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!
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!