Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Ovation Teas
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Blend of Assam and Ceylon loose leaf black teas with blueberries, orange peel, marigold petals, and cornflowers with blueberry and bergamot flavoring.
Wow! This is great!
I generally approach variations of Earl Grey with great enthusiasm. As most of you know, I love Earl Grey, and it’s always exciting to try a “twisted” classic. Unfortunately, not all variations have been a success with this Earl Grey enthusiast, but I am happy to say that this is definitely a successful change-up for Earl Grey.
The black tea base is a blend of Ceylon and Assam. It is a strong, lively tasting tea and it is a good, solid background for these flavors. Because of the Assam, I recommend not steeping this too long. I steeped for just 2 1/2 minutes and the flavor is perfect. However, the first time I tried this tea, I steeped it for 3 minutes and it was a little bitter. So, take care not to oversteep.
The blueberry is prominent in this blend. At first, it was difficult to taste the bergamot, but as the tea cools slightly the flavor of the bergamot begins to pop. The combination of the blueberry, orange and bergamot orange is deliciously fruity: sweet, tart and tangy. There is just a hint of floral sharpness to the bergamot.
This tea is absolutely delicious when served hot, but I think I actually like it better iced! This is probably one of the reasons that Ovation Teas has decided to include it in their “Summer Set of Teas!”
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