|" If ever a tea could taste cheerful and optimistic, this one does."|
This offering is a very dark black leafed tea, darker than any Darjeeling I've ever encountered. Leaves range from charcoal and dark chocolate tones (the bulk of the leaf) to dark reddish tan leaves here and there. The length of the leaves is medium and longer and there is a wonderful scent of mild citrusy bergamot emanating from the leaf. The familiar aroma is thick and heavy, not high and perfumey. There's a strong smell of good tea rolling right along this river of scent and this is something I appreciate and start to look forward to sipping right away.
I use a simple teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of water just under a boil (probably 205 or so). I allow a three minute steep. Soft hints of sweet citrus spice emanate from the steeping tea. The infused leaf is light in color and tastes delicious. The Darjeeling pairing is bright and playful, making a deluxe backdrop for a very appealing, mellow orange citrus bergamot flavor that is permeating and full of flavor but not overly perfumed. The flavor is full and would even be a little sultry were it not for the playful Darjeeling. The Darjeeling base serves to lighten and brighten things, creating an overall effect that is invigorating and a marvelous pick me up. If ever a tea could taste cheerful and optimistic, this one does.
An excellent pairing! This one should delight Earl Grey lovers. For those that don't like a high toned, very perfumey Earl Grey, this one will sparkle. And I suspect for those that do, they'll love the way the light buoyancy of the Darjeeling keeps this Earl Grey from having a heavy bergamot quality. All in all, this is one of the best Earl Grey's I've had in a long time.
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