Review: American Tea Room Organic Victoria Tea

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Thumbs up!"The vanilla and the bergamot are a classic pairing, which comes together with the rose petals in a decadent, if not down right regal way. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.7/10
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This organic blend has been taunting me for ages: I love a good Earl Grey and I love vanilla teas. I just wasn't able to have much caffeine... until now. This is definitely a regal looking blend, with an abundant amount of large pink rose petals and vanilla bean pieces among the curly black tea leaves. It smells like a cupcake with a spicy finish, courtesy of the bergamot. Perhaps this tea pays tribute to Alice in Wonderland, with it's irate Queen, magical cakes and mad tea parties?

I brewed this tea according to the package directions, using a teaspoonful of leaves in water heated to 195 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. The resulting golden brown liquor is perfumed equally by the vanilla and the bergamot. Smooth and sweet, the vanilla blends nicely with the flavour of the rose petals. The bergamot is strong but not overpowering. Then again, I like lots of bergamot in my Earl Greys so buyer beware if you don't! The leaves contribute a smooth flavour with just a touch of astringency to the finish. These don't seem to get bitter how ever I brewed this blend. I wish the tea differentiated itself from the other components of the blend in a more obvious way, for instance by having a more malty dimension. I found I could draw more taste from the leaves by brewing 2 teaspoonfuls in 3 cups of water for 8 minutes. Being naturally sweet, this blend is also quite tasty iced.

After a 5 minute steep, a second cup is certainly drinkable but not memorable in any sense. The bergamot and vanilla are still at the fore of the flavour profile. The leaves contribute a thin, slightly sour flavour. Again, I find myself wishing this tea base had a little more oomph to it.

The vanilla and the bergamot are a classic pairing, which comes together with the rose petals in a decadent, if not down right regal way. I was worried that the roses would be cloying but they infuse the blend with a soft floral sweetness. Premium ingredients are used here rather than flavouring agents and the difference is clear to the taste. Although personally I found this offering could use some tweaking, it remains a pleasing, imaginative blend. It's a must for Earl Grey fans wanting to expand their horizons.

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