|"The flavor was so smooth. The taste of the tea was a perfect base. The bergamot was delicately added so it didn't overwhelm the other flavors. The vanilla was not as strong as in an Earl Grey Creme, but had a light background flavor. The taste of the rose petals was more in the scent than the taste, but all of these blend together so well!"|
But, if you, like me, can't get to Beverly Hills, their website is the next best thing! It's well organized so you can find what you are looking for, and you will be amazed at some of the teas they carry! These teas include rare matcha teas, whimsical rooibos blends, USDA Certified Organic teas and a large collection of Earl Grey blends.
As I write this review, I am sipping a cup of their Victoria tea. I have never in my life tasted such a lovely tea flavored with bergamot! I like Earl Grey, but as you may have read in some of my other reviews, until now, I preferred it with lavender or vanilla added. I also believe the base tea is very important and the flavoring should not overpower the tea itself!
Victoria tea is an organic black tea (I love it when I know a tea is organic), with bergamot, vanilla and rose petals. It's a very pretty tea with the rose petals and large dark tea leaves. Even more exciting was the smell! I didn't expect to even be able to discern the rose through the bergamot. Not only could I detect the rose, but the bergamot, did not overwhelm the scent of the tea! At this point I got very excited!
American Tea Room does a nice job making sure you know how to brew each tea. I always appreciate that! It's on the website, and it's also on the package. I brought the water just up to the boiling point and steeped the tea for 4 min as suggested. The smell as it steeped was warm, floral and exciting.
The flavor was so smooth. The taste of the tea was a perfect base. The bergamot was delicately added so it didn't overwhelm the other flavors. The vanilla was not as strong as in an Earl Grey Creme, but had a light background flavor. The taste of the rose petals was more in the scent than the taste, but all of these blend together so well!
I found that I actually preferred to steep it 5-6 min, but that is my personal taste for strong tea. Any longer than 6 and I think you would end up with bitter tea. This tea is wonderful black, but can also take milk and sweetener. In fact, a bit of sugar brought out the vanilla a bit more. Milk toned down the rose scent. (I loved the scent of rose filling the steam coming from my cup, so I prefer not to add much milk.)
This tea is worthy of my finest bone china teacups! Victoria is the perfect name for this tea as it is very royal, and makes me think of a royal garden party or the Chelsea Flower Show. I can't wait for my victorian roses to bloom. I will sit in my garden, enjoying this tea and feeling like royalty!
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