790 Tasting Notes
I got some samples from Design a Tea today! I thought I should try a staple first, though. All Earl Greys are different. On this blend, the bergamot definitely comes through strongly. It’s almost like a blend I have from another company (now out of business) called Grand Earl Grey. The bergamot and citrus notes are very strong. It smells heavenly. When cool, the astringency comes out a bit more, but still a less dry mouth feel than many black teas. This seems to be a good blend of Assam and Ceylon. This is a very nice blend.
Smells definitely of orange when dry. Like orange vitamins. Brews into an orange tinged liqueur. Mildly sweet, couldn’t really taste the florals. Reminded me overall of chalky orange medicine. Not altogether bad, but it won’t go in my normal rotation. I don’t care much for pu-erh though and I did like this better than the pu-erhs I have previously tasted. Not as earthy.
A very classic Darjeeling taste. Good color. Smells like I think tea should smell, but I tend to drink Darjeeling as my every day tea so I am probably biased. Mild earthy notes in the aroma with the mild muscatel as in the company description. Good hot, better mildly cold to room temperature where the flavor notes really come to the fore.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but I taste no panda paw in this, nor is there any fur, so I hope Chi of Tea can keep this available. :)