Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Ocean of Tea
Perhaps the most famous blend of black tea in the western world, Earl Grey Tea remains a cherished favorite. This is our favorite of the Earl Greys. Made from the finest black tea blended with just the right amount of oil of bergamot, this show-stopper will renew your love of Earl Grey and have you craving a second cup.
Wonderfully smooth, slightly tangy and extremely well balanced. The aroma is amazing and you will love the smell of a freshly opened bag!
This team is passionately named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey and Prime Minister of Great Britain. Legend says that the recipe for this tea is said to have been given to Grey by a grateful Chinese man whose son had just been rescued by one of the Earl’s men.
Learn more about this tea here.
Earl Grey! Yay!
And this Earl Grey Premium from Ocean of Tea is one mighty fine Earl Grey! First, I must address the aroma, right? Because that’s always the first excitement that I get when I open a package of Earl Grey is that delightful fragrance of bergamot!
Well, actually, the first real excitement I get is seeing the words “Earl Grey” on a package. I love Earl Grey and the prospect of sipping on a cup of this tea often elicits a squeal of joy from me!
The scent of bergamot is strong and pleasant, and the brewed tea doesn’t lose the potency. That distinctive bergamot fragrance remains strong! This can be a good … or a bad thing … depending upon the quality of the bergamot used to flavor the tea. Sometimes too much bergamot proves to be a curse and ends up leaving the tea tasting more like a cup of warm perfume rather than a cup of delicious tea. Fortunately, that’s not the case here. The bergamot IS strong but it is a high-quality bergamot. What I taste is not perfume-ish or soapy, I taste the bright, uplifting flavor of the tangy-sweet Italian citrus fruit.
This is a remarkably smooth and well-rounded tea. The black tea base is a flavorful, satisfying tea. It’s full-flavored and robust, and it is the perfect base for the bergamot. The base stands strong alongside the powerful flavor of bergamot, which is tangy and a little sweet. This bergamot is juicy, tasting very much like the Italian orange, and there is not quite so much of the floral aspect of the bergamot here. Hints of flower peek though here and there but it is a very subtle note. This bergamot is all about the fruit!
Not too long ago, one of my favorite Earl Grey teas had been discontinued by the company selling it, and this Earl Grey Premium from Ocean of Tea might just be the right tea to replace it. This is one of the very best Earl Grey teas I’ve yet to taste. It belongs in my top five … and probably my top three! Yes, it’s that good!