|"The balance between this Ceylon tea and the flavoring was excellent! "|
I've tried a lot of Earl Grey teas in my years as a tea reviewer. Some are good, some taste so strongly of bergamot I have no idea what the tea was like. A very few are really good. I've found it's pretty difficult to know how the Earl Grey is going to taste just by the look and smell of the tea.
This is a very pretty tea. The leaves are large and fairly dark and as is often found, sprinkled with blue cornflower petals. The tea smelled fresh and just like an earl grey - full of bergamot.
I drank this tea in single cupfuls, using a teaspoon of tea and 8 oz of water. After bringing fresh cold water just to boil, I steeped the tea 4-6 min. My favorite cup was steeped for 5 minutes.
The true test comes with the first sip. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this Earl Grey tea fell into the really good category! The teas was a nice golden brown and the bergamot was so perfectly balanced with the tea! There was no bitterness from the bergamot and the tea has a nice smooth taste on the tongue.
I read on JING Tea's website that most Earl Grey teas use a lower quality of tea. I can believe that because bergamot, the flavoring in Earl Grey, is a very strong sharp flavor and can easily overpower a tea. I can imagine that many companies just figure no one will know. But JING Tea uses a high quality Ceylon tea. And I could tell!
I was worried that a Ceylon might be the wrong tea to use because many of them are light bodied. But there's a reason I am a tea taster and not a tea creator. The balance between this Ceylon tea and the flavoring was excellent! They used a good full bodied Ceylon, and I found this to be a much gentler Earl Grey than most.
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