Leaf Type: Black
Where To Buy: Arbor Teas
This organic, Fair Trade Certified version of the classic Earl Grey does not disappoint. It has a correct balance of flavoring which results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste. Made fashionable by the Prime Minister of England Earl Grey (1830-1834), Earl Grey is traditionally a blend of Chinese and Indian teas flavored with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit.
The legends of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Chinese citizen, and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, this diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story claims that it was the Prime Minister himself who was awarded the recipe.
Ingredients: organic black tea and natural bergamot flavor
I am crazy about Earl Grey tea. Let me rephrase that: I am crazy about GOOD Earl Grey tea. And this is GOOD Earl Grey tea!
What do I like about Earl Grey? So many things!
I like that breathtaking aroma that overcomes me when I first open a package of Earl Grey. The scent of bergamot is amazing, and when it comes to that first aromatic impression, I like them to be strong and even a bit overwhelming. Just as important is the scent of the brewed liquor, it doesn’t have to be as strong as the dry leaf, but, I want it to smell every bit as inviting.
Yep… this Earl Grey has a fantastic fragrance!
I love the flavor of a good Earl Grey. The black tea base should be bracing enough to stand out amid the rather assertive flavor of the bergamot, but it shouldn’t be bitter nor should it be so strong that it overwhelms the nuances of the bergamot.
The bergamot should be crisp and flavorful without tasting artificial or soapy. It should be strong enough to express itself without coming across like Auntie Matilda’s perfume.
Yep… this Earl Grey has an outstanding black tea base and a bright, tart bergamot orange taste.
This Earl Grey has everything that I look for in a good Earl Grey Tea – and then some! It is certified organic (that’s also very important to me) and Arbor Teas’ packaging is compostable (another very important factor).
Yep… I’m crazy for Arbor Teas’ Earl Grey Black Tea!
And here is something else to go crazy over: In celebration of National Hot Tea Month, Earl Grey Black Tea is 15% off for the remainder of January!
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!