This is an incredibly delicious Earl Grey tea! I’m very picky about my Earl Grey tea, because I love it so much. In fact I rarely review Earl Grey teas because so many of them aren’t up to my standards of a “quality” Earl Grey tea. Almost every tea company has an Earl Grey – or their version of an Earl Grey – but not many of them have been worth writing about!
This Earl Grey from Culinary Teas, however, is definitely worth a mention on this blog because it is such an authentic, strong and well-balanced Earl Grey.
Culinary Teas describes this tea as:
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts Shipping Port: Colombo Grade: OP Orange Pekoe Altitude: 4800 – 7600 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Orthodox Cup Characteristics: An unbelievable aroma that portends an unbelievable taste. A correct balance of flavoring that results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste that goes well with pastries and cakes. The true taste from the natural flavoring oils creates an Earl Grey that calls you back for more. Infusion: Bright, coppery. Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Cornflower petals, natural flavors.
Information:Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit – a sort of orange. The stories of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavored tea. This diplomat upon his return to Britain presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Mandarin. In an event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.
The bergamot in this tea is very nice indeed, strong and refreshing, not at all fake or waxy. The high quality black tea leaves are the perfect flavor to frame the delicious bergamot, and you can taste and smell how wonderful these tea leaves are, both before and after brewing. A very high quality and delicious Earl Grey!