REVIEW: Tea People – Earl Grey

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Tea: A blend of Assam and Ceylon black teas with Italian bergamot and orange blossoms
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Earl Grey

While I grew up drinking lots of iced tea, I ‘cut my teeth’ on hot tea in my early 20s with Earl Grey. For about a year, I couldn’t get enough of it, but as I discovered more and more types of tea, Earl Grey got pushed to the side. I do like a cup now and then, but many blends today seem very different from the Earl Grey teas that I used to drink. Today, they seem much more aromatic, and they many include flowers and citrus flavours. Read on to see what I like in an Earl Grey, and how I find Tea People’s Earl Grey.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of full-sized, twisted leaves. Orange blossoms are scattered throughout the blend

– It is a very aromatic dry leaf  – the bergamot is striking

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a dark, copper-coloured liquor that has a strong bergamot aroma

– Like the aroma of the dry leaf and the infused tea, the liquor has a pronounced bergamot flavour, but the orange blossoms give it a citrusy finish. The tea is medium-bodied and smooth

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse this tea for three to four minutes with boiling water. Try with milk or lemon, but it is equally good without additions

– Compared to other Earl Greys that I’ve tried in the past couple of years, I think this one has a better tea to flavourings ratio than many. That said, I would like a little more tea to balance out the flavour, but that is my own personal preference. The bergamot in this tea is very nice and does not taste artificial, which is a major problem with cheaper teas. Lastly, I’m never going to be convinced by the addition of flavourings, such as orange blossoms, blue cornflowers or citrus fruit peel. Having an Earl Grey with only bergamot is my favourite, as the cup seems richer. The orange blossoms in this tea are not as powerful as I’ve had in other Earl Greys, which was a pleasant surprise

Score:

4.25/5

Retail price: 100 gram pouch for £6.25 / 125 gram caddy for £9.25 / 500 grams for £21.90. Also available in pyramid tea bags

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to REVIEW: Tea People – Earl Grey

  1. cafebeletage says:

    Hi teaxplorer,

    I really enjoy reading your tea reviews. As far as I can tell, you are one of the premier tea critics with a strong social media and blog presence. Would you be willing to review one of our teas? We are very proud of our offerings from The Bissell Tea Company, especially the Quince Green and Berry Hibiscus (Tisane).

    Thanks,
    Nate

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