Where to Purchase:
Brazilian Toasted Mate
Assam Earl Grey
Gen Mai Cha (see previous review)
This month when I opened my Simple Loose Leaf box I noticed it had gotten a bit of a facelift for the new year. There is a new label design, a feedback card, and two reusable teabags, in addition to the five samples normally included in the box. Also making a reappearance is the rather odd advertisement for panties. I haven't mentioned it before, but it's been included in the box for the past few months. I don't mind advertising being included in my subscription boxes, but I feel like it should be pertinent to what I've ordered. I'd rather see something food related, or perhaps a discount for tea ware. I'm not likely to order new panties just because I received a discount in my tea box (besides the fact that I'm quite addicted to Victoria's Secret.)
After looking through the offerings this month it was tough to decide which tea I wanted to review. The chai green piqued my interest, but I'm a sucker for anything Earl Grey (it is without a doubt my all time favorite tea.) This time I was delighted to see we have an Earl Grey with a twist— it's made with an Assam base rather than the traditional Ceylon. Once I saw that I knew it was the tea for me. I wasn't disappointed either, the flavor of the Assam was much more delicate than what I'm accustomed to with Ceylon. When steeped at 205°F the tea lacked the astringency and dry mouth feeling I get from many Earl Grey teas. It really allowed me to focus on the citrus flavor from the bergamot. The difference in base teas was a refreshing change from what I'm accustomed to. I could certainly see this tea becoming part of my regular rotation.
My Rating: 92/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely! This could very well be my new favorite Earl Grey.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own.