Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaSpree
Ingredients: organic black tea, bergamot essential oil.
As some of you are probably well aware, I am very fond of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is perhaps my favorite tea flavoring … or at the very least, it is in my top three, together with jasmine and chocolate.
This is a very fine Earl Grey from TeaSpree. Having tried several teas from TeaSpree, that comes as no surprise to me, I have been quite impressed with their offerings!
The black tea is smooth and pleasant. Brisk, but not overly aggressive, this would make a charming afternoon pick-me-up. There is very little astringency to the tea – just a bit at the tail of the sip – but not so much that it leaves the tongue feeling overly dry. No bitterness, in fact, at the point in the sip where I occasionally experience a slight bitter note when sipping black tea, this tea comes off tasting slightly sweet. It’s a little different, but quite enjoyable, and it nicely accents the bergamot.
The bergamot is not overdone in this tea. It has a very agreeable level of strength without becoming overwhelming or tasting like it’s overcompensating. It doesn’t have that fake, chemical aftertaste to it – it just tastes like a sweet, tangy burst of citrus. Delicious!
While I prefer my Earl Grey without the addition of milk or cream, I know that some of you probably do like it. I think that this Earl Grey would take very nicely to such an addition. It is also quite nice straight up!
A high recommendation to all Earl Grey enthusiasts out there!
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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