Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cream Earl Grey by New Mexico Tea Co.

Cream Earl Grey by New Mexico Tea Co.

Seller Description: "An exquisite Earl Grey character mellowed with soft hints of cream. If you are fan of Earl Grey and have not tried tried this, you are in for a treat. Cream Earl Grey has a taste that is smooth with vanilla overtones, which stand out above the premium bergamot flavor – the signature taste of Earl Grey."
Ingredients: Black tea, cornflower petals, bergamot oil, and natural flavors
Website: Cream Earl Grey by NM Tea Co.
Cost: $5.50/2oz

The dry blend
Teaware: 16oz glass infuser mug with lid, Depression Glass cup
Measured dry: 2 teaspoons
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 4 minutes
Additives: 1 tablespoon of Sugar in the Raw

Thank you, QueenOfTarts from Steepster, for sending this my way! The dry tea smells amazing - a huge whiff of cream with light notes of bergamot peeking through.

The smell does tell you a lot about what to expect with the tea once it has steeped. Jake was in the other room playing his spacecraft game (he's talking a newbie through E.V.E.) so I divided the tea into two cups, made him use his coaster, and settled down with mine and some Patricia Briggs.

The infused leaves
Any bergamot I may have smelled in the dry aroma has vanished, and the tea itself tastes like mostly cream with a little black tea at the end. It might have worked a little better for me if I was reading about feline shapeshifters, but Ms. Briggs fills her worlds with werewolves and the cream just didn't hit the spot!

When Jake took a break from the Gallente Federation to share his reaction, he was not any more impressed with this than I was - but a little more emphatic!

This was an interesting thing to try, but so much of the focus is on the cream that the traditional Earl Grey flavor profile just slips through the cracks. Because of that, it's not going to be moving forward in the Battle of the Earl Greys.

Prominent Notes: Cream
Aftertaste: Black tea
Overall: Not moving forward

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