Started in 2000 by Richard Grey, a descendant of Earl Grey, Grey’s Teas carries over one hundred teas. Today, I’m reviewing five of their newest teas – three green teas, one yellow and one oolong.
Grey’s Teas is also a supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and donates 50 pence per order to the charity.
Jin Shan Shi Yu is a green tea that is packed with vegetal, sweet and salty flavours. It has characteristics similar to both Japanese and Long Jing teas. The cup colour is a light lime green, but it is a medium-bodied tea.
Retail price: 125 gram pouch for £15.75 / 125 gram tin for £17.75
Huoshan Huangya is a delicate yellow tea that cups out a pale yellow liquor. The tea has a combination of vegetal, earthy and sweet (banana-like) flavours. Don’t be shy when infusing this tea: try slightly hotter water (85 to 90C) and longer infusion times (1.5 to 2 minutes) to pull out more flavour.
Retail price: 60 gram pouch for £16.42 / 60 gram tin for £18.42 / 125 gram pouch for £29.85 / 125 gram tin for £32.85
Lu An Gua Pian
Lu An Gua Pian is a green tea that cups out a light green liquor. The tea has vegetal, sweet and salty flavours and a thick mouthfeel. Infused for a shorter time, the tea is smooth and sweet. A slightly longer infusion pulls out more flavour and tannins. Both infusion methods are equally satisfying.
Retail price: 60 gram pouch for £10.90 / 60 gram tin for £12.90 / 125 gram pouch for £19.82 / 125 gram tin for £22.82
Tai Ping Hou Kui is a green tea that cups out a pale green liquor. The tea is well balanced between vegetal and sweet flavours. It is a smooth, medium-bodied tea that has a clean finish.
Retail price: 60 gram pouch for £12.34 / 60 gram tin for £14.34 / 125 gram pouch for £22.43 / 125 gram tin for £25.43
Formosa GABA is a lightly roasted oolong that cups out a yellow liquor. The tea has a floral and buttery aroma, and the liquor has delicate buttery and sweet (tree fruit) flavours.
Retail price: 60 gram pouch for £13.38 / 60 gram tin for £15.38 / 125 gram pouch for £24.32 / 125 gram tin for £26.32
It was a pleasure to try all of these new teas carried by Grey’s Teas.
With the green teas, I really enjoy the balance between sweet, vegetal and salt flavours found in the Jin Shan Shi Yu and Lu An Gua Pian. Both have some characteristics of Chinese and Japanese green teas. The Tai Ping Hou Kui is much sweeter than the Jin Shan Shi Yu and Lu An Gua Pian, but it is a tea that might have wider appeal. Tai Ping Hou Kui is a tea that you could drink all day without getting tired of it.
With the Huoshan Huangya yellow tea, I had to really play around with water temperature and infusion time. Cooler water and shorter infusion times cupped out a liquor that is too delicate for me. Hotter water and longer infusion times cupped out a tea that was much more to my liking and exposed some earthy and sweet flavours.
My favourite of all these teas is the Formosa GABA. The tea has a complex mix of roasted, buttery and floral flavours. It is a smooth tea that can be infused many times if prepared gong fu style.