An absolute advancement in Earl Grey. So fantastic, So light, with the uplifting taste of bergamot. Something so perfect and unthought of.
“I am currently sipping the very last of this tea. Today I need to do some serious cleaning. We are having company this week and so I have to clean the Guest Bedroom/Dump-It-And-Run Room. So, I...” Read full tasting note
“I’ve tried the traditional Earl Grey teas from a variety of places, but none of them ever “did it” for me. But this one is very different. Sure the bergamot is there, but it isn’t as harsh as it...” Read full tasting note
“Since I had such a bad experience with this tea last time I drank it, I decided to cold brew some of it in the fridge overnight to see if that would make any difference in my opinion on it....” Read full tasting note
“This is one I’ve had kicking around for a while. This time, I kept the water temp super low so as not to burn the crap out of the leaves like I did last time I made it. It’s a decent...” Read full tasting note
A modern turn on a world classic taste, this lighter and brighter Earl Grey has uplifting apricot nuances and tartly orange flavor from the elite and robust bergamot. All balanced with a smooth infusion of top shelf, superior white tea featuring less caffeine than our regular black Earl Grey tea.
Light and refreshing with fragrant bergamot citrus.
Use 1.5-2 tsp of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 175 degrees (79 degrees Celsius) and steep for 2 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Ingredients: White tea, artificial flavoring, marigold petals
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Cold steeped for 48 hrs and then heated up in the microwave.
This was an experiment in cold brewing that I think I consider failed. As this has been left to brew, I’ve been taking little sips to judge how it’s developing and at 48 hours, I’m convinced it’s not going to get any better.
The bergamot came off the leaves very early. It was obvious even in the first half hour. It took a long time for the tea flavor to even begin to catch up. The final result is really cloying—it hangs in the nostrils for a while after each sip. This style of preparation is recommended for people who want to drink perfume without being blinded by the denatured alcohol.
I’ll try a conventional hot water steep of this tomorrow.
I have to admit, I’m not all that excited about this cup today. It’s a tea I put in my bag yesterday so if I want something warm to drink it’s either this or decaf coffee from the break room. Don’t get me wrong, the last time I had this tea it was good. I think I’m just not in the mood for Earl Grey at the moment.
I must have steeped this too long. AGAIN. It’s bitter and not really enjoyable. I’ll try adding some honey to it to see if I can smooth it out some. This tea has the potential to be good, but it is so fussy!
The honey definitely helps. Much, much better. I’m still not tasting the bergamot here; it’s just straight tea. It’s also a little dry. But honestly, it’s been so cold today that this cup is really comforting.
Exciting news! My husband and I signed up last night for the Verdant tea of the month blends subscription! We had been talking and narrowing down our options for the last few days and when we finally made our choice Verdant was down to one spot available. I don’t think I’ve ever typed so fast in my life! I can’t wait for our first box to arrive next month. Has anyone here had any experience with Verdant Tea? From what I’ve read on the discussion board, their teas are reliable and of good quality.
Next up, a TTB!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter
Traditionally, I am not a big fan of white teas. I prefer the black stuff. That being said, I had a gift card to Teavana, and when I asked the gentleman at the counter for an Earl Grey recommendation this is what he suggested. I was skeptical, but why not? I went home and brewed some immediately. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! It was delicate and well balanced. The bergamot was not overpowering whatsoever! I would definitely buy this again!
This tea is in competition with being the worst white/earl grey/store experience I have every had the misfortune of purchasing and drinking.
Golly! This tea is bad!
Okay, I’ve officially tried ever manner of brewing/steeping this tea just short of gong fu and no matter what I’ve done, how short I steeped, how close I monitored water temperature and purity, this tea never failed to taste like bitter, acrid garbage. Wow. Just wow. Don’t let me get started on the overly pushy downright rude the sales associates were. They’re lucky I’m not Hannibal….
Its been over a year and I’ve finally managed to make the last of this blend -cold brewed over night as a last resort. Still just as overly sour, bitter and foul as the rest of it was. But I can’t bring myself to pour it and waste money, even if it wasn’t mine. Ugh.
Very difficult and unforgiving to brew. I tried this tea 3 times according to the instructions, and it always ended up BITTER. So I decided to use 165 degree water, and 1 minute (instead of 175 degrees, for 2 minutes). It turns out a bit better, and it’s drinkable, but I only drink it for the caffeine.
I wouldn’t say that it’s the worst tea I’ve ever had, but I won’t buy it again and I can’t really recommend it.
A very nice Earl Grey. Though not quiet as good as the one I lost when Teavana bought out SpecialTeas.com and then closed them down. Their Paris Soiree was the best—nice, grapefruity Earl Grey. I still kind of resent Teavana for that—and for losing my other SpecialTeas.com fave, that had white tea and mallow flowers and currants.
Rather ordinary Earl Grey. Really equivalent to bulk tea bags which lack flavor, body, robustness, and sparkle. I’m quite disappointed, because I loved SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey, and hoped that Teavana’s would be the same (since Teavana acquired SpecialTeas).
Also, must add that my ecommerce experience with Teavana was sub-par.