The “fancy” title for this tea was earned – according to the tea notes – for its whole leaf black tea base. Meaning, if an orange pekoe was used, it was likely an FOP as opposed to a BOP. The difference in flavor might not be noticeably detectable to some, but it might be noticeable in color. Whole leaf teas tend to have a lighter infusion.

The infusion on this was definitely lighter, but the flavor was exceptionally bitter and dry when paired with boiled water. Two traits I can’t deal with in a black tea. Once I lowered the temp to 190F, it yielded a more positive Earl experience. However, still not the best I’ve tried.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/11/review-red-leaf-tea-earl-grey-xtra-fancy/

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