Review of Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black

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This was one of the atypical flavored teas I've had with a scent (both dry-bag and in-cup) noticeably bigger than the taste. I'm having trouble rating this tea because it depends on what you're seeking. Aroma? Strong, fruity, potent, almost mouth-watering. Looks and taste? The base tea is very rich and flavorful, brewing up a dark cup quickly. Since it's an Assam, I suppose that's no surprise; I generally like Assams precisely because of their unpretentious boldness.

Yet for as assertive as the base tea was, the Earl Grey portion dropped off dramatically between aroma and flavor. It was as if most of the ester evaporated upon inhaling and vanished up the catacombs behind my sniffer, leaving precious little behind in the drink. Either that, or the "aged Earl Grey" was so aged that good ol' Earl was on death's door by the time he flavored this one. I could taste the bergamot, but at a weaker level than just about every other Earl Grey I've tried. It's not bad, but the vivid and promising aroma left me bummed at how much less Earl-y the product tasted than it should have.

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