Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Talbott Teas
Artful and nuanced, rich organically grown black tea leaves mingle with distinctive citrus notes of natural bergamot oil, native to southern Italy.
All natural organic premium ingredients: Organic black tea, oil of bergamot, blue cornflower, natural flavors.
If you’re familiar with me as a tea drinker at all by now, you must be aware of my love for Earl Grey teas. This one is a stellar variety of Earl Grey.
The black tea base is very smooth and does not disrupt the bergamot flavor – rather, it melds seamlessly with it, creating a unified flavor of tea and fruit.
That is to say – the flavor here is very smooth! Perhaps the smoothest I’ve tasted yet from an Earl Grey tea. There is very little astringency (almost NO astringency!) and absolutely no bitterness to this tea. It’s fantastic!
The bergamot is a citrus-y bergamot. Yes, yes, I know, bergamot is an orange, so therefore, to say it is a citrus-y bergamot seems a bit redundant. But, hear me out: many bergamot flavors possess a somewhat pungent, floral flavor that can range in taste from very delicate to sharp to downright perfume-y.
This bergamot flavor does have a floral note, but it is extaordinarily delicate. It is sweet. It does not overwhelm the palate nor does it make my tongue feel as though it’s been coated with perfume. It’s pleasant and delicious.
For those who find Earl Grey to be too pungent, this is the Earl Grey for you! It is uncommonly smooth and rich in flavor, a truly exceptional Earl Grey tea, this Soho Earl!
Taster’s Note: At the time I wrote this review, I couldn’t find this tea anywhere on the Talbott Teas website, but perhaps it will be added by the time it is published.
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!
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