So last weekend I did an instagram live tea tasting and conversation with TheOolongDrunk and The Tea Squirrel – and during the conversation we did a bit of a “weird tea prep” experiment where we have a live Gongfu session of an Earl Grey. I picked this one because I didn’t want to do a traditional Earl Grey – I’m not big on bergamot and I felt like that might be too aggressive for my tastes.
I kept my steeps VERY short – flash steeps only until after the third steep – but I actually thought this was alright. Very weighted towards aromatic and floral bergamot at the start but also a really robust black tea and a sweet and fragrant orange. It was mostly just like a more aromatic version of how this tea tastes prepared normally, but with more top note bergamot and less pithyness to the finish. After a bit, the bergamot steeped out a fair bit, and then more of the hibiscus and blood orange were left to shine in a steep or two. From there it just gradually got weaker and by steep seven the leaf was spent.
Would I do it again? I don’t think so – but as an exercise I thought it was interesting and still pretty enjoyable!
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