Initially I had planned to review TeaVivre's Ripened Rose Pu-erh Mini Tuocha, but between going on a road trip with my mother and son for two weeks and having my brother-in-law stay with us for three weeks I got distracted and ran out of time for Tuesday's post. What can I say, it's Summer and I enjoy being out having fun.I'm going to bump reviewing the Rose Mini Tuocha back a week, but I do have a back-up post for you. It always pays to be prepared, I guess being a Girl Scout finally came in handy. I hope you enjoy the review of Cream Earl Grey from Culinary Teas.
An exquisite Earl Grey character mellowed with soft hints of cream. Truly a taste extravaganza in a tea cup! Now in a convenient tea bag.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Culinary Teas
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
*the packaging suggest 2-3 minutes, however the website suggest that you can steep this as long as 7 minutes. I would be wary of trying to steep an Earl Grey for longer than 5, they tend to turn bitter with extended steeping due to the build up of tannins.
Earl Grey tea has been a favorite of mine since I was little, but I haven’t had much experience with Earl Grey Cream (EGC) so I ordered a variety from several different companies to try out. I hope to add one to my regular rotation of teas just to change things up a little, it is a nice change over the standard Earl Grey that I'm so fond of. I’m looking forward to the day where I can compare these side by side, but I’ll have to wait for now since I’m ready to head off traveling again soon. We're heading to Arkansas for a family vacation at the lake, so check back for soon for another Tuesday Tea Road Trip Edition.
My first sip of this was when it was still very hot and I was surprised by the lack of astringency that I normally notice when I drink an EG before it has cooled slightly. This was one creamy EGC, I tasted the vanilla straight off, but it completely takes over this blend. I really like the black base they used for this although it doesn’t stand out as much as I would have liked, this ends up being pretty mild and I like my EG a bit stronger. This may change if I go with a longer steep time, for my first cup I went on the lower end, starting at 2 minutes, to be safe.
My second steep lost a lot of the cream flavor that I enjoyed in my first cup. What was left behind was a rather weak EG that wasn't completely to my tastes. I did try a third steep, just to see what it would taste like, although I normally only resteep my teas once. My final step didn't have much flavor at all so I didn't finish it. In the future this will end up being a tea that I only steep once, which is a little disappointing, I like to get a little more mileage out of my tea.
One thing that I would like to try in the future is making this into a tea latte. I think that this would be the perfect EGC to use for that.
My Rating: 82/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely. So far this is my favorite Earl Grey Cream tea.