|"This is an interesting twist on earl grey/earl grey le creme. I like the milder tea base and the caramel as a player in the blend."|
I have been developing a relationship with Earl Grey. At first, I hated Earl Grey but suspect that I had only tasted nasty, cheap earl grey or ones that have been developed for those more experienced with Earl Grey. Then I started getting into Teavana's Earl Grey Le Creme. Now that I have had an opportunity to taste better Earl Grey through Teaviews (thanks Stephen and the tea companies), I am moving from the 'that is different not sure if I like it' stage to the 'that is good different' stage. As a lover of dessert teas, you can imagine that the vanilla versions of Earl Grey (Le Creme) are something that I am attracted to.
This is another blend done by Dammann Freres, a French master tea blender. One interesting thing about this cup is that it uses Darjeeling as its tea base. One thing about earl greys is that they usually use a strong, and often cheap, black tea base. That is not so with this tea base---definitely more mild and tastes like a quality base to me. It is a little drying on the palate and the Darjeeling tastes a little woody to me---in a sweet kinda way (or maybe that is just the flavoring). The creme brulee flavoring that is added is pretty good and kinda gives it a vanilla/caramel flavor rather than just the usual vanilla that you get with most Le Cremes. This requires no sugar and, having tasted it both ways, I would likely not add any next time. The bergamot is a very light player in this blend. This takes milk nicely.
This is an interesting twist on earl grey/earl grey le creme. I like the milder tea base and the caramel as a player in the blend. This is good and a nice dessert choice for lovers of earl grey (le creme). I still don't know that I prefer it to the Le Creme that I've been drinking, but it is nice to have options.
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