Thursday, 24 January 2013

Russian Earl Grey - Steepedtea

Previously in my backwater little town there was no loose tea available.  period.   After hearing about a physiotherapy clinic that opened up in town was apparently selling tea  I decided to pop in and have a look around.  Well their stock consisted of  products from the Ontario company "Steepedtea" which apparently got started due to a tv show called "Dragons Den"   a show that potential entrapenures pitch their idea's to a panel of wealthy investors  to see if they can get their product/idea off the ground..   Anyways  its a company that 90% of their products are of the "flavored" verity     I have expressed my intent on trying the "iron goddess"  whenever she brings it in.  But lets get on to the point of this review  the tea I have chosen.

Russian Earl Grey.   A earl grey that is flavored with Orange Lemon Grass,  Cornflower petals  and "natural flavors"   

Opening the bag results in a blast of  Floral Orange and Lemon.  with a hint of fruit loops.  really pungent aroma.  

Looking at the  tea you can see Blue petals  and small whole leaves with moderately sized lemon grass stalks and medium sized orange rind pieces.  The look of the tea is more like Dikom or Keemun in size and processing.

Setup:  5g in dayi gaiwan 95c 

First infusion:  30s 

Light black tea flavor with a bitter Florals  lemon and an orange rind finish.  medium dry finish. 

Second Infusion: 1m

lighter flavor  without the bitterness  Floral with classic black tea notes  that finish off with dry citrus.  

Third infusion: 2m 

flavor consists of weak citrus and a dry mouthfeel  

Thoughts.  this might make a good ice tea without having to add lemon to it.  i can tell the tea is of fairly good quality but the flavorings are a bit over the top.  tea may present nicer in a western brewing style.  i may experiment with this tea at a later date. 

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