|"Wow, I have to say that I hope this tastes the way it smells----and if it does I just might have found my new favorite Cream of Earl Grey. "|
Wow, I have to say that I hope this tastes the way it smells----and if it does I just might have found my new favorite Cream of Earl Grey. I have had the privilege of trying Cream of Earl Grey, or Earl Grey la Creme as it is often called, from numerous different sources with varying results. However, the dry leaf of this beats both of the other aromas of the two other versions that I have in my current stash (neither of which have I reviewed). The other versions include my current favorite and another one that I don't like as well because I find it a bit smoky, which is weird in a la creme.
The aroma of the dry leaf alludes to a cup that will not be heavy in bergamot. This really does smell kind of like a orange creamsicle black tea. I brought my water to a boil and allowed it to cool a bit before infusing the leaves for about 3-4 min. The aroma of the wet leaves was a bit less delicious than in the dry ones. This is more of what I would call a quiet Cream of Earl Grey. The black tea base is nice and not really bitter or astringent. The bergamot in this is really nicely done to my taste buds---pretty quiet and very citrusy. It doesn't even bring that bergamot tingle to my mouth, which I am sure will disappoint many earl grey lovers. The vanilla is also pretty quiet and most noticeable in the finish and aftertaste. I decided to add a little rock cane sugar to this to bring out the flavor profile a bit more and decided I liked this much better that way. The sugar really seemed to bring out the creamy vanilla flavor. However, this still remains a pretty mild, subdued version of the blend.
This reminds me of a Mariage Freres version of Cream of Earl Grey. I really like the black tea base used in this (maybe even better than in some of the Mariage blends) as this one is less astringent. That said, you do not have to try as hard to find the flavors in this as you do in some of the Mariage Freres blends, but the flavor profile is reeled in more than in many other versions of Earl Grey la Creme. I think this is an interesting version of the blend and probably a great choice for those that are new to Earl Grey and those of us who are kinda iffey (yes, I am making up my own words now) on Earl Grey and bergamot. I think that those that are lovers of Earl Grey would be disappointed in this blend. I personally found this cup nicely balanced between the citrus and vanilla and really enjoyed it. In fact, I drank my entire sample within 24 hours. When I do place an order from David's Tea, this will definitely be in that order.
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