|"The majority of the offerings from Culinary Teas that I have tried have had very fragrant aromas and this one is no exception. The steam that came from tea maker, filled my kitchen with a very fresh, citrusy aroma that smelled delicious.
I have had the good fortune to try a number of offerings from Culinary Teas through my association with Teaviews. By and large, my experience with them has been that they have some amazing flavor profiles. However, at least in the case of their flavored black teas, the luxury tea base that they use seems to bitter very easily. This has caused a number of blends that might have other scored in the 7.5-9 range to receive scores in the 6.5-7.5 range. Baroness Grey is no exception.
I have no less than three Earl Grey samples in my current stash waiting to be reviewed. Of the three, this one is the most colorful, and smells the most fruity and delicious. Culinary Teas lists the ingredients in this blend as Luxury black tea, natural dried orange + lemon, rose and cornflower petals, cinnamon pieces and natural flavors. I prepared this using water brought to a full boil and infused this for four minutes. Culinary Teas suggest a steep of anywhere from 3-7 min depending upon how strong you like your tea. However, due to my previous issues with finding the black tea base a bit better, I only allowed the infusion to go about 3.5 min. I found that the bitterness was kind of held at bay when the cup was piping hot. Unfortunately, as soon as it began to cool a bit, the bitterness reared its ugly head and ruined what is another amazing flavor profile. Culinary Teas set out to have a zesty lemon flavor dominate the bergamot in the flavor profile and they succeeded in that. If you are looking for a bergamot that is not in-your-face, then this flavor profile would likely work for you. It has very nicely done sweet yet zesty citrus flavors and it does offer a hint of floral. The majority of the offerings from Culinary Teas that I have tried have had very fragrant aromas and this one is no exception. The steam that came from tea maker, filled my kitchen with a very fresh, citrusy aroma that smelled delicious.
I did find on a subsequent preparation that using only a 200 degree water temperature with the shorter infusion time helped with the bitterness some. However, It is my hope that Culinary Teas would take consider using a different black tea base in their flavored blends. I would consider purchasing a good number of their blends if that were improved upon as they are skillful blenders in terms of flavor profiles. This Baroness Grey is a unique twist on classic Earl Grey and I really liked the flavor profile. This blend sells for just $8.25 for a 4 oz bag. I personally would be willing to spend a few extra dollars for a more exceptional tea base.
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