Review: Teayama Oriental Beauty Earl Grey

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Its OK"This is a rather masculine version of the blend, providing a stout body and a rugged, earthy cup. It will please those who like a hefty dose of bergamot but not those who are looking for the tea base's usual honeyed quality."
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teayamaorientalbeautyContaining Taiwanese Oriental Beauty Oolong leaves and jasmine flowers infused with bergamot flavour, this is definitely one of the more exotic takes on the classic blend. This type of leaf features a tannic yet fruity profile, with a long-lasting honeyed aftertaste. I can’t quite wrap my brain around how it might taste with the addition of bergamot oil. According to Teayama’s site, I should expect “citrus, dried fruit and woody licorice”. Looking at my sample, the leaves come in variety of colours, shapes and sizes. I can’t spot any jasmine petals but the bergamot is very much present as I take a sniff.

In the absence of brewing directions, I steep a heaping teaspoonful in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The burnt orange cup has a predictably pungent bergamot aroma. Taking a sip, the results are earthy and licorice-like, almost like a puerh. As the tea cools this heavy, humus-like quality recedes to reveal more straightforward citrus and malt notes. Sadly, I can’t really distinguish the tea base’s usual honeyed profile.

I try steeping the leaves again for 4 minutes. The blend is more floral this time around, with a sweeter, lighter feel. While I do enjoy a strong Earl Grey, I found the balance of this second cup more pleasant overall.

I brew the leaves one last time for 5 minutes. The cup is quite dry in feel, with still a good amount of bergamot flavour rounding out the finish. The tea base’s contribution is quite thin at this point though, so I decide to call it a day.

This is a rather masculine version of the blend, providing a stout body and a rugged, earthy cup. My biggest complaint is that the bergamot taste completely masks the tea base’s usual honeyed quality. This blend is not the best use of such a delicate leaf. On This is a rather masculine version of the blend, providing a stout body and a rugged, earthy cup. plus side, it’s very reasonably priced and this strong flavoured blend will please those who like a hefty dose of bergamot.

— To purchase Teayama Oriental Beauty 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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