Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Where Ahmed Teas are available
A subtle blend of oriental teas scented with the elegant fragrance of bergamot. A favourite English beverage usually served without milk.
The aroma of the dry leaf is a very powerful bergamot scent, but upon brewing the fragrance softens considerably.
The actual flavor is much smoother than I had anticipated, generally when the tea has such a strong scent, the brewed tea tends to be strong (and sometimes too strong to the point of being perfume-y) but that isn’t a worry here. The bergamot here leans stronger toward the citrus-y notes of a bergamot orange than the floral-esque notes of the bergamot.
The black tea base is quite mild and this lends itself to the overall smooth flavor of the cup. There is some astringency which is clean and dry, but not overwhelmingly so.
This would make a nice late morning or early afternoon tea. This is not my favorite Earl Grey tea, but, it makes a decent cuppa, and it would be a good one for those of you who find most Earl Grey teas to be too strongly flavored with bergamot, because the flavoring here is much more mellow. Not bad, not bad at all.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!