Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Pipers Loose Leaf Tea
Made with the finest China teas including a large portion of white tips (the most prized leaf of the plant) and blended with the highest quality Sicilian oil of bergamot available.
Learn more about this tea here.
I have had Earl Grey teas in the past and they are certainly not one of the first I reach for when looking to fill my cup. I have found them rather lackluster, and have found myself suspecting tea companies of using the bergamot to hide 2nd rate teas underneath. This is obviously not the case with Piper’s Earl Grey White Tips.
Dry, this tea is lovely long full leaves with long white tips interspersed. The white tips have picked up more of the bergamot scent and the smell is quite heady indeed! In the cup, the tea is bold, matching the lush bergamot head to head. The Chinese tea a brings nuances of a deeper flavored black, in this case notes of plum and earth. The light formal flavors of the bergamot (yes, for some reason I’ve always considered bergamot to be a “formal” or “fancy” flavor!) gives lift to the deep flavor of the chinese black tea base and rounds out the profile to be not a tea for afternoons on sunny days, but….well, for anytime really! It would hold it’s own against a continental breakfast with gusto…and a bit of fancy, of course. This tea was a welcomed change in my cup, and I will look forward to to trying the other offerings that Pipers has!
I learned to drink tea while living in Dublin in the early 80’s, so as you can imagine, I am a hearty brew lover and have no problem tea with milk and honey. I don’t find it blasphemous, I find it yummy! I am always looking to expand my horizons with tea and my “beyond the teabag” journey began in January 2014.
I am currently loving highly oxidized teas from every country that makes them! I have a new found curiosity for keemuns and yunnans. I do like some naturally flavoured teas…almond, vanilla, cardamom, ginger. This seems to be mostly in the cooler months…but primarily I’m an unflavoured tea drinker.
I live in the foothills above San Diego with chickens, goats, a horse and a few cats. I love the quiet that a semi-rural life brings me and my favorite cup of tea during the day is the one I drink in the wee hours of the morning with my critters.
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