On the fourth day of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me…Earl Black!
Once again, I’m struck by the smell as I open the envelope. It’s gorgeous! I can smell fresh, juicy blackcurrants, a hint of citrus from the bergamot, and the floral sweetness of the Shou Mei white tea base. I’m a huge white tea fan, so my expectations are high. I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed, though.
Brewed, this tea takes on a slightly deeper, less sweet aroma than the dry leaves possess. The blackcurrants, which are abundantly present among the white tea base, seem to take more prominence and contribute more of their flavour.
To taste, this is much the same. The blackcurrants are the star, and add a slightly tart and tangy note to the delicate sweetness of the white tea. The bergamot is very slightly present in the aftertaste, but isn’t all that noticable.
This is a fabulous white tea…one of the best I’ve tasted in a while. I don’t think the bergamot is quite strong enough to merit the “earl” tag, but it’s nevertheless a very pleasant blackcurrant white. Another winner!