Monday, August 18, 2014

Earl Grey Black Tea From Tattle Tea

Earl Grey Black Tea From Tattle Tea
Reviewing tea is something new for me. Although I have sipped a great deal of tea over the last forty-five years, I am mainly a coffee drinker. My past tea favorites over the years have been bagged,  Earl Grey and Constant Comet.

Until receiving this Earl Grey Black Tea sample from Tattle Tea, I thought Earl Grey was just slightly different blend than Orange Spice. Well, that's how it tasted. After sampling this Earl Grey I now know they are miles apart in flavor nuances and I also know where the flavor really comes from, the Bergamot orange.

Starting with a warmed cup, I steeped 1-1/2 teaspoons for four minutes in 10 ounces of water just off the boil. While it steeped the aroma of oranges floated into the next room.  After the four minutes were up I had a cup of reddish-amber liquid (slightly darker than honey) that had a nice slightly spiced aroma of ripe orange.

The first sips were bright, a bit tart and flavored of orange with a hint of spice. There was lingering, mouthwatering, soft aftertaste of Mandarin oranges. As it cooled, the black tea became a bit more prominent in the flavor mix, but this sample was delicious.

Rated 9.5 of 10

I would like to thank Tattle Tea for providing this sample for review.