Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Sadly, I could not taste any crÃƒÂ¨me brulee flavor whatsoever, and the Earl Grey flavor was sub-par compared to other Ear Greys that I have had. Furthermore, this tea had a really bitter aftertaste, even after steeping for only three minutes."|
I've said it before, and I should say it again. I really don't consider myself an Earl Grey fan. It's not that I truly dislike this particular type of tea, it's more that I never really find myself with a strong urge to drink it. Still, I am always open to trying new varieties of Earl Grey in the hopes that some special blend will make me "see the light" about this ever-popular tea. Summit Tea's Sweet Grey Brulee is the tea that will be put to the test today. Summit Tea's website states "The rich taste of crÃƒÂ¨me brulee flavors Sweet Grey Brulee's Darjeeling tea base. A touch of bergamot adds the unmistakable hint of Grey". This sort of description got me pretty excited, as being a person with a sweet-tooth that knows no end, adding dessert-type flavors to anything is almost always a good thing. Thus, I figured that this would be an Earl Grey sure to please. With expectations high, I boiled some water and prepared to let the sweet times roll. The aroma of the dried leaves is quite pleasant, managing to offer the characteristic bergamot aroma, but a bit toned down thanks to a pleasant sweetness. One of the first things I noticed about this tea is that the tea leaves are lighter in color than what I am typically used to in Earl Grey teas. In this case, the dry leaves look just barely brown, and when steeped, the opened leaves are pale green-brown and produce a very light brown liquid, which again seemed very different from the typically darker Earl Greys I have had. The Summit website does not specify much about this tea other than saying it has Indian origins, but I am guessing this might be a first flush Darjeeling base. The sweetness is all but lost from the aroma in the brewed liquid however, although thankfully the bergamot maintains a muted presence. The taste of this tea is very different from what I had anticipated based on the sweet smell of the leaves. Sadly, I could not taste any crÃƒÂ¨me brulee flavor whatsoever, and the Earl Grey flavor was sub-par compared to other Ear Greys that I have had. Furthermore, this tea had a really bitter aftertaste, even after steeping for only three minutes. In all, I would not recommend this tea because the crÃƒÂ¨me brulee flavor, which should distinguish it from other Earl Grey blends, is lost in the brewed beverage, and when compared to other standard Earl Grey teas, the tea offers a bitter and flat bergamot flavor.
— To purchase Summit Tea Sweet Grey Brulee, 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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