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I love a good Earl Grey, so I was excited to see this one in my Rare Tea Company sampler. The leaf is very finely chopped, almost like a CTC tea and has a strong aroma of bergamot. It steeps up strong and hearty with a sharp bergamot flavor; a bit too aggressive on its own, but lovely with milk. It’s not the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had and I’m not sure its worth the premium price tag, but I’ll certainly finish and enjoy the 2oz I have!
This was one of the teas I was most excited to try in my Rare Tea Co. gift set, as I haven’t had the opportunity to try many African teas. The leaf was much more finely chopped than I was expecting, almost like a CTC tea. It brews up to a rich reddish brown color with a nice malty aroma. The flavor is strong and earthy with notes of malt and stonefruit. Despite the torn up leaf, I didn’t get the anticipated bitterness or astringency; it’s smooth enough to drink without milk, though it’s also robust enough to take milk well. Overall, this is one of the best breakfast blends I’ve tried and definitely something I would repurchase!
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruit
I got a Rare Tea Co. gift set for Christmas that included six different unflavored teas. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch and quite possibly my favorite white tea I’ve ever tried! The buds are very downy and brew up such a sweet, delicate fresh-tasting brew. It tastes like sugar-snap peas fresh off the vine and sips down super smooth with no astringency at all. It also re-steeps beautifully! This is definitely going on my wish list.
Flavors: Peas, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet
The photo for this tea … really is how this tea looks. The leaves are large and whole like that. Not crumbled or broken or in a sachet or teabag. Loose.
Sweet with a flavor that’s reminiscent of a light green tea. It’s a little lighter in flavor and texture and a little sweeter than most green teas, but it’s similar to that kind of taste. This is what I’d recommend to someone who loves green tea but needs to cut back on the caffeine. Drinking this will help you not miss the green tea so much.
Sweet, notes of savory (and be sure to check out the recipe link on the full-length review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/17/english-olive-leaf-tea-from-rare-tea-co/ – it sounds so yummy!)
A very enjoyable tisane.
This is probably the finest black tea I’ve tried. It’s strong and malty, with a long, sweet, fruity aftertaste. It can be brewed at least twice, with the second brew bringing out more of the delicate sweetness and less power. The second brew should probably be done for slightly longer than the first.
Tea #31 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
My first few cups out of the TTB today left me feeling a little meh so I decided to find something unflavored to try. This is a nice bold cup of tea and exactly what I needed to shake off the tea blahs so I could finish off the last few teas I wanted to try before sending the box on tomorrow.
Tea #45 from HHTTB2
This tea reminds me of a lot of other teas, but doesn’t match any of them exactly.
-The floral, fruity highlights of a Darjeeling. But they’re much deeper.
-The sweetness of a Yunnan, only not as pronounced or refined.
-The maltiness of an Assam, only not quite as thick on the tongue.
-And the slight roasiness of Keemun, but comes across more earthy than smoky.
So, despite my brain’s inability to place this tea, it’s very, very good. The flavors are well-rounded and balanced and it’s smooth. There’s a slight drying on my tongue, but no bitterness or anything of that sort.
In a word, I’d describe this tea as masculine. It is very rich, malty and rugged. It is good and strong … with lots of gusto. Just the kind of tea you want to get going in the morning, you know?
I found this to be remarkably well-rounded. I have been very impressed with the teas that I’ve tried from Rare Tea Company, and this tea is no exception, rather, it emphasizes what I mean … this tea is really top-notch.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/16/lost-malawi-black-tea-from-rare-tea-co/