Saturday, August 31, 2013

Earl Grey by Lupicia

Earl Grey by Lupicia

Seller Description: Authentic Earl Grey made with Keemun tea. Delicious straight up or with milk.
Website: Earl Grey by Lupicia
Sample source: Steepster Swap

Teaware: 16oz glass infuser mug, transferred to china cup
Measured dry: 2 teaspoons
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: First attempt 3 minutes, second 4 minutes
Additives: 3 teaspoons of raw sugar

I've heard a lot of wonderful things about this tea, so I knew I had to try it out before I got too much further into the Battle of the Earl Greys. I didn't expect to have to quickly look up the names of Jane Austen characters, nor did I think it would be quite so... forgettable.

Earl Grey by Lupicia
The dry smell is more subtle than other teas I've tried recently, but unmistakably bergamot with only traces of the black tea.

I actually made this tea twice. The first time I went with the shorter steep time, only to discover the tea was not quite brisk enough yet for my taste. It was still enjoyable, despite the need for a slightly longer steep. The black tea and bergamot are so seamlessly blended together that I could not separate one note from the other, and, as an added bonus, there is little to no astringency at this point.

The second attempt is stronger, but still somewhat mild. The flavors are just as perfectly blended, and there is still little to no astringency at all. It's incredibly smooth, and I've never met a tea that's quite so polite. It doesn't briskly announce itself and strut into the room like many other Earl Greys. It knocks quietly, waits to be invited, and then hesitantly peeks around the door before meekly scuttling into the room and perching daintily on a small chair. I've seen people describe Earl Grey as the grandfather of teas, but this one is acting like some meek Regency miss.

I wanted Elizabeth Bennet and I got Anne de Bourgh!

And yes, I did have to look her name up because she was that forgetful!

Now this is still a nice tea, and a very smooth cup, but it's just too... meek. I'm trying to find something with enough get-up-and-go to kick my brain into gear in the morning. This tea may contain caffeine, but it just doesn't have that bold and assertive quality I'm looking for.

Prominent Notes: Black tea and bergamot
Aftertaste: Not noticible
Overall: Straightforward and delicious

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