|"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."|
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.
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