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Earl Grey Assam Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

November5

Earl Grey AssamTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

The extremely popular and refreshing blend of citrus bergamot over a rich Assam black tea base. This Earl Grey provides a rich and smooth finish to a famous tradition. Best served hot with milk and sugar.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s customized subscription program here.

Taster’s Review:

I was really excited to receive this month’s package from Simple Loose Leaf!  I have been looking forward to trying their Earl Grey Assam Black Tea since I placed my subscription order.  I love Earl Grey, and usually Earl Grey teas are made with Ceylon leaves.  I’ve tried a couple of Earl Grey teas that were crafted with Assam tea, but, I am always interested to try others.

And I’m really enjoying this Earl Grey.

The bergamot aroma was strong and distinct when I opened the pouch.  The scent from the brewed liquid is a little softer than the fragrance I experienced from the dry leaf, but, it is still wonderfully aromatic.

And the flavor … sublime!  The bergamot is strong without tasting perfume-y.  It has a bright, energetic citrus note that is tangy and sharp.  Hints of floral tones sort of weave their way in and out throughout the sip.

The Assam tea is a substantial base – it tastes strong and sturdy!  There are notes of malt, but I’m finding this Assam to be more “wine-like” than malty.  And I like the way the wine notes complement the bergamot.  They marry very nicely in this cup.

Since the last time I reviewed a tea from Simple Loose Leaf, the company has implemented some changes.  Or perhaps, I should say that they’ve added some additional services on to the unique customized subscription program.  They now have a Tea Collection subscription service, where you can choose from six different tea collections, like Earl’s Collection, Fruit Lover’s Collection or Pure Green Collection.  And with these subscriptions, you simply choose which collection is most appealing to you, and they’ll send you a pre-selected monthly tea.

In addition, they have Tea Clubs that you can sign up for, and choose from a monthly payment plan or a pre-paid plan.  And they also offer tea samples and tea by the ounce now … these are two suggestions that I made in my previous review, and I’m glad to see that they have considered my advice!  (Yes, I’m taking credit for it!  ha!)

This is a very good Earl Grey tea – if you love Earl Grey like I do, this is one you should try!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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