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30 March 2008 @ 09:19 pm
Tea Enabling  
Revolution Green Earl Grey - You know what?  I'm trying... hard... to think of a reason for this tea to exist, and I can't think of one.  I can't help but wonder what they were thinking.  "Earl Grey isn't bitter enough on its own... how can we fix that?"  Or maybe it's some kind of cruel psychological experiment designed to punish people who prefer cream in their Earl Grey.  (Green tea can be drunk with cream, but it's not best that way.)  The bitterness of green mixed with the bitterness of Grey just makes... a very interesting bitter tea.  The aftertaste isn't anything to write home about, either.

It's more likely that someone wanted to take Earl Grey and make it healthier.  So if you just absolutely have to have your Earl Grey flavoring, but are under doctor's orders to drink seventeen cups of green tea daily, this is the tea for you.  Me?  I can't get into it.

Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach - Revolution has this flavor, too.  Republic calls this their best-selling flavor, and with good reason.  You would think that ginger's bite would mix with peach's tartness to make a complicated, difficult flavor, but you would be wrong... ginger and peach together is so much genius that I'm shocked to have never been offered ginger peach tarts, cake, or candy before (and you better believe I'm contemplating peach ginger pie as I type this).  This tea doesn't make you work; it's just plain good.  I prefer it without cream, and I bet it would make an excellent iced tea as well.

My teas that I want to drink every single day are still Earl Grey Lavender and Blackberry Sage.

And now for something special:

Rishi Tea's White Tea Rose Mélange - notemily recommended this tea to me, and I have to say, while I wasn't real thrilled with the cost (you want hoity?  they have hoity for ya), it's a treat.  I love rose-flavored tea anyway, but this tea adds lavender and peppermint to a base of white and jasmine teas.  This may have nothing to do with the enjoyment of tea for the average human, but it's beautiful stuff:  it's nearly half rose petals, in pale violet and gold.  The taste is not as heavy as a black rose petal tea... it's more refined, and the mint adds a nice cool lift.  I'm not sure how to feel about the mixture of lavender and white tea here, which adds an herbiness to the taste.  I'd almost rather they left the lavender out.  But this is definitely a delicious premium tea, and you can taste the quality... it's enjoyable the same way a really good wine is enjoyable.  I want to save it for special occasions or guests.  It's best with just a bit of honey.  Cream makes it taste strangely buttery.

Rishi's website is a danger zone, I must say.  :)  But that's okay... just one of their sample bags will probably last me months.
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Ugloruglor on March 30th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Next time you come to Atlanta, hit Trader Joes. They have some amazing house brand teas. I'm hopelessly addicted to their Pomegranate White Tea.
jessxantha on March 30th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I think there's something wonky with bergamot and green tea. It just never tastes right. N is an earl grey connoisseur (how's that for Russian stereotype?) and I like earl grey flavor but black teas hurt my stomach, so I tried a few different green earl grey teas and they all just taste... off.

I want to try this Rishi Tea's White Tea Rose Mélange now though!

[edit because "earl tea connoisseur" <> "earl grey connoisseur"]

Edited at 2008-03-31 02:50 am (UTC)
Wiseacreewin on March 30th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
That's such a shame! :( I still remember how heartbroken I was once I realized coffee wouldn't let me drink it but once or twice a week (at most). I think I would cry a lot if I had to give up black tea.

And I would have to find a job that let me come in at 10am.
jessxantha on March 30th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
that is the weird thing: I can drink coffee (though not multiple cups) without stomach issues as long as I cut it with a bit of milk (not cream, that's a whole different set of issues) but not black tea. Even if I cut the black tea with milk I can't do it. Green, white, herbal? No problem. Someday I will understand why I have issues with some things and not others!
luckypooka: duckiesluckypooka on March 31st, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I am intrigued, and now am compelled to do a very dangerous thing... go look at an expensive tea-selling place (website in this case) with no chaperone!
Wish my wallet luck!

PS thank you for the lovely tea assessments! I appreciate a good suggestion on teas I haven't tried before.