|"A delicate and unique Earl Grey... the bergamot isn't very strong, but what's there is paired nicely with a vanilla/creme flavor."|
SpecialTeas describes this blend thusly:
"Flavored with the same oil of bergamot as our classic Earl Grey (No. 820) but with a hint of vanilla and cream. A smooth and aromatic blend with a wonderful creamy-fruity flavor that appeals to a wide range of tastes. Even if you are not an Earl Grey fan, we recommend you try this tea."
Well, it was interesting. In my experience, most Earls Grey tend to be either dominated by the smoky flavor of the tea base, or the citrusy/flowery flavor of the bergamot oil. Earl Grey Royal was unique in that it was a complimentary and bold mix of both. Earl Grey de la Creme, meanwhile, is at almost the exact opposite end of the spectrum. While you can clearly smell the delicious aroma of both bergamot and vanilla in the leaves and even directly from the brew, on the tongue these flavors are extremely faint and mild. The vanilla picks up a little in the aftertaste, but the bergamot remains tucked away for the most part. You can barely pluck it out of the background if you really concentrate on it.
With all that said, I have to say I really did enjoy this tea. I usually prefer Earls Grey that are much more heavily flavored with bergamot, so my initial reaction wasn't very positive. But as I took a few more sips and really savored the tea, I found that this oh-so-delicate blend was actually quite nicely balanced. I was genuinely a bit sad on the final sip - always a tell-tale sign of a darned good tea.
I'll definitely be resampling this blend again in the near future. SpecialTeas recommends it with sweetener and a bit of milk - neither of which I added - so I may give that a try on the second go-round.
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