Tasting Notes: Bask in swinging bergamot in all its glory. If the Earl of Grey only knew how fabulous white tea could be.
Ingredients: Luxury white tea, organic bergamot oil, natural vanilla
Region: Fu-ding, Fujian Province
Water Temperature: 185 F / 85 C
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Suggested Serving: 1.5 tsp / 8oz
Many of us, indeed most of us, tea lovers are familiar with Earl Grey the beverage. In all its variations, Earl Grey is a flavourful concoction of tea and bergamot oil that is as distinctive on the nose as it is in the cup. One whiff as it passes your table in a restaurant, or breezing out through a kitchen door, and you know immediately that someone is about to enjoy a few moments of refined pleasure. As the tea rolls over the tongue, pointed touches of citrus come to the fore blending gently with the astringency of the base tea letting you know that yes in fact, this is Earl Grey
Actually, The Earl of Grey, the man behind the world’s most popular tea, died on July 17th, 1845 – about 150 years before the creation of British Earl White tea. Too bad because we’re sure he would have loved this version of his famous blend. The cup is full bodied with a heady Earl Grey flavour and touch of fresh cream leading to a profound jammy finish. (Jammy is a term frequently used to describe the full character of Pai Mu Tan, the Chinese white tea used for the blend.) Brew a pot and raise a cup to the old Earl. Cheers.
Price: Starting at $15 / 50g