Review: JING Earl Grey Supreme Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The most basic and classic of teas, boiled down to its essence, and replacing typically subpar ingredients with atypical quality. This is JING's strongpoint, and frankly they should adopt it (or some better paraphrasing as such) as their official motto."
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jingearlgrey1Back when I was a li'l pup, Earl Grey tea was just about all I would drink. I was nutzo for it and drank it daily. However, this was the mass-produced variety, that comes in gnarly teabags, and is oversaturated with bergamot to mask the insufficiencies of the tea dust that acts as the base. That said, I still loved the stuff at the time, but as time went on, and as I began discovering more tea and moving on to different directions in tea, I grew sick and tired of Earl Grey. Even to this day, I can only stand to have it once in a while - even the good stuff - as I must have surpassed some "lifetime supply" barometer back in early college years. Now that I've moved on to finer and fancier tea drinking, the so-called upper-echelon of Earl Grey teas have crossed my path, and indeed I have enjoyed quite a few of them. As it's been some months since my last cup, I began looking forward to trying yet another, from one of my current favored vendors, JING.

JING makes no bones about it in their description of this tea - they fully admit to the common tea-making practice of most vendors utilizing the absolute lowest-quality tea in Earl Grey, since it can easily be masked with the ever-potent oil of bergamot. However, and as one would expect from the fine folks at JING, this tea utilizes nothing but the finest Ceylon leaves. So that is bonus #1. Bonus #2 is that they are perhaps the best company at balancing flavors. The bergamot flavoring here is neither intensely overpowering (which is common in probably 90-95% of Earl Grey Tea), nor is it too light. The quotient of this final product allows the full-bodied Ceylon flavor to come shining through, while presenting a beautiful bergamot flavor right along side. Bonus #3 is the addition of the lovely blue cornflowers in the blend - this is becoming increasingly popular in Earl Grey blends, and it's a nice touch.

The aroma of the dried blend is immediately striking - a powerful citrusy bergamot scent as expected, but an after-scent that is sweet and candy-like as opposed to perfumey. 1 tsp per cup with freshly-boiled water, infused for 3 minutes, just seems like the traditional recipe for a quality cup that you don't really want or need to mess with. A deep, rich and dark copper cup results. The aroma in the cup foreshadows the sips forthcoming: the bold character of the Ceylon is very present on the nose, yet the citrus scent of the bergamot is of-course very tangible as well.

JING has never failed to surprise and delight. The most basic and classic of teas, boiled down to its essence, and replacing typically subpar ingredients with atypical quality. This is JING's strongpoint, and frankly they should adopt it (or some better paraphrasing as such) as their official motto.

— To purchase JING Earl Grey Supreme Black Tea, 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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