Earl Grey Cheesecake

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 331 ml

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  • “Wow just wow – can I just say that Frank at 52 Teas knows how to do cheesecake blends? HE DOES! I am not a huge fan of Earl Grey … I don’t hate it I just don’t reach for it often but I had to try...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve been camping since friday morning and I just got back today, and it feels good to be home. I enjoy camping for the most part, but for some reason my family just loves the campground with the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Okay, I think 52teas is officially my favorite tea company ever. Not only do they make delicious, addictive teas, but I placed an order on Friday night and it arrived TODAY!!! Alright, on to this...” Read full tasting note
  • “OK… so you know I had to order this one – I mean, Earl Grey? Cheesecake? YUM! The aroma reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey creme. Nice! The flavor has a nice bergamot taste and I like how it pairs...” Read full tasting note

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I spent some time tweaking the base tea for this blend. I had to get it just right. This has an amazing mixture of Indian and Chinese black teas, including some Darjeeling, blended with marigold petals, oil of bergamot and natural cheesecake flavors. The balance of this cup is amazing. The sharp citrus notes of the bergamot contrast beautifully with the sweet creamy cheesecake flavor.

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200 tasting notes

Another sample from momo.

Eh, I’m not a huge fan of Earl grey, but I was hoping for more with this tea. I mean, it’s not bad. Hot it’s not very good. I just tasted bergamot, and didn’t get any cheesecake. Chilled it’s better, and I’m starting to get those desert notes. Actually, it’s really not that bad chilled. I’m probably just being too hard on this tea. I really wanna like Earl Grey, but it’s so hard. This tea is definitely not as and as a straight Earl Grey, though.

I think I’m going to do a cold brew next time and see how I feel after that. Not like I can order more or anything …

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3229 tasting notes

Headache… should have started having tea sooner. Bleh.

So this one’s one I picked up from momo’s sale – I’ve been dying to try it for quite a while! Now I have the better part of a pouch to play with :) Anyhow, I got the most awesome cheesecake aroma while the tea was brewing, but sadly, it didn’t stick around for all that long, and the tea didn’t really taste cheesecakey. However, it was a tasty cup of a light earl grey – not quite like an EGC, but certainly not harsh at all. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to coax a bit of cheesecake flavour out later!

Hilariously enough, I actually can’t tell the re-steep of this one from the re-steep of Blueberry Zabaglione…. let’s chalk it up to brain frying from thesis. Both are tasty, anyways, not that my palate is particularly discriminating right now.

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2400 tasting notes

Additional notes: REBLEND. WELL, it looks like I’ll be one of the first to write a tasting note for the reblend of this one. I had a sample of this one before, it was even old. Somehow, this new batch tastes even older than that tea. The old blend was so nice! Definite cheesecake and nice bergamot on a decent black tea. The new batch… everything is different. The new black tea base!! Ack, I hate it. The flavor is nothing I can see anyone remotely liking. I can tell by the fragrance it just isn’t the same. There really isn’t a cheesecake flavor, though there is a smoothness to it. And the bergamot definitely doesn’t seem the same.. or even like actual bergamot. Very disappointed in this one. I don’t know how it could be THIS different from the blend I’ve tried before. I’d lower the rating on this batch to a 73. Maybe this is another that needs to simmer in the pouch a while… I’ll try it again in a few weeks.


Ahhh, I’m so disappointed to hear this. I just ordered some yesterday based off old tasting notes and my love of Earl’s. Thanks, one for doing the reblend.


That sucks, I’m sorry. I’ve never really had that much luck with his reblends.


I was tempted to buy this even tho I don’t like 52’s blacks. Glad I resisted!


Sorry! Maybe it’s just me though. But I have no idea if the blends were that good before, why they can’t be good again.
Dustin – I haven’t tried the reblend of Lemon Meringue Chai I bought yet… I’m a bit scared it won’t be as good, but I always have the pouch you sent me!

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133 tasting notes

Out with the old – in with the new. Since clearing out my cupboard I thought I should reward myself with opening a new tea.

I really love this one – its so smooth, even for an EG! And that’s without sweetener! Rarely can I drink any kind of EG without sweetener. The bergamot doesn’t overwhelm. The cheesecake is there in all of it’s tangy, creamy glory! And the tea base is a nice sturdy one. Dare I say the perfect trifecta!

Having said that, I look forward to playing around with this. I’m curious if my older tea habits of dirtying up a perfectly good tea will sully this stellar offering. But that will have to wait another day…

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mmm this makes me want to try this!


Sounds yummy..I typically need sweetener in my earl grey as well, it seems to help cut some of the sharp aspects of the bergamot.


This is REALLY good and Im not a huge EG fan either!


I now must resist impulse buying this. Wait, I shall delay the impulse to next week….. maybe.

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Look, a tasting note!

The base on this is very smooth… its softer than the bases from previous black teas that I’ve had from 52teas. So, bravo Frank!

Now, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a huge bergamot fan to begin with, and I’m especially fond of bergs with a creamy or vanilla bit to them. I’m also fond of cheesecake. That means what we have here is a win/win/win… win.

This tea is fairly sweet all on its own, so careful with the sugar, friends! It’s not cloying, mostly due to the sharp citrus element to it, but I think you could hurt this if you were overzealous with the sweetener :)

Anyway, num nums. Glad I picked some of this up :)

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Hahaha omg, not….a tasting note from Dylan! Aaaaaah! Welcome back? :)

Dylan Oxford

Hahaha, thanks Sil :)

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Another very old sample from my box of goodies from LiberTeas – thank you! This is one that made it to the bottom of the basket otherwise I would have drank it all down in the first place. I am not a huge fan of the old 52Teas base and I don’t really enjoy Earl Grey but I DO love cheesecake! I am thinking that the improper storage will have hurt this one though, I don’t get any earl or cheesecake aroma from the dry leaf. Everything in that basket of samples took on a weird aroma which I STILL haven’t identified but really don’t enjoy. Let this be a lesson to all of Steepster: store your samples properly and use them quickly!

Steeped, I get that funky smell (I think it was a mix of Pancake Breakfast and Buttered Popcorn, neither of which I really enjoyed) and a hit of something that puts me in mind of coconut. Bad sign. Da*n you Uniquity-from-the-past for your carelessness!

Unfortunately, the taste is about what I expected. Some astringency, no bergamot or cheesecake. I’ll just toss the rest of this and move on to something else. I bet it would have been wonderful if I had tried it a year ago, heh.

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1220 tasting notes

I decided to cold steep this and I am so glad I did! I’ve always just brewed double strength and poured over ice for EGs and I was curious what this one would be like especially. I’ve not had a Earl Grey creme of sorts ever, but I get the feeling I should try one! Then again, with this one, who needs that?

It comes off as pretty strong on the bergamot but the tangy creaminess keeps it under control, no citrus cleaner taste here. It’s also pretty floral, but the cheesecake just really brings it all together. I’ll have to of course try it hot and the other iced tea way too, but cold steeping works quite well!

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This was the other tea I got in my package today! My mom was helping me pick a tea from all my new ones to try. She saw this one and said “This. One for me too.”

Her comments on it were “Mmmm, good” Nice, and simple!

To me, it’s a very nice Earl Grey. But I think it may be covering up the cheesecake though :( I added some sugar and milk, hoping to make the flavors pop as with the Butterbeer. Ok, I can taste a bit of the creamy, tangy cheesecake flavor. But it’s still really subtle. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be stronger or if I brewed it weird or what. I have noticed that with some 52teas, there seem to be really specific brewing parameters to get a good flavor. At least I have plenty to experiment with!


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137 tasting notes

I’m so glad I was able to grab some of the reblend of this! It is absolutely lovely. Everything an Earl Grey should be – lightly floral, good helping of bergamot, sturdy base – with a wonderful creamy note that isn’t particularly sweet, but really rich and full textured.

I didn’t really get a strong distinguishable cheesecake note, but the overall creaminess gives a sort of suggestion of cheesecake. I kind of like that, surprisingly.

This holds up as a really great earl. I was initially hoping for a more strong, sweet cheesecake kind of thing, I was pleasantly surprised by this blend. I can see it becoming a staple for me, which makes me sad since it’s not a part of the permanent collection. A real shame, this is such a subtle and classy blend.

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1904 tasting notes

Another sipdown. This has served me well as a wake-up breakfast tea (I work 5am these days). No matter how I steeped it I still couldn’t get rid of that weird grape-like note which I’m pretty sure is some contamination of some sort. Ah well, I enjoyed this blend all the same.

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