Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A definite must-have for the avid Earl Gray fan... perhaps even for those who aren't particular fans of Earl Grey."|
Since all of my past Rishi tea experiences have been excellent, I expected nothing less with their organic Earl Grey Supreme. Of course, I should also mention that I do not in any way consider myself an Earl Gray fan. Typically I only drink it when someone else serves it to me; I never find myself drinking earl grey by choice. With that said, I figured that if anyone could make me like Earl Gray, it would be Rishi. If I could predict lottery numbers as accurately as tea reviews, I would be rich. Indeed, the tea exceeded my expectations and was not only drinkable (by my standards for Earl Grey), but actually really enjoyable. The tea is rich, thick, citrus-y, floral, malty and peppery all in one. The bergamot aroma of the brewed tea is subdued, not too pungent so as to be off-putting. The bergamot flavor is of course the most obvious flavor element of this tea, but it becomes obvious very quickly that there is also more to this tea than the bergamot's fruity and floral notes. The Assam and Yunnan teas that form the base of this tea are hearty and flavorful, with malty and peppery notes. In all, the tea is surprisingly complex in its flavor profile. I think that the reason this tea works so well for me is that first that the amount of bergamot flavor is perfectly balanced and secondly, the tea base is high quality. My typical past experiences with Earl Grey had led me to believe that the bergamot flavor should be so strong as to mask the tea base, and/or that the tea base used is of such low quality that it produces a bitter and stringent cup of tea. Clearly, this is not the case with Rishi's organice Earl Grey Supreme; I would love to sample the unflavored Assam and Yunnan teas that were used in this blend. It should be overly apparent that this tea just about converted me to a lover of Earl Grey (although admittedly a limited lover in that I really only love this particular blend). The flavor elements were so well-balanced that this tea was perfect on its own- no need to add sugar, honey, syrup, milk, cream, or any thing else. This tea is a definite must-have for the avid Earl Gray fan, and highly recommended for those that, like me, aren't typically big on Earl Greys. As with most Rishi teas, the price tag ($20 for 4 ounces) is a little bit steeper than teas offered by other vendors, but higher quality often comes at a higher cost and tea this good is well worth the splurge.
— To purchase Rishi Tea Earl Grey Supreme, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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