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drank White Earl Grey by Dazbog
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I don’t have any real experience with white tea except a sip here and there.
I guess I had certain expectations that this tea did not meet.
The aroma in the tin was strongly bergamot and was quite pleasant. But the tea it’s self was disappointing to look at. Broken leafy bits and stems. The tea looked like matte or guyausa or fodder from the lawnmower bag.
Still I did try it. The flavor was bland in tea and lacking bergamot scent or flavor.
I will try this again but I was not impressed with the fiorst tasting.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The tea comes as long, deep green needles with areas of blue-green. The smell of the dry leaves is overpowered by a “tropical fruit” aroma. I can’t put my finger on it: mango, raisins, fruit-stripe gum? I put my nose right in the top of the open tin to get any green tea smell.

I steeped my first cup at 175F for 3 min. With the strong “tropical fruit” aroma of the leaves in the tin, I am ready for a bland green tea taste overpowered by overly sweet “tropical fruit” flavor. I am wrong. The aroma over the brewing cup smelled of pineapple over green tea. When sipping, this one had a fruity aroma over the cup, and a green tea taste with the fruit coming in second and a sweet aftertaste. The green tea taste gives me mostly seaweed, with faint bitter and very faint astringency. The color is golden-green.

I steeped a second batch of leaves at 165F for 5 min. The green tea is now greener in color, and the taste profile starts out with bitter from the tea, then a light fruit aftertaste. I smelled a nutty aroma in the leaves but it doesn’t appear in the brewed tea. There is no seaweed present. It leaves my mouth with a faint astringency. These flavors all seem well balanced steeped at this temperature.

I don’t know what “tropical flavors” listed on the ingredients means, and this is a little off-putting to me. It doesn’t taste specifically like pineapple or mango, but I will finish the tin and would consider buying this again. It is a nice one to have handy that seems to steep well at the temperature of the office’s coffee maker hot water spout. The 165F is the one I liked better, so I will rate based on the cup made at this temperature.

165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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