As my statistics class ended and I start anew with Managerial Economics, I find myself seeking a moment of reprieve. Mentally, I am exhausted, but must push on. With only five (5) classes left to finish my MBA – I am determined to stay focused. Which is increasingly difficult to do amidst the myriad of social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, etc. Therefore, I am resigned to find solace in a hot, soothing cup of tea. Today’s choice… Organic Earl Green.
Composition: Organic Darjeeling green tea and bergamot oil.
Dry Visual: Dark brown thinly twisted leaves with hints of dark and light green leaves – some stems are present. Thank you Mighty Leaf Tea for the photograph.
Dry Aroma: The pungent, lemony smell of bergamot dominates.
Flavor: First things first, I was quite surprised by this blend. I have never had the pleasure of enjoying a cup of Earl Green Tea before now. Perhaps this blend is not new to you, but I was quite intrigued. As with most Earl Grey’s and as the dry aroma would suggest, the taste of bergamot is the dominate flavor throughout the entire cup. A lover of bergamot, I found this to be extremely pleasing. What I found different, yet actually enjoyed was the distinct difference between Organic Earl Green and the traditional Earl Grey made with black tea – the more subtle tea taste. I found this blend to be free of the vegetal flavor commonly found in green tea AND free of the astringency typically found in black tea. I have discovered, it seems, the best of both worlds.
There was no need for the addition of a sweetener and thus none was added. However, Organic Earl Green is robust and definitely could stand its ground against any sweetener you may desire to add. The flavor was consistent from start to finish.
Liquor: An amber hue.
Brewing Time: The recommended steeping time for Organic Earl Green is 2 – 3 minutes in boiling water. I steeped for 3 minutes as recommended for the first infusion, however, I prefer water temperature at pre-boil. The second infusion I steeped for 4 minutes. One world of caution, stay true to the steeping instructions – steeping for too long does not produce a good cup of tea. I speak from experience.
Manufacturer: Mighty Leaf Tea
If you have had an opportunity to try Organic Earl Green, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!