Earl of Time

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bergamot, Fruity, Berries, Black Currant, Cream, Vanilla, Citrus, Red Fruits
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Loose Leaf
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Edit tea info Last updated by Lauren | A Quarter to Tea
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “I was hoping for more cream, maybe some sweeter notes. I did get some fruit and a malty, but quite brisk, black base. It resembles an earl grey, but I didn’t taste any citrus and the bergamot is a...” Read full tasting note
    74
  • “Maybe it’s my cold, but I never got any bergamot out of this. I did get a delicious combination of currant berry with vanilla cream though. The father expressed preference of this Earl over his...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “Old sipdown #9. I literally just found another partial sample package of this, though, so it’s not gone yet! I don’t recall it being favourite, though.” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “Another free sample from my Black Friday AQTT order! Back before I opened the door to the wide world of teas, EG used to be my favorite tea. Then when I cracked that door open a bit, Creamy EG...” Read full tasting note
    77

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Earl of Time:

This Earl has better things to do than be grey all the time! He marches a mighty fine line of sweet and smooth balancing the sweet-tartness of currant with the smoothness of vanilla, with a pop of citrus flair from bergamot and rose hips. This Earl of Time is all about what’s hip and current.

Like most EGs, he takes milk and sugar well.

All orders come in resealable packaging and include a reusable muslin cotton tea bag.

Ingredients:

Ceylon Black Tea, Organic Assam Black Tea, Bergamot Oil, Rosehips, Dried Currants, Natural Flavors

Brew and Size Instructions:

Use 2-3 teaspoons for an 8 oz cup
Steep for 5 minutes at 200F water

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16 Tasting Notes

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2756 tasting notes

I was hoping for more cream, maybe some sweeter notes. I did get some fruit and a malty, but quite brisk, black base. It resembles an earl grey, but I didn’t taste any citrus and the bergamot is a bit hazy. It is a nice cup, but not something I plan to restock.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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932 tasting notes

Maybe it’s my cold, but I never got any bergamot out of this. I did get a delicious combination of currant berry with vanilla cream though.

The father expressed preference of this Earl over his stale, old Red Rose bag. Too bad for him; I had a whole pot but it was mine. I’m not nice when I’m sick.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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4541 tasting notes

Old sipdown #9. I literally just found another partial sample package of this, though, so it’s not gone yet! I don’t recall it being favourite, though.

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652 tasting notes

Another free sample from my Black Friday AQTT order! Back before I opened the door to the wide world of teas, EG used to be my favorite tea. Then when I cracked that door open a bit, Creamy EG Vanilla tea was my favourite tea, or The Earl’s Garden. Then when I opened it even more and jumped in, it was H&S’s Paris tea which is like a fancypants EG. Anyway I can’t even see the door now, I’m so far in. And so far from the days when the Earl was my bff.

Anyway, this smells really flavorful dry…and floral? I think I notice the rosehips? What are rosehips?? I like rosy teas. I don’t find this tastes TOO artificial. I’m drinking it right now. It’s still quite hot. I do have to get back to work but as of right now I am enjoying this one. If I ordered again from AQTT I might order a small amount of this.

That is all!

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2778 tasting notes

The sipdown madness continues!
Its supposed to be quite warm in my part of the world this week, so I am trying to get in the spirit with this very fruity earl.
The bergamot and the tartness of the currants make it a very bracing up, and I’ve enjoyed my time with the Earl of Time.
But for now, a sipdown!

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687 tasting notes

Played the ‘Song of Teatime’, and got this tea. It smells like bergamot and a bit of red fruit. The flavour is citrus and notes of currant. Not what I was expecting, but still nicely fruity.

Thanks to Phi for this blend.

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Citrus, Red Fruits

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1785 tasting notes

Thanks for the free sample, A Quarter to Tea! I actually contemplated ordering this one but backed off since I had a dollar limit, so it’s awesome that I wound up with this one anyway!

Love the scent of the dry leaf. So refreshingly bergamotty with a hint of creaminess. This brewed up a nice, bold cup which prompted me to add a little fat-free creamer to mellow out the base a bit.

Against the cream, I’m still getting the bergamot but it’s actually a lot more muted than I had expected, especially considering how rich and full the scent of the dry leaf is. I am also left out in experiencing the black currant in here. Sadly, I don’t get any. But if I had an opportunity to try it again, I most certainly would.

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8483 tasting notes

So, it was Lala’s review of this tea that made me take notice of it, and my interest in this tea in particular was the tipping point for my placing that last sample order…

Originally, when I was looking at Lauren’s blends I skipped over this one preciously because it was an Earl Grey and I hadn’t realized what was “special” about it. I don’t personally drink a lot of Earl Grey so I’m at a point where, unless there’s something unique to an EG, I’m not interested in trying it. But currants!? I had to try that. Especially since Lala hadn’t described it as tasting medicinal, which is my biggest fear when it comes to currant blends. I still cringe when I think of DT’s Currant Affairs rooibos blend. That is one of the worst teas I’ve ever had.

This was so delightful though! I thought it was pleasantly light, fresh, sweet, and fruity but not in a way where the flavours came off as delicate. I tasted enough bergamot to know I was tasting bergamot and enough red currant to know I was tasting currant. The rosehip flavour was very light to me, any stronger and I think I would have disliked it but in this dosage I thought it provided the perfect amount of perky, sweet fruit flavour to the jammy currants. The whisp of vanilla was a lovely sweet note as well that blended the citrusy bergamot and jammy currants really smoothly. In fact, the whole cup was smooth: no bitterness or astringency throughout. Assam was a lovely base choice, as well.

Overall this is kind of the perfect breakfast EG in my opinion. Pair it was a scone with a little butter? I’d probably just melt. The flavours would be so good. This is definitely in my “Top Three” from A Quarter to Tea. Not totally sure if I like it more than Cherry Chocolate Latte Oolong. The two are just so different. But both are my favourites, so far, that’s for sure! If I find another two or three I like as much I’ll probably buy more of this one. Next year though…

When I’m off haitus.

Marzipan

Big fan of this company!

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871 tasting notes

I was super excited to get my Quater to Tea samples in the mail yesterday when I got home from work.

As everyone in my life knows, I am a slave to the Earl, so this is the first one I had to try.

The dry tea is small, broken pieces of black tea but there are some currants in it, even for the small sample that I received. There is enough in the sample package for two servings of tea.

The dry tea smells very strongly of artificial cherry candy flavour. Similar to black cherry nibs. The brewed tea does not smell artificial. It is a sweet black currant smell.

This is one of those teas that has a magic timeframe in which to drink it. It is not that it is finicky. But there is very little taste when it is really hot, there is a great taste for that moment it cools a bit, then once it starts to cool a lot it morphs into a bit of artificial tasting. It is also a little metallic tasting as it cools with a bit of an astringent tang. It loses the bergamot flavour and the currant flavour profile be comes quite strong.

While this tea is in its magic moment, there are sweet black and red currant flavours. The bergamot almost tastes like candy. The bergamot and currant flavours blend well together. This blend is quite sweet on its own. The black tea base is moderately bold. It hides underneath the currant flavours. It is smooth and the liquor feels thick. There is initially no bitterness or astringency.

This one is definitely not a traditional Earl Grey as I would say the currant flavours are the dominant flavour. It is still pretty good though. This would probably be a good tea for those bergamot-haters out there (cough, cough…Sil).

Thanks to A Quarter to Tea for the free samples.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

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Yummy! This flavoring is subtle and fairly natural tasting… this is like earl grey with a touch of red twizzlers. I enjoyed it, even more with a touch of vanilla almond milk! The resteep lost a bit of flavor, which is why I didn’t rate this a little higher. But I really enjoyed this, especially for a flavored tea.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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