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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tazo Teabag Black Tea 'Earl Grey'

Tea: Earl Grey
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Full Leaf Filter Bag Tea Bag
Company: Tazo
Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none / none / 2 packets of white sugar / 4 packets of white sugar
Water: 20 ounces / 16 ounces second steep both with hot spigot water
Steep Time: over 5 minutes (walking back from Starbucks), then 2 minutes on the second steep
Served: Hot
Purchase: Starbucks online or at a store
Description: "A more aromatic version of the Earl's celebrated black tea, scented with citrusy essence of bergamont from Italy. Blend of black tea from the regions of Ceylon and Assam scented with Italian Bergamot oil."

Notes: I had limited ability to pull the bags while walking back from Starbucks to work, so the first infusion was too strong and bitter. The second infusion ended up a little weak. Watch the brew time on this carefully it seems to turn bitter very fast. The first over-brewed cup was not salvageable even after trying to add milk and sugar. The second batch after 2 packets of sugar there was a hint of sweet and the flavor was smoother and less sharply bitter, 4 packets worked great, 3 probably would have done. I've always preferred my earl grey with sugar and milk. I did not try adding milk to the second infusion as it was already weak. The leaves stood up very well to the second infusion.

Smell: Black tea, citrus
Flavor: citrus, strong black tea
Body: heavy, it lingers
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: batch 1: dark reddish brown, batch 2: light reddish brown, opaque

Rating: 2/3

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