Wild Grey Green Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Product Description:

Earl Grey is the most popular flavored tea. This classic has been known for ages as a black tea, and green tea lovers have long waited for the Sencha variation. But now, your waiting has come to an end. We introduced this blend very successfully some years ago. Our exquisite Sencha base was flavored with high-quality bergamot flavor and richly decorated with lemon peel and orange blossoms. Earl Grey friends can now finally discover green tea – and vice versa.

Taster’s Review:

As many of you are well aware, I love Earl Grey black tea.  However, I’m not always so keen on Earl Grey green teas.  Sometimes, I find that the bergamot and green tea just don’t jive, but, occasionally, I’ll find one that gets it right.  Well, ESP Emporium got it right!

I suspect that it is the addition of the lemon peel and the orange blossoms that make the difference here, as well as the lightened flavor of the bergamot.  ESP Emporium didn’t go heavy on the bergamot with this blend.  It is light and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus flavor.  The taste is clean and delicate enough to let the sweet, fresh taste of the Sencha tea to come through.

The Sencha tastes refreshing, with nutty notes and a hint of butter.  There is a faint astringency that doesn’t completely dry the palate, but, cleans it enough so that the buttery sensation doesn’t linger and allow the tongue to become sodden with a buttery taste that muddles the other flavors of the tea.

I really like this Earl Grey variation.  It is a delicious twist on a familiar taste for me.   It is a tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced, and if you like a little sweetener in your Earl Grey this one would take well to that addition (but be light-handed with it, or you may overwhelm the cup), but I don’t recommend adding milk to it.  This tea is far too delicate for such an addition.

I would recommend this to all Earl Grey fans out there!  It’s a winner!

Flower of Asia Oolong Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

On the one hand, this exclusive, flavored Oolong tea will strike you with the soft, spicy cup of the well-known Chinese Oolong tea and, on the other hand ,with the intense flowery soft note of the Lotus Oolong. This scented creation is rounded off pleasantly with the fresh flavors of ripe passion fruits and apples, and sweetly decorated with pink rosebuds and bright Roman chamomile.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of this tea is very alluring:  it’s like a tropical fruit salad with strong notes of mango and passion fruit, and there are delicate rose notes in the background.

These essences translate into the flavor as well.  I am primarily tasting the mango flavor but I can also taste the flavor of peach nectar and even a hint of apple.  It is sweet and very juicy.

The tea flavors also come through.  The Oolong is a dark Oolong – which indicates a long oxidation time.  This is the perfect Oolong base for these fruit flavors, because I’ve found that the darker Oolongs tend to have a natural fruit-like flavor to them.  That fruit taste enhances the flavoring very nicely.

This tea also possesses a nutty quality and a light buttery tone.  The flowery notes are a little more present in the scent than in the flavor, but I can taste faint floral characteristics to this cup.  The union of all these flavors makes for a very ambrosial taste!  Delicious!

Pearl of Fruits from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black & Green

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

This fruity creation will impress you with its unusual spicy influences. Notes of exotic fruits, berries and creamy soft almond endow this black and green tea blend from China and Ceylon with an exotic, oriental taste experience, and orange peels and various blossoms reflect this in its appearance.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of those teas that I wasn’t too sure about before I tasted it.  It is a blend of black and green teas, and because this causes some concern when it comes to brewing the tea, I am always a little skeptical about these blends.  Since black tea is best brewed when the water is brought to a gentle boil, and green tea is best brewed when the water is hot but not boiling, it can be a little confusing as to how to best extract the flavor from the tea without ruining it.

In cases like this, I always go with the lower temperature.  This results in less flavor from the black tea, but, then again, with the lighter flavored green tea, this is probably a good thing.  So, I heated the water to the steaming point, when the tiny bubbles began forming at the base of the kettle but weren’t yet rising to the surface.  Then I steeped it for 4 minutes.  I felt safe that this would result in a tasty brew.

And I was correct!  This is very tasty, indeed.  The black tea is indeed lighter than a typical black tea would be when brewed with boiling water, but it works in this cup.  The combination of the two teas creates a very well-rounded taste – with a slightly woodsy note and a fresh note of vegetation.  I can even taste just a hint of smoke in the background, but it is ever so slight.

This creates a nice backdrop for the flavoring.  I taste a “fruit” taste that is somewhat like a tropical melangé.  Like the description above suggests, it does have a very exotic taste to it, and I love the whisper of the nutty flavor of almond, and although I don’t get much of the creamy taste that the description implies, I do like how well the nutty tones meld with the other flavors here.

There is also a delicate floral note that hits about mid-sip.  It is lightly sweet and gives a really interesting complexity to this refreshing cup of tea.  But it is the fruit flavors that are the most prominent here:  there is a distinct citrus-y tone to this tea, as well as an equally distinct berry tart taste that lingers in the finish.

Because of the overall lightness of this tea, it has very little to no astringency (I didn’t detect any, and my palate tends to be very sensitive in detecting astringency), and when brewed properly, it is not bitter.  Just delicious, fruity flavor!  Oh!  And this one is even better when chilled!  Yum!

Sweet Orange Maté from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

The popular fresh taste of fruity, sweet oranges goes well with the moderately strong, spicy, slightly smoky Mate tea. The strikingly decorated, delicious specialty is a high-grade offer for the rising demand for Mate tea. The well-balanced addition of pleasant licorice gives the necessary sweetness to this fresh and slightly tangy blend. Similarly to black tea, mate tea is stimulating with a short brewing time (5 minutes); this effect diminishes with longer brewing times (10 minutes).

Taster’s Review:

This is a perfect tea for Halloween!

But, first, I have a confession to make.  The first time I tried this tea (about a year or so ago), I didn’t like it.  Today I am trying it again for the first time and … I don’t know if it is because my palate is acquiring a taste for Yerba Maté, or if the blend has been changed a little bit since the last time I tasted it, but, as I sit here writing this, I am finding more to enjoy about this tea than I did with my previous sampling.  I guess it just goes to show that one should not judge something based on first impressions alone!  Things change, including our tastes!

Now, I’m not saying that this is my favorite tea.  But I am enjoying it right now.  And as I said, it reminds me of Halloween.  The licorice flavor is stronger here than I remember.  I like the sharp yet sweet flavor of the licorice that reveals itself mid-sip.  The sip begins with a smooth, earthy note from the Maté that is mellowed just slightly by the sweet, juicy orange.  This is followed immediately by the sharp note of licorice, and the finish is orange-y and licorice sweet.

I remember when tasting this tea previously, I found the maté to be quite harsh and too earthy for my palate.  Now, I am finding the maté flavor to be fresher and smoother in taste.

I consumed this tea hot with a drizzle of raw honey.  The honey highlighted some of the sweet orange notes as well as curbed the licorice sharpness just enough.  A very enjoyable cuppa!

Oolong Flower of Asia Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: ESP Emporium

Product Description: On the one hand, this exclusive, flavored Oolong tea will strike you with the soft, spicy cup of the well-known Chinese Oolong tea and, on the other hand ,with the intense flowery soft note of the Lotus Oolong. This scented creation is rounded off pleasantly with the fresh flavors of ripe passion fruits and apples, and sweetly decorated with pink rosebuds and bright Roman chamomile.

Tasters Review:

I just have to say…Oolong Flower of Asia Tea from ESP Emporium smells awesome! Just like a mixture of Mango, Apple, Lemon, Passionfruit, Flowers.

I can taste the Oolong, Flowers, and fruity flavoring. Everything mixes well together. I’m drinking hot right now but I can see this ICED in my future!!!

I have to say that I was a little nervous with the Chamomile and Rose mentions in the product description but I am SO glad I open my mind when it comes to tea because if I didn’t I wouldn’t have found this Deeee-lish Oolong!  This is truly wonderful!

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