Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
An unbelievable aroma that portends an unbelievable taste. A correct balance of flavoring that results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste that goes well with pastries and cakes. The true taste from the natural flavoring oils creates an Earl Grey that calls you back for more.
Having previously tasted their Cream Earl Grey and thoroughly enjoying it, I was quite excited for the opportunity to try Culinary Teas’ Earl Grey. And I am very happy to report that I am not disappointed!
When I opened the package, I was overcome with the citrus-y scent – I could smell not only the typical bergamot notes, but also hints of grapefruit and lemon. This is one seriously fragrant Earl Grey, but even though it is extraordinarily aromatic, it doesn’t come across as perfume-y. It smells citrus-y, yes. Like a man’s cologne, no.
The brewed liquor possesses a softer scent and loses some of the more distinct citrus tones I mentioned earlier. It still smells like bergamot, of course, but I don’t smell the grapefruit and lemon anymore. But that’s OK, this is an Earl Grey tea, after all!
The flavor is delightful. The blend of Orange Pekoe leaves is strong yet pliant, offering a delicious background flavor without overpowering the bergamot. When one drinks Earl Grey, they want that bergamot flavor, and this tea delivers.
The bergamot is tangy and fruity. Some of the floral tones of the bergamot are there, but they seem to be off in the distance, only peeking through occasionally. This Earl Grey is the real deal with a very authentic bergamot flavor.
This is a celebration of the fruit that is bergamot! I love it!
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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