Review: Culinary Teas Baroness Grey

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Thumbs up!"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. "
Laura’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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culinarybaronessgrey"British legend has it that this Baroness of Grey, who lived sometime in the 16th or 17th century, was married to a man who was a Ship's Captain in the Royal Navy. As the story goes, his ship never returned from a trading voyage to China. Refusing to believe that her husband would never return the Baroness would walk to the port lands every morning to greet each ship hoping for news of her husband. Sadly, she continued this practice until the day she died. In honor of the loyal Baroness Grey, we blended this tea with the traditional bergamot and the addition of lemon to represent the bitter tears shed over her beloved. The dried lemon peels add an additional tartness to the citrus character of the tea making it a fantastic alternative to traditional Earl Grey." ---Culinary Teas website.

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.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Baroness Grey, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: Culinary Teas Baroness Grey”

  1. Laura Says:

    Wow I think I should have proofed this at least one more time! Yikes!

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