drank Earl Grey by Bistrotea
871 tasting notes

So I totally impulse bought this at the store yesterday. Advertised as loose leaf on the go. But really it is a fancy looking tea bag. The tea is in a long stick shaped foil wrapper. There are very tiny perforations on the bottom 3/4 of the tea bag. The idea is you stir it in your hot water for 3-5 minutes then remove and drink.

The foil sticks smell like a traditional earl grey. On first putting it into the water, after about 3 seconds, I could see the orange colour of the Ceylon infusing into the water. I didn’t stir, but I left it there for 2 minutes. It created a light brown orange coloured liquid. It tasted very much like a traditional earl grey. I would consider the bergamot to be on the light side. It it blended well with the Ceylon base. Slightly sweet, not astringent. I could have used another minute of infusion time though, that might be why they instruct to stir with the stick. Overall a decent cup of earl grey, not the best, but certainly consumable.

I cut open the foil packet after I was done and there was tightly packed CTC tea. It did not have much room to expand because the foil stick was too small.

Essentially I find this to be a glorified tea bag. Which is unfortunate because the tea was not too bad.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


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