Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Boston Tea Company
Awaken your senses with the aromatic bouquet of Earl Grey! A blend of premium high-grown Chinese and Indian black teas are enhanced with the tart, citrus flavor of bergamot. Named after a 19th Century English Prime Minister, you’ll regally partake of this lovely fragrant tea that’s freshly treasured in this sleek, classic black tin. Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!
When it comes to Earl Grey, it would seem that every tea company out there has one. (Yeah, I know there’s a joke in there, but, not one I care to use when talking about one of my favorite types of tea!) What I’ve learned over the years about those many Earl Grey choices is that even though they share the same name, they certainly do not taste the same. Some are definitely better than others.
This is a pretty good Earl Grey. It is especially good when considering that it’s a bagged Earl Grey. The truth be known, I’ve not had a lot of luck when it comes to bagged Earl Grey varieties. I’ve found a few that I’ve enjoyed, but I’ve also found a few that I was unable to finish the cup. This one – I’m enjoying!
The bergamot is strong and flavorful. It has a delicious citrus-y taste that is sweet, with that sharp edge for which bergamot is known. There is not quite so much of a flowery/perfume-y quality to this bergamot as in some Earl Grey, so if you are one who might find that perfume-ish flavor somewhat off-putting, this Earl Grey may just be right up your alley.
The black tea in this blend is brisk and tasty. It is not bitter and has very little astringency to it. There is a pleasing tone of sweetness to the overall cup.
This is an Earl Grey that I’m likely to keep on hand. It is one of the better bagged Earl Grey varieties that I’ve encountered and while I do prefer loose leaf to bagged teas, there are times when I appreciate the convenience of bagged tea, especially when I’ve a busy day ahead and don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, measuring, brewing and straining tea. I still want to enjoy my morning tea, and good tea bags such as this one give me that option!
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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