I’m not quite sure what makes this one “royale”, since it tastes just like an ordinary EG to me…perhaps the Yunnan base? I would agree that it’s a slightly more premium choice than I’d usually expect to find, but not outrageously so.
I don’t have a lot to say about this one. If you’ve tried an EG before, you know what it tastes like. The bergamot here is nicely citrussy; strong, but not too overpowering. The base is definitely in competition with it, though – smooth, sweet, bready Yunnan with a light hint of pepper. Neither really wins; it’s a stalemate.
I think there are better uses I’d have put a Yunnan to. It’s almost too nice to be doused with bergamot. It makes a change to have a base with a distinctive flavour, though. Uusally EGs are much of a muchness, but this one’s just a little different. It’s not so different that it would scare you off, but enough so that an aficionado might find something to smile about.
I’d not repurchase simply because there are EGs I prefer, and that are more budget-friendly. I also feel sorry for the Yunnan, being used this way. It’s a pleasant cup, of course, but nothing particularly ground-breaking for the price.