37 Tasting Notes
This is one of my favorite teas. The tea base is high quality, a dry and astringent flavor, perhaps from the darjeeling and shui xian combination, and a light roasted flavor from the shui xian as well. The lavender doesn’t dominate but is noticeable, and the earl is just “grey” enough.
I love this cheap tea! The green tea is not at all what green tea is supposed to be, but somehow it works. And I don’t think that the bergamot is fake, it just overpowers the base a bit. It’s kind of cheap, stale green tea preserved with bergamot oil, and you know what? It’s perfect! The flavors meld perfectly. I’m going to try Bigelow’s other Earls next.
I’m actually rating the cheaper, paper tea bag version of this tea. It comes in a canister. I don’t know where you’d look for it if you wanted it. I found it at Marshall’s, of all places. I really like this. I like to make a strong, small cup. It’s like a sweet, refreshing slap in the face. Sometimes that’s what I need in the morning. It says its made with “oil of bergamot” but it tastes somehow different from my other natural Earls. Orangeyer or something. And it isn’t like the “natural” flavor of, say Ahmad Earl Grey, which is definitely fake, though I kind of like it. Regardless, it is NOT subtle, so this is for bergamot lovers only.
The rose is a very grounding, comforting flavor. It isn’t super perfumey when you brew it, as it is when you smell it beforehand. I think its a good afternoon pick-me up, or when you need to stay awake late to finish homework or something, but don’t want to feel jittery.