The leafs look very appealing. The odor is very enchanting…lots of citrus, very fruity, very promising.
However after my first brew done with water on boiling point I had to hold on to myself to not spit it out immediately.
The tea takes an immense grasp on one’s tongue and as soon as the tea has reached the stormach a nauseous feeling is on approach. I went on in reducing the portion of leafs for the next brew and kept going with boiling water…same result.
Then I started to reduce the water temperature and came to the conclusion that this blend only is drinkable below 70degrees Celcius. It mildens the tea a lot and even gets a bit of sweet, charming aftertaste out of it.
Now, during writing this, I secretly hope someone from Dilmah gets to read this…lol…
Anyways, the moral of this, my dear folks is: never give up and take up with the challenge!
The Original Earl Grey
Tight twisted deep blackish with brown and purple leaves. An assertive bergamot aroma is present in the dry leaf. Finely scented and well-balanced tea of rosewood colour (deep brown with orange hints) suggests a tea with a pronounced character. Indeed, on nosing the tea, one immediately senses a complex intermingling of flavours – florals, marzipan and sweet Christmas spices in addition to secondary aromas evocative of a floral garden and a fruit garden. Without doubt, a distinctive tea with body and a steady personality.