Earl Grey Assam

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The extremely popular and refreshing blend of citrus bergamot over a rich Assam black tea base. This Earl Grey provides a rich and smooth finish to a famous tradition. Best served hot with milk and sugar.

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A really good version of Earl Grey utilizing an Assam base rather than the standard go-to Ceylon base. I like it when I find an Earl Grey where something other than Ceylon has been used. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Ceylon … but, I like to see how the bergamot mingles with other types of tea’s characteristics.

For example, I like how the malty notes of the Assam interact with the bergamot, and because I found this to be more of a wine-y Assam than a malty one … the black currant notes made for an interesting combination with the citrus notes.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/05/earl-grey-assam-black-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

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From the January Simple Loose Leaf Tea coop.

Best tea out of the box this month. The assam malty base is a great match to the bergamot. The bergamot is a moderate level, with a bit of a brisk finish at the end.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-simple-loose-leaf/

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After looking through the offerings in the box this month it was tough to decide which tea I wanted to review. The chai green piqued my interest, but I’m a sucker for anything Earl Grey (it is without a doubt my all time favorite tea.) This time I was delighted to see we have an Earl Grey with a twist— it’s made with an Assam base rather than the traditional Ceylon. Once I saw that I knew it was the tea for me. I wasn’t disappointed either, the flavor of the Assam was much more delicate than what I’m accustomed to with Ceylon. When steeped at 205°F the tea lacked the astringency and dry mouth feeling I get from many Earl Grey teas. It really allowed me to focus on the citrus flavor from the bergamot. The difference in base teas was a refreshing change from what I’m accustomed to. I could certainly see this tea becoming part of my regular rotation.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve built up a sort of fear of Assams, because I’m not a big fan of malt flavors in my tea and they go bitter easily. In fact, I’ve never had an Assam/mix including Assam that didn’t go bitter on me, which tends to completely put me off the tea in question. This, surprisingly, smells good to me. The bergamot mixes well with the scent of the tea itself.

The taste of this is completely different from what I expected. It’s full-bodied but doesn’t taste like it’s too much. The bergamot is equally fruity and flowery, and that somehow manages to taste good against the malty background of the base. I think this is the first Assam I would go out of my way to drink again. Yum!

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