Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
Classic Earl Grey is blended with Chinese, Indian, and Sri Lankan teas and is enhanced with a touch of natural bergamot oil. The character is distinct with a citrus flavor.
This is a very well-crafted Earl Grey!
It is not often that I come across an Earl Grey that is as well balanced as this one. The flavor of the bergamot is strong – but the black tea is just as strong and the two compliment each other well without competing with one another.
The black tea base is brisk and bold. It is a toothsome black tea with a deep, complex flavor. There are notes of malt and even some distant spice notes in there! There is a light astringency to this – lighter in astringency than I ordinarily experience with a citrus flavored tea – and no bitterness. A very delicious blend of black teas!
The bergamot is fragrant and crisp. Citrus-y tart but also pleasantly sweet. This has very few floral notes to it – the bergamot here prefers to exhibit its citrus tones rather than its flowery qualities which is perfectly fine with me. It has a clean, authentic taste to it. It doesn’t come across as perfume-ish. Just delicious.
This is an Earl Grey that would work nicely as a hot or iced tea, although I generally prefer my Earl Grey teas hot … with just a tiny drizzle of honey, if you please! I don’t usually add milk to my Earl Grey so I didn’t here, but it should take it very well if you prefer Earl Grey with milk. A good “anytime” tea, this Classic Earl Grey from Butiki!