Price: Sample (regular price - $9.95 for 4oz.)
Vendor: Mighty Leaf
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 170°F-180°F, steeped for 2 - 3 minutes
Overall Score: 3.7 out of 5
Organic Earl Green is a base of Organic green tea infused with the oil of bergamot. The leaves for this tea are really dark for being a green tea. They are dark brown small, long strands which are very tightly rolled. The aroma of the bergamot oil rushed out when I opened the package. In fact, that is really all I can smell – the green tea aroma gets hidden.
I can smell more of the green tea as the leaves steep. The bergamot oil is still front and center, though. The liquor is a dark amber color.
The taste is basically a mouthful of bergamot. Because the green tea is so mellow, it stays in the background and all I taste is the sweet citrus flavor of the bergamot. Also, because of the green tea once again, this blend does not pack the same punch as its brother, Earl Grey.
It is not bitter, actually it is rather sweet. However, I am about half way through my cup and it has already dried my mouth out significantly. The vegetal taste of the green tea shows up more in the after taste. If you enjoy the taste of bergamot and do not want the bold black tea in tow, then this tea is for you.
Saturday, May 2, 2009