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Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey Black Tea from Justea


KathryneKenyanEarl GreyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Justea

Tea Description:

Our Kathryne Earl Grey tea is whole leaf Kenyan black tea leaves cold-pressed with organic Mediterranean bergamot oil.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Justea’s fundraising effort to support Kenyan farmers here.

Taster’s Review:

I was very excited to try this Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey Black Tea from Justea.  I know you’ve heard me say it before:  I love Earl Grey … and I’m always excited to try variations on the traditional blend … even with the variation has to do with the black tea base.  In this case, a rich black tea from Kenya is flavored with my beloved bergamot.

The dry leaf aroma is superb.  STRONG bergamot … and that’s just the way I like it!  Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

My very first impression was that with this Earl Grey … I am noticing more of the bitterness from the bergamot.  That’s not a bad thing (although generally when people say “bitter” people think of it as a bad thing), because bergamot is a bitter tasting fruit.  After the first couple of sips, the bitterness subsides and I notice the tangy citrus notes.

The black tea base is smooth and well-rounded, and I like the way it works with the bergamot.  This is the first time (at least to my recollection) that I’ve tried an Earl Grey made with a Kenyan black tea … and I’m very impressed with what I’m tasting … this is definitely one of the finest Earl Grey offerings that I’ve tried.

The bergamot is one of the best bergamot representations that I’ve tasted in any Earl Grey tea … I like that I tasted the bitterness.  I like that I now taste the tart citrus.  I like that there are underlying notes of juicy sweetness from the fruit.  I like that I don’t taste anything remotely similar to perfume here.  I like the way the black tea and the fruit are balanced.  THIS is the way Earl Grey should taste!

Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey tea is a stellar Earl Grey … I’d recommend this to all those who are Earl Grey enthusiasts!  This one should be on your “I’ve GOTTA try that” list!

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