Review: Red Leaf Tea Honeybush Earl Grey

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Thumbs up!"The fragrant fight gave it an overall scent of tangerines, mint, and candied apples."
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Red Leaf Tea has the most extensive list of Earl Grey permutations of any tea company I've yet come across. I would say I've only tried about half, but I could be wrong on that. Now, I'm dipping into their herbal Earls (Earlbals? HerbEarls?). I already tried their Rooibos Earl Grey to relatively positive effect, it was time for the honeybush variant. The smell alone indicated I was in for something different. Put simply, it was like smelling a sliced orange dipped in honey. The bergamot tried its darnedest to mask the natural sweet and creamy honeybush base but inevitably failed.

Brewing called for 1 tsp for every 6oz of water, infused in boiled water for five-to-seven minutes. I felt like a slightly larger cup was needed to get a good feel for it, so I went with 8 ounces, 1 tbsn of herb per cup, and a middle-road six-minute steep.

I was surprised how darkly this brewed, a robust cherry color more in line with a bold Assam. For a second, this looked like a real Earl Grey until I sniffed the mouthpiece. The steam wafting from the top "wreaked" of a deathmatch between the natural honey aspects and the added rind flavoring. The fragrant fight gave it an overall scent of tangerines, mint, and candied apples. Taste-wise, it was a little more subdued in its presentation; a balance or truce between the two elements. In summary, a far superior faux-Earl to the similar rooibos substitute - an exquisitely British nightcap.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Honeybush 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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