’s Double Knit, Tiger Assam and Mount Gray. More on those in future.) Just in case my love of tea and half a dozen cats didn’t cement my status as a nerd, I think adding knitting to the mix does.

Anyway, even when focused on drinking through some teas, I still can’t say no to trying new things. Which is how I ended up with this little tea (and a couple others). So yes, keep in mind during this review that this is a tea provided by Whittard, not purchased with my yarn money.

As some of you may remember, I am on the hunt for the perfect Earl Grey. WWJLPD. (What Would Jean Luc Picard Drink…. what was I saying about my nerd status?) So far, I have come close but haven’t hit THE tea. Will this be it? No clue!

It does start off strong. The smell of the dry leaf is really neat. It’s so easy for EGs to go perfumey but this one doesn’t. Instead it smells spicy and earthy and really nice. I sniffed the bag the entire time my tea was brewing. I suppose the earthy could be the tea, but given the strong scent of the bergamot, I kind of think the tea isn’t going to play much of a role here.

Post-steeping the liquor is really dark. Seriously, when I made the husband’s tea, it looked like coffee before I added the creamer. Not a good or bad thing, but an interesting one, I think. Smell-wise, it’s a bit sweeter and lighter than the dry leaf which edges it a bit into perfume territory, but not in a bad way. In a ‘yum, I’d wear that everyday’ way instead of that ‘OMG, what is that old lady wearing? You can smell her half a mile off’ kind of way (the latter of which tends to be the perfumey way most EGs smell).

I feel I must interject for a moment before I continue. While I am on the hunt for the proper EG (WWJLPD), I tend to be massively disappointed with EGs more often than not. I’ll admit, I was expecting this one to go the same way. Especially since my first sampling of this was with no sugar or milk (though a rather short steep time). So it is with rather a lot of surprise that I must report:

Crap people, this is good. The initial note is bergamot. Like, bergamot. As in the fruit. Maybe a bit of bergamot peel, even. It’s obvious and noticeable yet not overwhelming. The tea is definitely the backup singer to the bergamot. It’s a bit indistinct and bit muddy but it’s solid and full-bodied and feels silky. I definitely like how it feels. (I’ve been subjected to a lot of Twinings English Breakfast in the past week which must be drunk with milk to make it tolerable but even then, it has a bit of a starchy, cardboard-ish mouthfeel. This is positively decadent compared to that so I very much appreciate it.) There’s a touch of bitterness at the end of the sip, but it’s not from the tea. It’s kind of a peel/pith tingly note from the bergamot. Tea-wise, the end is very clean with no astringency or bitterness. As the tea cools a bit, I get a slight touch of tacky feeling in my mouth after a sip which tells me that, with some encouragement, this tea could go astringent, but I’m okay with that because I think that quality helps make a tea good with milk and sugar (a necessity in the perfect EG since the husband takes his morning tea doctored).

While I’m not ready to marry an EG based on one tasting, I’ll admit, this one has me rather excited. I could totally see this as answering the question of WWJLPD.

Sigh, it looks like my Steepster absence has not changed my inability to write a short review! I have two more Whittard teas (both EGs!) to review and a few A&D teas so I shall try to be a better tea reviewer in the future. If I can tear myself away from my knitting. (I’m currently making socks.)

looseTman

“I have two more Whittard teas (both EGs!) to review and a few A&D teas …”
Thanks for your review! I look forward to reading your upcoming EG adventures.

Auggy

Thanks! I’ve finally gotten my A&D Mt. Gray tasting note up. I’ve been a neglectful tea drinker lately! :)

looseTman

From your A&D EG review, it sounds like a busy time for you both.

looseTman

When you do have time, there’s a message waiting for you. I hope it’s helpful to your WWJLPD question.

Auggy

Sorry I haven’t responded yet! I’ve just had time to skim it and I wanted to return the favor. Unfortunately, that means sitting down for a bit to look over the ratings that I have (particularly the ones that haven’t made it to Steepster yet). I look forward to swapping EG thoughts!

looseTman

Cool! No problem, whenever you have time. Swapping EG thoughts sounds like a plan.

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403 tasting notes

Someone brought us a caddy of this to work, having been to London and knowing that me and my cubicle colleague love tea, he thought that this would be a nice gift. It is, although I wish he’d asked before buying – there are better and more interesting teas to be had in London than this one. Even Whittard has better blends. BTW, this is the second Earl Grey tea caddy that people have brought us as gifts (the first one being a tiny Ahmad Tea earl grey shaped like a red telephone booth).
First thing’s first- this tea came in a dark blue caddy that is both beautiful and practical.
Once you open the caddy you are assaulted by an overpowering scent of BERGAMOT. If there’s a kind of demon that finds bergamot as offensive as vampires supposedly find garlic, then he would run for his life once the caddy was opened. This is an in your face, “I’m an Earl Grey TEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!” kind of tea. I was a little bit scared of brewing it, but the guys really wanted a taste, so I reluctantly brewed a cup.
This tea has a definite Ceylon base, and if there was a Chinese tea in the mix, it didn’t come through. It’s a strong, hearty tea, with a strong but thankfully not overpowering bergamot flavour. It still ranks last among the Earl Greys that I’ve tried, but at least it’s drinkable. If you like strong flavours, this is for you. I’d rather have Twinnings Earl Grey for about half the price than this tea.

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187 tasting notes

I don’t often have Earl Grey but it’s very tasty and this has almost run out. I have it black, but my housemate put some milk in it

Angrboda

…Inspiring. goes to make a pot

Joshua

I don’t often have Earl Grey, but when I do…

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82 tasting notes

After having been through a variety of other companies’ teas, Whittard of Chelsea’s remains still one of the more well-rounded, delicate ones. Somehow I’d thought due to kickstarting my tea obsession with Twinings that I could only tolerate Earl Grey very, very strong— but even brewed strongly this tea tastes delicate, even flowery, and takes milk pretty well! Lightly with a little lemon is delightful, too, but there’s more to this tea than just its ‘light’ taste. It’s a distinctive bergamot flavour that accompanies the black base rather than becoming overpowering alongside it.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67 tasting notes

Well-balanced,classic and pleasant, a nice choice for any time of the day

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Grinnyguy

Wow you’re right that you like your Earl Grey. Your tealog is a useful database of which Earl Grey’s are good and bad

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57 tasting notes

My favorite of the ‘Earl Greys’…love the citrus note.
The base that is used for this blend does not seem as rough as most of the other Earls that are out there.

No milk, no sugar…the real deal.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’ve had this tea a few times in bag form and today has been the most successful. Reason being that I found this Earl grey to be very ‘middle of the road’ in terms of strength and flavour, it didn’t stand out yet neither was it terrible. To it’s fairness it is a smooth Earl Grey even without milk or sugar, and the black base is not over powering the bergamot, also the bergamot is not too strong, bitter or perfumed. Yet for all those things it’s just not jumping out at me. That was until I decided to use 2 bags in my mug this morning with a sprinkle of sweetener, it reached perfection. It was stronger but due to it’s mild nature was not too strong, it did not become astringent/bitter and the bergamot was at a nice personal level. The sweetener added to the bergamot a little which helped to keep the balance smooth and sweet. Much better! As far as Earl Greys go this is a nice one, albeit if you double up on the bags. Meets on par with my favoured Twinings and Clipper Earl Grey.

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