|"This is an Earl Grey that will please those who really enjoy the taste of good black tea, and aren't just looking for a flavored tea. Jing's offering doesn't overpower the good taste of the tea itself with bergamot, and yet the tea is presently and fully Earl Grey as well."|
I heated water to a boil and steeped the bag for four minutes. The bag reminded me of a heavy water balloon as it steeped, filling and swelling with the expansion of the leaves in water. An aroma tending toward the sweet and orange-y is pleasant throughout the steeping. A four minute infusion (three is recommended) yields a highly aromatic, dark colored cup with a bright malty freshness and a nice bergamot keeping pace throughout and offering a cheery kick of the heels at the rear of the sip. Mmmm. This tea made me think it would be an absolutely ideal early afternoon pick me up...there's plenty of brace in it to make it a great breakfast choice as well. I can imagine it making a pleasant partner to a good piece of home baked raisin orange bread, toasted and hot.
This is a good tasting, fresh and lively Earl Grey. It's really packed properly for a bagged tea - there's plenty of space to swell the leaves and the bag is, as you'd expect, completely biodegradable (exterior packaging aside). This is an Earl Grey that will please those who really enjoy the taste of good black tea, and aren't just looking for a flavored tea. Jing's offering doesn't overpower the good taste of the tea itself with bergamot, and yet the tea is presently and fully Earl Grey as well. I think the taste of both the Earl in the tea and the tea with the Earl really impressed me the most about this tea. I loved the sturdy goodness of the tea itself and how I could really taste the tea's flavor with every sip, even while knowing I was enjoying an Earl Grey at the same time.
Jing notes that a high quality Ceylon makes up the base of this tea and they are right on in their advertising that the taste of the base tea makes a huge difference in this Earl Grey. It surely does and this tea will not disappoint black tea lovers. I found this tea very enjoyable without milk or sweetener for my first trial. The tea is strong and delicious. A second cup I sweetened and found very acceptable as well! Jing mentions two and three infusions per bag and I did find a second infusion enjoyable, though not as delicious as the first. The bergamot picks up more of the pace in the second infusion, with lightly spicy and citrusy tones being more forward and the black tea less assertive. I didn't make a third infusion either time but can certainly vouch for two.
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