|"It makes a delightful afternoon cup - a little bit citrusy, contemplatively and perfectly spicy and even a little thought provoking as you enjoy the overall taste and nice pairing of bergamot and Darjeeling. "|
I used a slightly heaped tablespoon of tea to 24 ounces of boiling water. I allowed a four minute steep, which is different from my punctual three minute steep for darjeeling. Because this was an Earl Grey, I felt safe with a compromise, since I generally steep Earl Grey about four minutes to bring out plenty of the bergamot. The tea has a light copper color, as one would expect from a Darjeeling, and a sweet and spicy, mellow scent, very full and quite fragrant with most of the tones being spicy and resonant in nature. The tea is of a medium sort of body, and makes an ideal afternoon sip. A nice, lingering bergamot aftertaste is coupled rewardingly with a lightly astringent, clean finish. The citrusy tones you would expect in an Earl Grey are most marked in the finish.
Something I particularly enjoyed about this Earl Grey is that it seems so well suited to an afternoon cup of tea. The Darjeeling base is mild and has a lightness about it that wakes you up a bit but doesn't jolt you into a high awareness that isn't necessarily what you're looking for just an hour or so before dinner. It makes a delightful afternoon cup - a little bit citrusy, contemplatively and perfectly spicy and even a little thought provoking as you enjoy the overall taste and nice pairing of bergamot and Darjeeling.
A second infusion of this tea is well worth the time. I actually forgot the tea for a few extra minutes (this ended up being close to an eight minute steep....) and while I was a little wary, I needn't have been. The second infusion, even a really long one, was not bitter at all and the citrus notes really picked up in a nice way. There was still a touch of dryness at the close, which made for a nice finish. The second infusion is brighter and citrus-ier than the first - both are quite enjoyable!
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