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.
– 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
– 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
– 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
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