Review: Summit Tea Sweet Grey Brulee

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Its OK"Sadly, I could not taste any crème 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."
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summitsweetgrey.jpgI'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 crème 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 crème 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 crème 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.

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