Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Earl Grey, Jasmine
Aroma, dry: Strong floral (rose, lilac) with hint of citrus
Aroma in the cup, plain: Strong floral (rose, lilac) with hint of citrus
Taste, plain: Strong floral (rose, lilac), no citrus, bit of an edge, slight bitterness
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Floral altered
Taste, enhanced: Floral altered
2nd Infusion: Since is bagged tea, did not try one
Normally, I avoid bagged teas as much as possible. However, the name of this tea was so intriguing, having visited Buckingham Palace (strictly outside the gates), that I had to try it. I have had a fantasy (since watching the changing of the guards) of attending a garden tea party at the Palace and wanted to see if this tea would take me there (in my mind, that is). I can cheerfully say, “Mission accomplished!”
To get a good infusion in the Little Yellow Teapot, I used two bags. The taste of the tea plain in the cup carried forth those floral notes along with a bit of an edge. I detected a slight bitterness, but hubby didn’t. The bitterness was mellowed for me by a little milk and sweetener (the stuff in the blue packets), but hubby thought the floral notes were heightened with these enhancements.
We deducted a half teapot for this being a bagged tea versus loose and a half teapot for the somewhat overwhelming floral taste and aroma. Hubby took off another half teapot for the floral lingering so long on the palate after finishing off a cupful. I added a half teapot just for the way it carried me off to that imaginary tea party with the Queen.