Review: Red Leaf Tea Citrus Earl Grey

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Thumbs up!" Along with the expected dryness, somewhat imparted by the rind-scenting, was a smooth beverage with a malty character."
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Sticking to a routine on one's day off is quite challenging. First, there's an urge to sleep in; an urge I succumb to every time. Second, the issue of keeping to a schedule emerges; I usually don't. Part of that routine - at least lately - has been to get a tea write-up out of the way first thing. My morning "cuppa" is the tea I review first thing. On days off...that doesn't happen 'til around noon. Not a usual time to be reviewing an Earl Grey, but a Citrus Earl Grey seemed...well...afternoon-y - which is why I didn't feel guilty about it with this Red Leaf Tea option.

The first thing that hit me when I whiffed the bag was the fragrance. It wasn't the usual dry, sour bergamot beatdown (which I like) but more akin to orange peel. Ingredients for this blend included the required black tea base, blue mallow blossoms, bergamot and citrus flavor. I didn't see any blue mallow, though, and wondered if that was a typo.

Brewing was pretty standard for an Earl; 1 tsp in 6oz of boiled water for three-to-five minutes. I never understood the 6oz bit. Most of my cup sizes are 8. No matter. I went a tablespoon instead for three minutes.

Even brewed on the lighter side of the instructions, this infused to a full-bodied copper. Steam from the cup let off a bit of its bergamot, but the other (sweeter) citrus flavor fragrance dominated. A trait that also carried over to the taste. Along with the expected dryness, somewhat imparted by the rind-scenting, was a smooth beverage with a malty character. The bodied black tea base actually had a chance to shine. I wish I knew what it was a blend of. If I were a sommelier on the subject, I'd say Keemun and Assam due to depth. Whatever the blend, it held its own against the dueling citruses. For all accounts, a morning Earl. Although, I had it in the afternoon.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Citrus 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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