drank Duchess Grey Tea by Trader Joe's
409 tasting notes

Mm, very lemony. As in, I’m sure the bergamot and orange are there, but somehow it all comes together as lemon for me. Also, pleasantly smooth for a bagged tea. I steeped a little over 5 minutes and I didn’t try it plain, but it’s quite tasty with just milk (no sugar needed). At 10¢ a cup, I will probably buy this again. For those who have had TeaFrog’s Earl Grey Special, I’d say this is quite similar, though probably less good for re-steeping (I haven’t tried yet).

High marks for a bagged tea!

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.


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