Ruby Lion Blends very kindly approached me to try a couple of their teas, and I was very impressed. This is their Lion’s Crest blend, a beautiful mix of Darjeeling, Ceylon, Assam, and Earl Grey teas. The fact that there was some Earl Grey in the mix fascinated me.
The dry aroma of this tea was mellow. The Earl Grey was a subtle hint and not overpowering. I brewed this tea with water just at a boil, and using a heaping teaspoon of dry leaf for an 8 ounce serving. With a generous five minute steep time, the cup produced was spectacular.
The aroma was warm, and similar to many a English Breakfast, but that subtle hint of bergamot was just enough to make it that much more interesting. Malt, caramel, brown sugar and citrus flavors swirl around the palate, with a smooth, mildly astringent mouthfeel that’s completely satisfying. Lion’s Crest would make an excellent cup of tea any time of day, and works wonderfully paired with meals. It can be re-steeped, as well, with each teaspoon of leaf yielding at the very least two great cups.