|"If I could adjust this blend to suit my own personal taste preferences, I would kick up the lime (and tangerine) flavors a bit. I would love this if the lime were a little stronger and maybe even creamy."|
“Wonderful Earl Grey (bergamot) with a teasing hint of tangerine and lime. Commands a faithful following.” — The Teacup website.
When I first saw this sample available from The Teacup, I was on an Earl Grey kick and quickly requested it. Until recently, Earl Grey had never been a blend that I had particularly liked. Then one day, I happened upon a blend through Teaviews that I had found amazing and suddenly started drinking all kinds of Earl Grey and its Le Creme cousin. I am a big lover of lime and would love to find a good lime tea, but most lime teas tend to be pretty sour.
The aroma coming from my sample is very aromatic and mostly smells of a strong bergamot presence with maybe an extra twang of citrus. I steeped my leaves for 4 minutes in water that had been brought to a boil and allowed to cool a few degrees. I added a pinch of rock cane sugar to this as well as I tend to find that I like my earl grey lightly sweetened. The steam coming from cup did not allude to any twist of tangerine or lime that the description of the tea indicates, but mostly smells of just regular earl grey.
Typical of some Dammann Freres blends, the black tea base is what dominates this cup. It is smooth with just a touch of dryness brought to your palate. The earl grey taste is on the more mild-moderate side. I often find that earl grey sort of makes my mouth tingle a bit and this offers just a mild case of that. I found the extra citrus notes in the cup gave this a bit of pleasantness that I enjoyed. While, I didn’t find this to be a consistent experience while drinking the cup, I occasionally enjoyed a lime (?)aftertaste that would linger between sips. The tangerine was pretty much lost on my tongue or mistaken for bergamot.
If I could adjust this blend to suit my own personal taste preferences, I would kick up the lime (and tangerine) flavors a bit. I would love this if the lime were a little stronger and maybe even creamy. Overall, this cup appealed largely to my preference for a less strong bergamot presence. This is about the strength of bergamot that I like. The black tea base was good (though no one tops Rishi’s black tea base on their earl grey). This was a pretty pleasant cup that is worth your consideration.
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