Review: TeaFrog Earl Grey Special

Bergamot Tea, Black Tea, Ceylon Tea, Cornflower Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Jasmine Tea, Lemon Tea, Lemongrass Tea, TeaFrog Add comments
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Its OK"...if your taste is for more subtle flavors, give this a try. If you enjoy fruit-enhanced black teas but prefer them on the less assertive side, you'll probably like this one."
Patty’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 7.50/10, Kari gave it 5/10
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teafrgearlgreyThis is a pretty tea, a tea that I really wanted to excite me. The blend of black tea leaves and flowers is showy, and it is complemented by the chunks of lemon peel and lemongrass. And it smells beautiful. I found the tea and the bergamot, the lemongrass and lemon peel, the jasmine; they all jumped out at me in the dry aroma. I found myself wondering if I should save some for rinsing my hair.

I gave it the recommended 4 minutes (the label said 3-4) at 212F, filtered water. The brewed combination expanded into an attractive combination of dark brown leaves, with a few bright flowers and expanded pieces of lemongrass and lemon peel. The smell of the brewed leaves wasn't as strong as the dry, with more of a general candy-sweet smell along with a hint of the tea and bergamot.

The tea, while pleasant enough, just didn't have enough of anything to hold my interest. Ceylon isn't my favorite black tea, and in this case it seemed rather bland. The fruit and flower flavors seemed barely distinguishable and the tea a bit flat and tannic. I sweetened it with some sugar, but it didn't make much difference. I couldn't find the bergamot, which (to my mind) should have been the predominant note, with the other flavors along as supporting characters. I think that a Nilgiri or even a less malty Assam might have been a better choice for the base tea. Even a summer flush Darjeeling might have worked better.

You have to remember that I am evaluating this tea in light of my own tastes, which is the only thing I really can do reliably. I am a tea drinker who prefers bold flavors; that must be figured into this review. Tea fans with a taste for more mild teas might enjoy this tea more than I did. I'm not a big fan of Ceylons, so someone who does favor them might like this more than I did.

I can't fault the intention or the quality of the blend. I certainly consider Teafrog to be among the more interesting tea vendors, with products that deserve to be purchased and enjoyed. I consider this an interesting experiment, but it doesn't fit the profile I have in my head of Earl Grey.

But, if your taste is for more subtle flavors, give this a try. If you enjoy fruit-enhanced black teas but prefer them on the less assertive side, you'll probably like this one. And, if you like less assertive Earl Greys, and enjoy experimenting with twists on the usual, this may be your cup of tea.

— To purchase TeaFrog Earl Grey Special, 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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