Review: KTeas Captain’s Blend Earl Grey

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Thumbs up!"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. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Geoff gave it 8/10, Shaiha gave it 6.2/10, Sophie gave it 7/10, Laura gave it 5.75/10
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kteaslogoYou will notice right away that there is something a little different in K Tea's take on perhaps the world's most famous Earl - Earl Grey, that is. The leaf in its dry form is not just black in color, but full of green and olive leaf as well, and that is because the tea uses a first flush darjeeling as its base. The bergamot is also interesting. The scent is spicy first and foremost, with citrusy notes. Somehow, the scent is spicier and more "masculine" than many Earl Greys I've enjoyed. There's something subtle but very full about the spiciness of the bergamot, and perhaps the lack of a super bold and forward citrus like scent lends strength to this sense.

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!

— To purchase KTeas Captain’s Blend Earl Grey, 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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