Southern Boy Teas Earl Grey Black Iced Tea from 52Teas

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Premium Organic black tea with organic flavors. Each 14g teabag will make one 2-quart pitcher of DELICIOUS iced tea. Re-steep the teabag and you can get a full gallon out of each one.

Ingredients:  Premium Organic Black Teas, Organic Flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Question:  does it make me a nerd if I found the picture for this Southern Boy Teas Earl Grey Black Iced Tea from 52Teas funny?

I still chuckle every time I look at it!

I only wish that I could be as happy about this tea.  Unfortunately, this is one of my least favorite of the SBT (Southern Boy Teas) iced tea offerings from 52Teas.  I don’t know what it is about the bergamot flavoring that 52Teas uses, but, it always seems to come off a bit like a fruity/citrus-y bubble gum taste rather than the bergamot that I adore.

When I say “fruity/citrus-y” … what I mean is … that there is a sweet, fruity element in addition to the citrus fruit flavor.  And together, it tastes more sweet than tangy … and it just tastes a bit off to me.

I’ve managed to brew a full gallon of tea from this one tea pouch.  I brewed the first half gallon cold brew style, filling my half-gallon glass pitcher full of freshly drawn, filtered water and adding the tea pouch, and allowing it to sit in the fridge overnight.  The next evening, I hot brewed it in a quart of boiling water for five minutes, and then another quart of boiling water for six minutes.

Brewed this way, I found that the second half gallon (2 quarts) was far more to my liking than the first, because the bubble-gum-y fruity taste has mellowed a little bit in the second infusion.  It’s still a bit “off” as far as that classic Earl Grey flavor that I’m looking for, but, I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the first half gallon.

And I still enjoyed the first half gallon – don’t get me wrong.  I just … prefer other companies Earl Grey offerings more than 52Teas Earl Grey blends.  52Teas does many flavors well – the first flavor that comes to mind is buttery flavors, and the second flavor that comes to mind is that sort of effervescent bubbly soda flavor that they use for their soda blends – but Earl Grey/bergamot flavors are not top on that list.  This is alright … but given some of the delicious iced tea offerings that I’ve tasted from Southern Boy Teas, this Earl Grey Iced Tea just doesn’t stack up.

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