Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Citrus Peel, Flower Petals
Flavors
Bergamot, Bitter, Citrus, Citrusy, Drying, Geranium, Lemon Zest, Tea, Flowers, Fruity, Perfume, Sweet, Floral
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “So rhinkle’s had this one before, but this is my first time trying it. She’d westerened it before but found too much bitterness came out for her tastes, so insisted on us gongfuing it this time. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “GCTTB (round 6) entry Loved this take on a classic! I think I steeped it too weak, but I’ll try it again stronger soon. I definitely found the citrus came through nicely. The spices (bergamot) are...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Midday cuppa, drank alongside a tasty treat that I’ll write about at a later date when I have the photos for it uploaded… Hint, it involved tea infused chocolate. Anyway; this cuppa was pretty good...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So, I’m used to Earl Grey from tea bags, yeah? Well before my loose-leaf revelation, back when I was more of a feckless youth, I was near completely apathetic to tea in general, and mainly...” Read full tasting note

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So rhinkle’s had this one before, but this is my first time trying it. She’d westerened it before but found too much bitterness came out for her tastes, so insisted on us gongfuing it this time.

I am not an earl grey drinker, so this is not my domain. I can tell that the tea base is good, nice and smooth. The bergamot comes through very strong for me, as I don’t handle scents all that well, but the balance of flavors is just right for her. I’m not really familiar with the scent or flavor or amaranth, so I’m not sure how will that comes through or if it could come through steeping this way, but the petals certainly add a nice visual aesthetic.

We get a couple steeps of this one before she has to head back to her desk and, all in all, I would have to say this was more enjoyable than the few earl grey-drinking experiences I’ve had in the past.

Flavors: Bergamot

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GCTTB (round 6) entry

Loved this take on a classic! I think I steeped it too weak, but I’ll try it again stronger soon. I definitely found the citrus came through nicely. The spices (bergamot) are citrusy too, there could be other spices also, but I was eating a pecan tart and couldn’t tell what came from each. What I like most about it is the flower petal addition. They make this blend sooo pretty, and that makes me want to buy a bunch to keep in my clear glass container.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Citrus, Citrusy, Drying, Geranium, Lemon Zest, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Midday cuppa, drank alongside a tasty treat that I’ll write about at a later date when I have the photos for it uploaded…

Hint, it involved tea infused chocolate.

Anyway; this cuppa was pretty good but I definitely didn’t let it brew quite long enough because it was noticeably weak/watery tasting. Consequently, the fruity notes of the blend/pomegranate weren’t overly present. The bergamot was still fairly strong though, for an understeeped cuppa.

tea-sipper

I’m sipping this one now. :D

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99 tasting notes

So, I’m used to Earl Grey from tea bags, yeah? Well before my loose-leaf revelation, back when I was more of a feckless youth, I was near completely apathetic to tea in general, and mainly surrounded by teabags and barley tea that my grandmother brewed in profusion due to a lingering mistrust of plain drinking water from her own younger years.

Despite the near 99% loss/lack of taste that was the typical result of brewing a tea bag from what I remember, I actually always liked Earl Grey. I loved the citrusy perfume, the bold contrast and harmony with the heavy smell of the black tea, the sense of somehow irrefutably English pomp it seems to evoke. These lovely promises of smell never really carried through into the brew very well (because… teabags), but if Earl Grey were just a fragrance, I would be all over that, and I remain a fan of the blend’s concept, if not always the taste.

Honestly, this is not really what I think of when I think of Earl Grey. I’ve never actually tried Lady Gray, but I imagine the lightness, intensely floral perfume, softer balance, and delicate taste are probably more closely matched with Lady Gray (just going off the name) than it does the classic Earl Grey, which I have always associated with a bolder, stronger kind of flavor and elegance.

Which is not to say I didn’t enjoy it, though, it’s a floral, sticky, elegantly hot mess of a black tea in quite a few good ways and the way it displays all the elements of its blend impresses me. The dry leaf is beautiful, the scattered feathers of pink-white amaranth petals and pomegranate seeds catch the eye coyly against the dark brown lengths of leaf while filling the room promisingly with their strong scent.

Tastewise, the bergamot is light, it blends into the tea subtly, making a citrusy tinge off of the sweetly sour pomegranate. The black tea base is lightly astringent and quite giving and friendly to other flavors, making room for the other ingredients to play out their roles while providing a good backdrop.

If pushed hard, I felt the tea was bolder and headier, although the perfume was too strong for me. Steeped more lightly and quickly, I find it to be an extremely elegant and layered experience, very ethereal and sweet, like a memory of sipping tea alone in a flower garden as petals dance by in a wind. The flavors transform and slip away quickly, both in the mouth and across resteeps (in a gaiwan, because my western pot is a pain to clean), adding to that sense of fleeting nostalgia, I think.

All in all, while not what I would be looking for if I was looking for an Earl Grey particularly, this tea is pleasant, quite interesting, and very classy (what I would think of as a “high tea” sort of tea). It isn’t something I would drink regularly (and it also seems to have an oddly nostalgic effect on me whenever I drink it), but I think it would be well suited to drink during spring. Perhaps during a picnic. Or while staring out the window blankly at the backyard. Or while idly contemplating the sky. As long as it’s a relatively contemplative and tranquil space where I can allow myself to be captivated by the unfolding of the perfume into the pomegranate and flowers and appreciate the change of textures as it goes from stickily sour to gently lingering in the sweetly dry finish.

Flavors: Citrus, Drying, Flowers, Fruity, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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While I kept meaning to review this…. Pu’erh and oolong got in my way :p
This was an enjoyable tea to create because I talked with Tealet for the black tea base which is quite unique. The idea came from making an earl grey tea that wasn’t too brisk or awkwardly bad quality flavoring. Wasn’t too hard to do that as I had good results with the peach and bergamot oolong I did last year.
Anyways, this tea excels at what I wanted. Great citrus undertones with a feel while the black tea is smooth and goes well with breakfast. I’ve drank this a few times during breakfast and haven’t found an issue with pairing which makes me happy because my best friends favorite type of tea is earl grey. Really looking forward to giving her some as a gift.

Zennenn

Be super proud, this is a fantastic tea!

Hoálatha

=-O You made a PEACH oolong?! I’m so sad I missed that!

nishnek

Excited to try this soon!

Daylon R Thomas

Wow, I wish I read that comment about the Peach Oolong because I have it. And I just sent you your package.

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The tea itself is beautiful, with cocoa-colored curls of leaves and bright pink petals. It’s an interesting choice, as the bougainvillea-colored petals combined with the creamsicle aroma of the blend suggests a tropical experience is to come.

Once brewed, the liquid has a honey smell that comes out strongly in the flavor. The base tea is sweet and vibrant with honey and floral overtones. I’m not sure if the floral flavor comes from the flower petals or the base, but it’s light and not soapy at all (which is how I typically tend to perceive florals). The bergamot is fresh tasting and bright. It may be a little on the light side for some people, since I didn’t consider it too much. And believe me, I was looking out for it.

The bergamot does get too powerful as the tea cools, however. It’s like I squeezed a full lemon into the cup. So that part isn’t for me.

Otherwise, this tea is a major home run for me.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
8 g

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