Premium Earl Grey from Fusion Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Fusion Teas

Tea Description:

This soft, highly aromatic bergamot black tea is of the highest quality. The excellent basis of Ceylon and Yunnan is perfectly in tune with the flavoring. A light and pleasant smokey nuance accompanies the typical bergamot citrus flavor. Experience a top-class Earl Grey Tea

Ingredients: Ceylon and Yunnan Black Tea with Bergamot.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Earl Grey Awesomeness!

The combination of Ceylon and Yunnan teas brings a deliciously rich and robust base to this tea.  It is full-bodied with notes of spice and earth, a very nicely rounded tea.  And I love how the tea interacts with the bergamot.  The spice notes are very complementary to the tangy bergamot.

The bergamot flavor might be a little lighter than in some blends – it’s not IN YOUR FACE – but it is not what I’d call subtle either.  It is really quite well executed, providing the citrus tones without tasting soapy.

This tea does require a little extra care when it comes to brewing.  The first time I steeped it, I did so using the same parameters I would with most other black teas:  water brought to a boil, steeped for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch.  And while the resulting tea was alright, I just was not satisfied with it.  I tend to hold Earl Grey up to a certain standard, and my first infusion of this tea certainly did not live up to that standard.

The second time I infused the tea, I followed the steeping parameters on the package a little more closely, and brought the water to 200°F instead of a full boil, and steeped the tea for just 2 minutes instead of 2 1/2.  The difference in taste is remarkable, and elevated the tea from just alright … to ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!  If I didn’t make both pots of tea myself, I wouldn’t have believed that they were the same tea!

If you love Earl Grey, you should add this tea on to your “must try” list.  It’s really quite remarkable – rich, tangy, slightly sweet and delicious.  I don’t know exactly where this Earl Grey would rate in my top tier of Earl Grey teas, but it certainly deserves a place in the top ten, if not the top five!  Yes, it’s that good!

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