Review: Drink the Leaf Earl Grey

Bergamot Tea, Black Tea, Drink the Leaf, Earl Grey Tea, Organic Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Depending on the type of Earl drinker you are, the middling bergamot presence might be deemed lackluster. I personally found it satisfying in its subtlety."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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Drink the Leaf drives the point home that this is as organic as an Earl Grey can get. The jet black leaves (no source specified) were organically sourced, and the bergamot flavoring was organically processed. And from the sight and smell, they appeared to be quality ingredients. The leaves were long - indicating fullness - with a sparse gold-tipped presence. Couldn't really make out a scent for the leaves themselves; bergamot covered the aromatic department completely.

Brewing instructions were unfortunately missing on the Drink the Leaf site. The only answer was to go with my usually light-brew black tea default; 1 tsp in 8oz of 205F water, steeped for three minutes. It was always a safe bet.

The liquor brewed to something between amber and cherry-colored with a strangely balanced steam scent. The black tea base's natural floral and malty notes played well with the bergamot flavoring, which was understated but not lacking. On the tongue, the experience was the same - very balanced - and I only detected a light astringency on the front. No bitterness, however.

Depending on the type of Earl drinker you are, the middling bergamot presence might be deemed lackluster. I personally found it satisfying in its subtlety; it is supposed to be bergamot-scenting after all, not bergamot dominion. Contrary to the Drink the Leaf description, though, I wouldn't milk it - very light cuppa, unless you do it for an extra minute or two and risk bitterness. It's a darn near perfect cloudy morning tea.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf 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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