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Earl Grey Bravo, nice to taste it again. I had a cup of this the day before yesterday at a friend’s house. I haven’t had it in a very long time. Maybe around a year or two.
Anyway, it was just how I remembered it. Strong bergamot, lemony zest, and a decent amount of caffeine. The black tea itself could be a little stronger. It reminds me that I should try more Earl greys. Also, I’m inspired to make some of my own one day. I’m already growing my own tea… I could grow the bergamot easily, too.
I’ve taken to brewing this tea in Gong Fu style, using a very hot water and leaving the leaves in contact with the water only for 15-30 seconds. This method keeps the tea from becoming seriously over brewed and bitter, which happens VERY FAST with this tea. Latest batch is a bit light on the bergamot.
I think I’ve finally perfected this tea. I kept getting bitterness but I’ve overcome that issue with the following: 1 Tsp leaves to 12 oz hot water @ 200 F for 30 seconds. basically, when you’re done pouring and have put the kettle back, its done steeping. I get the nice bergamot aftertaste without the bitterness.
Check out the steep time…yah, forgot about this one. It actually cooled off while steeping. Decided to give it a shot anyway…no pun intended, but my coworker asked me if I was doing “shots” when he saw me take a drink . Wow! I’ll hand it to Adagio though; even though the tea was waaayyyyy over strong, the flavor of their Earl Grey came through loud and clear. I ended up diluting it 50/50 with fresh boiling water and brought it back to something approaching only mildly oversteeped…a testament to good tea, I believe.