|"This is an earl grey for earl grey lovers and newbies like me may need to give it a chance and drink a couple of cups of it before forming a final opinion. I did just that and after a couple cups I decided that this is an awesome earl grey."|
You would not have told me two months ago that I would be requesting samples of Earl Grey tea blends and have me believe you. Earl Grey has not been a blend that I have called myself a fan of probably in large part because most of the earl grey I had tasted had come from a tea bag. However, after a couple of cups of it at local tea shop, I am expanding my horizons. The aroma coming from sample is of a very strong bergamot---so much so that it made me nervous due to my relative inexperience with earl grey blends.
The aroma coming from this is typical of a stronger earl grey and freaked me out a little bit. However, I quickly got passed that as sip by sip this blend brought my mouth (and me) to life. I had been having a debate whether to review one of my samples or take a nap when I took this out. However, this tea has a lot of zing to it and that makes it kinda addictive. I think the tea base is what does this for me. Most earl greys I have tasted have been very astringent and bitter (nasty). This is smooth, full bodied, malty, astringent and while some of those might be considered negative adjectives, it is all those things but in friendly way. When coupled with the bergamot it just kinda has a zip and zing that brings your mouth to life. The bergamot, which is such a distinctive taste, is pretty strong and may not be for everyone. However, it does not tread over the line into totally off-putting. A tiny bit of sugar does a nice job of bringing out the citrus flavor and I could imagine a little citrus dripped into it would be good? I would very surprised if this didn't produce a hearty second infusion though I did not try it at this time.
This is an earl grey for earl grey lovers and newbies like me may need to give it a chance and drink a couple of cups of it before forming a final opinion. I did just that and after a couple cups I decided that this is an awesome earl grey. It is a tiny bit heavy on the bergamot for me and if it were to be adjusted for personal tastes, I would back that down just a little. The tea base is outstanding and what makes this stand above others for me. I am stealing a word that I read on a blog that describes it to me: Brisk. If I wanted to impress someone with an outstanding earl grey, hands down I would make them a cup of this.
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