Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Zhi Tea
Cousin to the famous Earl, we welcome the illustrious Violet Femme. Resplendent. Elegant. Complex. Mysterious.
Not so simple and definitely refined, Violet Femme takes her cues from the well-balanced Earl Grey and goes a step further with a splash of creamy vanilla and luxurious lavender. The resulting cup is evocative, aromatic, and smooth.
Learn more about this tea here.
As some of you are probably well aware, I’ve tried many different variations on the classic Earl Grey tea. I love Earl Grey, and I love trying new spins on the traditional favorite. This Violet Femme Black Tea Blend from Zhi Tea is another twisted Earl Grey … and I’m loving it!
The sharp, tangy bergamot is softened by the addition of sweet, creamy vanilla and then becomes delightfully floral with the addition of lavender. I love these three flavor profiles together! They work very well together.
The black tea base is smooth and richly flavored and can hold its own in the presence of the strong flavors of bergamot, vanilla and lavender. It has a bold taste to it, and it isn’t overly astringent. It doesn’t taste bitter, although I don’t know if I’d be saying that if I over-steeped the tea. I brewed this tea at 205°F for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch and it produced a perfect cuppa.
The bergamot is strong but as I mentioned already, the tangy citrus has been subdued with the velvet-y vanilla notes. Together, they taste sweet and creamy, but also deliciously exotic with lively citrus tones. There is almost a “caramel-y” sort of quality to this … the combination of the tea, bergamot and vanilla tones offers a hint of caramel-ish low notes that I find very enjoyable.
The lavender hits the palate at about mid-sip, offering a beautifully subtle floral note. Sometimes lavender can be overdone and end up tasting kind of soapy, but, that didn’t happen here. Zhi Tea knew what they were doing with this blend and added just the right amount of lavender buds to offer a sweet touch of lavender without overpowering the cup.
Overall, I think that this is a masterful blend that – in my book – raises the bar when it comes to Earl Grey variations. This is really tasty.