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Golden Earl is P&T´s most “classical” Earl Grey blend, one that is not only very fragrant but also visually very nice (tea leaves almost too beautiful to steep!). P&T indicates that this blend can be infused 3 times and although I really enjoyed the first en 2nd infusion, I believe that the 3rd is not good enough. The aroma´s are strong, with the citrusy notes coming through in a natural way. Even after the second infusion, the tea leaves maintain the typical bergamot fragrance, which I can appreciate.
I bought this tea in a tin, and I must give an extra good mark to P&T for the excellent tin design so tins can be safely stacked; the branding is another very strong point of theirs.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Tea
I was so intrigued by others commenting P&T that I not only wanted to taste some samples (like in an advent calendar), I took advantage of a special offer and ordered 8 different teas! This was one of the ones I really wanted to try, as I´m an Earl Grey fan, and the addition of juniper sounds great.
I like the packaging and I love the aromas when opening the tea package! I´m not so sure about how it changes when brewed…or should I say that the aroma´s promise more than what I finally taste in mouth? I hoped to have a deeper and longer juniper effect, I guess. The tea leaves can be infused twice, with a similar result, so that´s nice.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Tea
ADVENT DAY 22, drank 23.
Finally, and luckily, only one day without hot beverages. It seems that everything is pretty much okay, but… sadly I forgot I have steeping tea and I have it overbrewed a bit.
Yes… more than 5 minutes instead suggested 3. Dang. Because this tea deserves more love.
Luckily, it doesn’t turn bitter. Just too strong and tannic. Malt somehow hidden beneath. Sadly, I could not notice baked bread notes as Roswell Strange notices… because my wrong steeping. Dang… I am sure I would love them.
But it was (very) bold tea with lovely flavours, even they were muted. Great breakfast tea for sure. I guess I will order it next time. However not sure if the tea bags — no fuzz and lovely too, moreso great for exchange, or I should go loose-leaf?
I won’t rate as prepared very wrong. But even though it was very good.
ADVENT DAY 22 (kind of diary entry only)
If I could, I will drink this tea. But I can’t. Hopefully tomorrow.
No caffeine, no hot drinks… because I had so strong nosebleed yesterday and today morning, I have decided to visit ENT specialist. She decided to “fix it” with some kind of device and yes, since then no nosebleeds. But boy that was hurting so much! And it was bleeding afterwards. I have a swab in nose all day… soon I will took it out. And then I have here a salve which should help with veins recovery and overall calming it down.
I hope it won’t be necessary anytime soon. Because it was nasty!
ADVENT DAY 21
Although Roswell Strange had it twice in her Advent, it is my first time.
It is a green, so a colder water should be used. I was waiting for my stovetop kettle to have proper temperature, but I took it a rather earlier than usual about 80°C and then I just saw it should be brewed with 70°C. I think I got the temperature just right by lucky accident.
I did two steeps as suggested.
The leaf quality is exceptional for a sachet and so does taste. It is highly enjoyable green bean taste, lightly nutty and long mouthfeel. Extremely comforting. No astringency. Floral and awesome aroma.
I want more.
First steep 2 minutes, second steep 3 minutes. Unknown temperature, just I heard first bubbles in the kettle.
Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Nutty
ADVENT DAY 20
A sleepy tea? Well, I had to postpone drinking it for the evening. Because I wanted anything, but sleeping when I came home.
So, it is almost 8 pm, I already drank this tea (prepared at 7 pm) and soon, it’s time to bed. Don’t think I am like a little kid, but waking up at 5 am isn’t that much fun…
So, yeah… apple tree flowers are in the aroma and then somehow basic herbal. Maybe the mix is so wide, that it doesn’t smell anyhow particular.
In taste, it’s mostly chamomile and linden flowers. The latter causes also honey-ish taste, very pleasant. Short rough aftertaste of hops.
Overall, enjoyable and I already feel a bit drowsy, though I am not sure if it is tea effect :)
ADVENT DAY 16
It’s sad to see another repe… wait, this is not tea I have tried before? I took the other, tea bag with same design and… indeed it is a different tea! YAY!
I have to say that today mint tea is greatly welcomed. We had an awesome, but very fatty lunch paid by the company. We had roasted duck leg, with two types of dumplings, gravy and red sauerkraut. But that’s not all. We had soup before. It was beef broth with vegetables, noodles and liver pastina. Again, not all. We had also a piece of honey cake and non-alcoholic punch as a drink.
So, pretty much I was stuffed and I haven’t been hungry even in time I have arrived home. That was 4 hours after the lunch! Yes, we have heavy lunches here and light dinners, not like vice versa in the English-speaking countries.
So yeah, spearmint tea. Settles down my stomach well, and it was minty. Obviously. It has got nice mouthfeel and sometimes it was even a bit citrusy and sometimes honey-ish.
Delightful, however a bit boring tea. I mean, what can go wrong with simple spearmint tea? Probably just using old and musty herbs.
Flavors: Citrusy, Honey, Spearmint
ADVENT DAY 14
I have to agree with Roswell Strange, it has got mojito vibe. But first, when I smelled the sachet, I got chamomile.
But brewed, it went well. Green tea with mint. Hints of citrus, quite delightful.
As Roswell wrote, it is indeed nicely balanced and mint was fresh in this tea — so no muddy taste. However, somehow quite boring? I mean that I have tried several lemon green teas and this has got added mint, which is nicely refreshing, but not adding much else. I haven’t got Julep itself yet, but I saw it should be with bourbon and sadly (or luckily?) no bourbon notes in.
Flavors: Chamomile, Citrus, Mint
Adventaggedon Day 13: Tea 5/8
So I liked this tea a lot. It was so smooth but full bodied with really nuanced notes of fig preserve, leather, pipe tobacco, malt, and just a little bit of smoke. It tasted very nuanced and elegant despite maintaining a simplicity and directness to the flavour. Definitely the type of tea I could very easily see stocked up in my own stash!
ADVENT DAY 13
I have arrived home, awfully tired, picked up some Christmas gifts and some work stuff I have to do at home, because I had no mod to do it in the office. I have some neglected stuff there and I have to fix it ASAP. Oh dear. Tomrrow my probation period ends. It flies.
And I am supposed to have caffeine-free tea? And again some Ayurvedish? It can be good.
Error! It was good. I calmed down a wee bit. Tea relaxes. Soothes wild mind.
Enjoyable cup with lemongrass/gingery notes. Smooth and not fiery. I guess I have Ayurveda teas connected with Yogi teas. Gently citrusy. Mellow… but just not my cup of tea.
Off to work!
Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Smooth
Adventaggedon Day 20: Tea 3/8
It was nice to revisit this tea today even though I got a lot of green tea again today and maybe would have preferred some other tea types in the mix. I liked the strawberry and basil flavour of this blend the first time around though and I kind of liked it even more today because I got my wish from the initial tasting. The basil came off much, much stronger today!
Adventaggedon Day 12: Tea 1/6
Holy shit y’all! We’ve officially hit the halfway mark of advent season!
I actually only had six teas today since my Kusmi advent was a little scoop and not an actual tea. Honestly, the little break was nice because tomorrow I’ll be adding in my 52Teas 12 Days of Tea countdown to the mix… for a total of eight teas!
This is what I started the day with! I wasn’t super thrilled to see the green tea base but the combination of strawberry and basil made me more than excited enough to make up for it! Overall the tea brewed up pretty soft and delicate with a nice greener leaning sweet strawberry note and a hint of the more herbaceous basil in the finish. It definitely didn’t taste like fresh basil, but the taste was still noticeably there.
Now, I am a fiend when it comes to the combination of fruit and herbs in tea I am usually very into it and I almost always want MORE of the herbs. That was kind of the case here because I would have been happy with like triple the amount of basil. I think the more light and playful hints of both strawberry and basil were ultimately appropriate though! For a blend inspired by fairies the gentle and ethereal qualities of the tea seemed well matched.
ADVENT DAY 12
I had this tea at 9 am. Now, it’s half past 2 pm and still haven’t wrote a tasting note, because, simply, I don’t know what to write!
It was so simply green tea, rather on seaweed spectrum. Naturally, it was grassy as well, but so simple and unoffensive nor offensive… it is just nothing to write home about.
Flavors: Grass, Seaweed
Adventaggedon Day 11: Tea 5/7
Started my morning with a teacup of this tea, some biscotti, and a few chapters from a book – it was a nice and calm start to the weekend which is good because I could definitely use a little rest.
This is one of my favourite teas from Paper & Tea yet. I felt like their tasting notes from the overwrap were pretty damn spot on! Aromatic notes of freshly zested oranges, boozier syrupy Grand Marnier, buttery biscuits, vanilla, and just a hint of cocoa. More of the orange than anything else – but just lots of harmonious flavours all in all!
I paired it with a chocolate orange biscotti that I bought while I was last grocery shopping. I just figured that statistically it seemed pretty likely that I would be getting at least one chocolate/orange tea in one of the advents because that seems to be a flavour combination that always pops up each year. So I had it locked and loaded ready to be paired. More specifically dunked! It was delicious!
Adventaggedon Day 22: Tea 7/8
I wanted to do something different with this tea than how I steeped it the first time and it seemed like it was just begging to be cold brewed. Uh, well. It was not. The cold brew was pretty unpleasant compared to what my hot steeped experience was. The initial mint and hint of citrus is pleasant but quickly the licorice root takes over and the finish is so coating and cloying.
Big no thank you to this tea as a cold brew.
Adventaggedon Day 10: Tea 5/7
I know this is supposed to be inspired by a Julep but I took my first sips this afternoon and instantly I was getting a little bit more of a mojito vibe. I guess juleps and mojitos both utilize mint so it’s not too weird to see some similarities but there was a lemony citrus note that almost read lime like and that just pushed the mojito comparison over the edge. So, inspired by that I cut myself a little lime wedge to rim the mug with and garnish and just added a small squeeze of lime to the mug.
It was light to medium bodied with a brightness to the top of the sip from the mixed citrus that complimented the refreshing notes of mint. Not overly complex but just consistent and well balanced. There’s been better Paper & Tea blends included in the advent so far, but there have also been worse ones. So this is kind of somewhere in the middle.
ADVENT DAY 10
I came from work drained today. And with a bit of sore throat.
Took my advent calendar, took out this tea sachet. I have to say I really love the outer wrapping! It has got ivory color with purple details. And that detail, among the name of the tea, is dragonfly. Not much detailed, rather like a clip-art, but wonderful combination of colours.
The tea itself is wonderful too. Although caffeine-free tea, it’s tasty and somehow complex. Peppermint is very fresh and the menthol covered my mouth very well. Then hibiscus takes it’s note and it was lightly tart. Rose petals? Yes, when hot! I have noticed it while it was hot and it has got that rosey-peppery note and somehow I have to confess I loved it. As it was cooling down, the hibiscus was somehow stronger and I was thinking of fruit notes… maybe because I have associated hibiscus with fruit teas I suppose.
Flavors: Fruity, Menthol, Peppermint, Rose, Tart
Adventaggedon Day 21: Tea 4/8
This was very pleasant! I sipped on it nearing the end of my work day and found that it was a really approachable and not all that astringent/tannic Darjeeling while still having all the classic second flush notes that I would want – namely the beautiful sweet muscatel grape note! I remember I found my first tasting of it in the first half of the advent to be a little biscuit-y and that wasn’t true this time around but I still thought the cup was equally good!
Adventaggedon Day 9: Tea 6/7
Darjeelings are a little hit or miss for me but I really enjoyed this one! It was pleasant with an almost biscuit like malty first impression before plunging into more of a traditional deep and complex mix of muscatel grape, citrus rind, and other fruity notes. Also just the perfect amount of pleasant astringency in the cup as well.
I think this was my favourite of the day.
ADVENT DAY 9
It snows all day. What a fun to ride a car in this weather (irony). But it was necessary. I have a crown instead my tooth. Hurray!
And this tea waited for me in the afternoon at home. I did only single steep, as I had my two years old niece around and we were baking Christmas cookies, so not much time for tea.
I am grateful for tea from derk that I have finally received and now I have to find some time to put it into virtual cupboard. I don’t think I will do it today, although there are some nice ones for sure.
But for this tea. It should have fig, honey and leather notes and I can say I noticed all three? The base was very rich and leathery, but not in offensive way; smooth and enjoyable as well. Honey — I dare to say dark one. Very mouthcoating. Great base! ANd finally, the fig. I haven’t got much figs lately, to be honest. But it has got some quite nice fruitiness, a bit tropical for me — so I hope it is a fig.
Overall very enjoyable afternoon cuppa. I think I am getting used to their “not hitting in nose” notes and I can notice those fruits, herbs, whatever is in.
Flavors: Fig, Honey, Leather, Smooth
Adventaggedon Day 24: Tea 4/8
I’m a bit bummed out the last day wasn’t either the chocolate orange or the smoky fig teas because those were the only others that had not yet repeated, and both were probably my favourites in this advent overall.
However I get it because even though the flavour itself of this tea doesn’t really feel anywhere near as festive as the other advents… the name itself seems deliberately timed for Christmas Eve. Like, a ‘perfect day’ to finish off the advent and to celebrate the season. I kind of rebuke that notion though!? Not the tea; the tea was fine. I just think people put so much pressure on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be so special and for some people it’s just not. Not everyone can see their family or has family to go see and some people just don’t want to spend time with their family either. Like, the holidays are not always the most wonderful time of the year for people and that’s okay.
But yeah – it was a fine tea. Light and smooth and just a bit more stonefruit heavy in taste this time around which was appreciated.
Adventaggedon Day 8: Tea 6/7
This was a really interesting blend and, I think, also the most “out there” one that’s been included in the P&T advent so far!? It’s delicate with soft floral notes of elderflower and a light but playful stonefruit finish. I love the clean and subdued sweetness of the white tea and and the slight cucumber pulp taste it had. I could go for more apricot, but what I’ve been present with is gentle and fresh which is lovely.
I think I wanted to like this more than I did but I feel like that’s more a problem on my end because my expectations for an apricot white tea were so high and not because there was actually anything wrong with the tea itself.
ADVENT DAY 8
In the Mood for Love and jasmine tea? I would expect rather rose than jasmine. But let’s try it!
It is indeed delicate green tea, naturally scented as they write on the outer wrapping. The scent was very natural and pleasant and green tea base was delicate and flavorful as well. Slightly hay and grassy. The jasmine was wonderful and not overpowering; even I say, like Roswell Strange, even a bit of fruity notes. I wouldn’t call it grape, but not sure what is it — maybe rather hints of muscatel to me.
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Jasmine, Muscatel
Adventaggedon Day 19: Tea 3/8
This was one of my favourites from the first half of the Paper and Tea advent so I was thrilled to just jump right back into a teacup of it. Their black teas have honestly all been so good but this essentially a “Honey Nut Cheerios” type of breakfast blend which feels familiar and quite complimentary to the bold black tea base and honestly just appropriate for a breakfast tea. With a splash of cream that just strengthened the comparison for me and overall it was a very good revisit of this blend I was introduced to earlier this month!