|"A strong, rich black tea with plenty of bergamot, sure to please die-hard Earl Grey fans."|
The Cultured Cup recommends 1.5 teaspoons of tea, steeped for three minutes. Following these directions produced a rich, dark cup of tea with the strong bergamot aroma still present. The leaves unfolded very nicely as the steeped. This cup of tea had a very high quality appearance and aroma, making me look forward to drinking it. I've only tried a handful of Earl Grays, but I've noticed that the smell of bergamot is no guarantee that it will be present in the taste. In this case, the bergamot was present, and stronger than any of the other Earl Grays I've tried. It continued to linger in the aftertaste, minimizing the astringent taste usually found in black tea.
I am still not a huge fan of Earl Gray and I don't expect to make this one of my regulars. However, I can certainly appreciate high quality tea, and Mariage FrÃƒÂ¨res Earl Gray Imperial is exactly that. It probably deserves a higher rating than what I am giving it. For those who love Earl Gray, this one is ideal; a strong, rich black tea with plenty of bergamot.
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