Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pearl Tea’s Earl Grey with Lavender Review

Type: Black
Origin: Not Specified
Price: Free Sample (regular price - $12.50 for 3oz.)
Vendor: Pearl Teas
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200°F-203°F, steeped for 0.5 - 3 minutes
Overall Score: 1.5 out of 5

Early Grey with Lavender is just that… classic Earl Grey (black tea with bergamot oil) with lavender flowers. The bergamot is the first aroma that I smell. I can only smell a hint of lavender, after knowingly looking for the scent, because the bergamot is so pungent. The leaves are long, rolled, twisted dark brown bits with green lavender petals throughout.

The liquor is an orange or copper color. The aroma of the brew is mostly that of bergamot. I can smell a little bit of the lavender aroma in the background. It smells sweet and citrusy.

The taste is pretty much an overload of bergamot. I can’t taste lavender anywhere, even after several sips of searching for it. In fact, it’s hard to taste the black tea itself because the bergamot takes over. The brew is quite astringent and the citrusy tang aids in the dry mouth feel.

I have yet to figure out why Earl Grey is so popular. You might as well just drink bergamot oil, because infusing the leaves with this flavor is a waste of good black tea. Plus, I could not smell or taste any lavender… anywhere.

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