|"While it is hearty, robust, and bold, it still manages to be bright and not too heavy."|
The dry leaf of this blend smells amazing, and prepared at 195° for four minutes, the scent is no less spectacular. While it is hearty, robust, and bold, it still manages to be bright and not too heavy. I love the base tea, which is easily noticeable under the strong flavours. Both the rose and vanilla are hard to differentiate from all the flavours, but the tea manages to muster an added complexity from their presence. It has kick, yet it is mellow enough to be an ideal breakfast tea for those of us who need a jolt in the A.M. but also have unstable stomachs before lunch.
Steep 2 is 5 minutes and entirely copacetic. It's not fantastic, but it satisfies enough to be worth it. Overall, it's a solid tea, and it manages to stand out a little. Bergamot can so easily be harsh or acidic, but in this blend it is quite smooth and mellow. It's still recognisable, with all the positives and none of the negatives. It's another quality blend, though I feel it isn't so far above other Earl Grays that I find myself scrambling to get my hands on more. However, if I were a royal with deep pockets, this would be on the long list of teas I'd buy from American Tea Room.
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