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bergamot – The Year of Tea

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Episode 083: White Earl Grey

When I started this show back in January, one of the first tea recommendations I received was for a white Earl Grey. But I put it in the back of my mind as I continued diving deeper into my collection.

Fast-forward to now. Last week, I was in Austin for SXSW, and by some stroke of luck, my Airbnb host had white earl grey tea in his pantry. You know I had to try it!

I do believe this is going into my pantheon of favorite teas. The white tea is delicate, yet brisk, and carries that famous aroma and flavor of bergamot through every sip. I’m definitely going to have to buy some of this soon!

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Episode 107: Lady Grey

Today I’m sampling one of Twinings’ “classic” teas — Lady Grey. I’m using classic liberally here considering this variety was invented a little less than 20 years ago. Earl Grey is ligthened up a bit with the addition of lemon and orange peel, as well as cornflower.

While the lemon and orange do make for a brighter, crisper cup of tea, they also contribute a bit of a soapy aftertaste. I’m not sure if this is present is in the loose leaf blend, but the bagged tea definitely tastes a bit flat and uninspiring.

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Episode 250: Chocolate Earl Grey

250 episodes! I’m celebrating this milestone episode with an indulgent blend from Numi Organic Tea — chocolate Earl Grey. I love Earl Grey, but you know how I am with chocolate teas — I either love them or hate them. Which category will this blend fall into? Let’s see!

As a hot tea, the chocolate and the bergamot are really competing with each other sip for sip. The flavors become a bit more pronounced as it cools, but not by much. Somehow, it’s not quite the sum of its parts, which is too bad.

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Episode 275: Good Morning Energy

Black tea on its own in the mornings can be pretty bitter, but Tea Drift has found a way to fix that — cover it up with a bunch of aromatics! That’s what this Good Morning Energy blend feels like to me. Black tea in a bouquet of lavender, rosemary, bergamot, and rose.

The taste is sweet. The smell is almost medicinal. But I think for all these inclusions, I didn’t actually get that buzz I get from black tea. (Doesn’t lavender usually calm you down?) It’s not a bad tea blend, but I just don’t know if I’d have this in the morning instead of a cup of something stronger.

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Episode 280: Paris

Ooh la la! Today, we are visiting France with this Harney & Sons blend called Paris. There’s not a lot of detail about this tea — “a blend of black teas with natural vanilla, fruit and citrus flavors”, according to Harney & Sons — but it’s supposed to be evocative of the City of Lights.

I think it smells better than it tastes. Paris has a rich, warm, and creamy smell like vanilla or sherbet. Taste-wise…it’s just a black tea with vanilla and some indeterminate fruity flavor. Bergamot, perhaps? I couldn’t tell, honestly. Quel dommage.

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