Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Bigelow Tea
A really fine cup of tea is one of life’s true pleasures. We heartily recommend Earl Grey for the enjoyment it will bring to your tea drinking. This delicately scented, aristocratic blend is an international favorite.
To be honest, I wasn’t really excited to try this Earl Grey. This is weird, because I love most Earl Grey teas that I’ve tasted with a few exceptions. What I guess scared me a little was that this might be one of those exceptions.
You see, as fond as I am of Earl Grey tea, every once in a while I encounter one that just isn’t good. We’re talking … bad … like nasty bad. Soapy, perfume-y tasting tea that has no business calling itself tea, much less does it deserve the honor of being called an Earl Grey tea.
Fortunately, this tea is not one of those exceptions – this is REALLY good! Surprisingly good, even. It has a strong bergamot scent upon opening the pouch, but this aroma softens significantly when it is brewed, although I can still smell that delightful bergamot fragrance when I lift the cup to take a sip. That moment of experiencing the aroma of the brewed Earl Grey is a euphoric one, and one I don’t want to miss so I’m grateful it was there.
The flavor is very smooth… quite a bit smoother than some Earl Grey teas that I’ve tasted. It doesn’t possess that usual sharp, floral edge to it – this is neither good nor bad, it is just … different and makes for a smoother cup of Earl Grey. The black tea is also smooth and very even tasting – a very pleasant cuppa.
The bergamot here is fruitier than it is floral, and I can taste a pleasant citrus sweetness. There are hints of flower in the cup as well; they just aren’t as strong as the notes of fruit.
I have really enjoyed my cup of Earl Grey from Bigelow, and I found that this is really delightful as an iced tea – adding just a pinch of sugar to make those flavors pop with the cold tea. This is one that would also one (as a hot tea) that would take milk well too.
A delicious tea – even though it’s bagged! One that I can see myself buying again, it’s nice to have a bagged black tea for those mornings that I need tea but I don’t have time for loose leaf! Nice!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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