Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Berry Earl Grey

Bergamot Tea, Berry Tea, Black Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Joys Teaspoon, Raspberry Tea, Strawberry Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Smooth and sweet, this is a fun twist to the old classic. The addition of berry flavouring brings this blend closer to a desert tea, especially if adding milk and sugar. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.4/10
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Containing Chinese black tea, natural bergamot flavouring, raspberry flavouring, as well as freeze-dried raspberry and strawberry pieces, this is an unorthodox take on the classic blend. The small, curly leaves are a dark espresso brown. A few pieces of fruit can be found here and there. The aroma is what really stands out here: pungent sweet berry notes mingle among zingy citrus tones.

I followed the instructions provided on the website, infusing a teaspoonful of leaves in 6 ounces of water heated to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. Again the aroma is rich and fruity, reminding me of raspberry flavoured deserts. The tea base makes for a deep mahogany brown liquor, full of malty and creamy tones. The cup is very smooth, with little astringency coming from the leaves. The berry flavouring works well with the bergamot. It is rather subdued in taste but adds just enough kick to make you take notice. The bergamot oil used is rather strong, verging towards more bitter, fern-like tones. This is definitely a blend for those who do not shy away from lots of bergamot.

These leaves yield a palatable second cup. After a 6 minute brew, it is a little rougher in feel but not bitter. The focus of this steep seems to be more on the berries than on the bergamot flavour, especially in the top notes. I prefer this steep, as everything seems just a bit more mellow than in my intensely flavoured initial cup.

Smooth and sweet, this is a fun twist to the old classic. The leaves are good quality and provide a pleasant backdrop for the fruit flavours. The addition of berry flavouring brings this blend closer to a desert tea, especially if adding milk and sugar. This blend also works well as an iced tea, the berry taste providing lots of natural sweetness to the cup. I would recommend this blend to Earl Grey fans wanting a change of pace or to those looking for an interesting fruit blend.

— To purchase Joy’s Teaspoon Berry 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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