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|The Subject:||Earl Grey Citrus|
|Company:||The Boston Tea Company [More info]|
About the new rating designation.
|Flavorings work with tea?||Yes|
|Tea can be tasted?||Yes|
|Flavor blend balanced?||Yes|
|Water temperature:||212° F|
|Steeping time:||4-6 mins. (we did 5 mins.)|
|Additions:||Oil of Bergamot, Citrus, Cornflowers|
|Aroma, dry leaves:||Oil of Bergamot dominates|
|1st Infusion:||Used 2 cups of water|
|Aroma, plain —||Malty, faint citrus/cornflower|
|Taste, plain —||Mild, not bitter, citrus, herbal, tea flavor|
|Color, plain —||Reddish|
|Taste, enhanced —||Smooth, flavors still come thru|
|2nd Infusion:||Used 1 cup of water|
|Aroma, plain —||Faint citrus/cornflower|
|Taste, plain —||Milder, citrus, herbal, more Oil of Bergamot|
|Color, plain —||Lighter reddish|
Once upon a time, I drank Earl Grey almost exclusively. Then, my tastebuds did a big shift away from it. No particular reason. These days, the rich malty-caramelly taste of a good Assam or the fruity notes of an estate Darjeeling or even the subtle nuances of an Oolong like Dan Cong is what I usually reach for. This tea, while not one we would probably enjoy on a daily basis, could certainly be one to have with some frequency.
One thing that was a bit irksome was that the cornflowers were not listed on the front label of the package. When we opened the pouch, we saw them and checked the company’s Website to confirm what they were. Then, we searched online for more information on cornflowers being used in teas. It seems that they are frequently one of the blossoms added, including in Lady Grey from another tea company. Ok, we were comforted that we weren’t about to consume something weird and went ahead with the tasting.
Again, Boston Tea puts clear steeping directions on the package. Some tea vendors just put them on the Website, so you have to run to the PC to look them up before preparing the tea.
One drawback is the second infusion. While it was better than many others we’ve tried, it’s still a bit weak.
On a final note, with blends like this part of the trick is making sure you have a good mix of the various items in your teapot or other steeping vessel. Otherwise, you won’t get the full intended flavor.
NOTE: This pouch is what the Boston Tea Company uses for samples. Their normal pouches are opaque, not clear, and block out light, very important for preserving your fine teas.
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.