drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
871 tasting notes

Received this one from Roswell Strange.

I initially was having a hard time describing this one. On first look of the dried leaves I was surprised as I there were quite large bits and this is something that I do not associate with Davids Tea. I often find their teas a bit crumbly. On first smell of the dried tea all I got was lemon, like sweet lemon drop candies. Not much bergamot and certainly did not make me think Earl Grey.

On first sip, I am confused. I am not getting much taste. Maybe I underleafed. I am getting a light, sort of sweet lemon flavour. A bit artificial. No bergamot at all.

I am thinking I must be off today. So I took the cheating way out and I read the description of the tea. I really shouldn’t call this cheating. It would have been smart to read this before making the tea, instead of just assuming.

This is a white tea! Totally didn’t expect that at all. The dry leaf did not anywhere near resemble bai mu dan in my opinion. I just assumed it was a black tea and steeped in just under boiling water. I also did not realize there were yogurt pieces in the mix.

So after reading the description and going back to the tea, I am getting some light, sweet lemon flavours. Still a bit artificial. I am definitely getting a creaminess from the yogurt. Still doesn’t taste like bai mu dan to me, but that could be in how I steeped it. Not getting a whole lot of bergamot. The taste is getting stronger as it cools.

Still a decent tasting tea. I think I need to use a bit more leaf and lower water temp next time to bring out more flavour and see if it becomes a bit more of an Earl. Although, the ingredient list does not even list bergamot oil or flavouring or orange rind at all. So I am thinking it is not a real Earl, but they are substituting with lemon (which is not the same but I understand what Davids is trying to achieve with it).

Thanks Ros. I would have probably never picked this one up on my own, so thanks for the sample.

Edit: made this one again, but this time doubled up on the leaf. Overall it tastes the same, the lemon taste is a bit stronger. I am finding the yogurt pieces a bit astringent this time around but that maybe due to the amount that I steeped. I closely inspected the brewed leaf and noted there did seem to be a lot of green tea leaves that must have unfurled during brewing and I didn’t notice in the dry tea.

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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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