Pulled this tea for the January sipdown prompt items “an Earl Grey” and “a tea that reminds you of an alcoholic beverage.”
This is an extra lemon-citrusy Earl Grey with ginger and rum flavoring. I rarely taste alcohol flavor essences in tea (I’m not a drinker of such beverages due to health reasons, which probably makes that even more difficult for me) but I am getting that sort of “dry” alcohol note here… I think the citrus really highlights that certain taste for me, as I sometimes get those vibes from grapefruit teas, and the lemon/bergamot combo does have somewhat of a grapefruit flavor note. I love the tartness of the lemon and bergamot here, it’s a very bright, puckery citrus which I personally love. While I’d expect more of a “lemon ginger” flavor profile, I’m actually finding the ginger a very mild flavor here. The black tea is the malty sort of base one would expect under begamot. It does come off a little drying, but I think that’s more from the citrus/rum than the tea and sort of plays into that “alcohol vibe” for me.
I’m enjoying this one! The citrus may be a little too sour/tart for others, I suspect, but since I’m the Hibiscus Queen and love those profiles, I really dig it.
Flavors: Alcohol, Bergamot, Citrus, Drying, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Tart