Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-Earl-BlueTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Our awesome organic Iyerpadi black tea blended with organic bergamot and blueberry flavors. This is sure to wow your guests.

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

I know that I’ve mentioned on this blog at least once before in a review of one of Zoomdweebie’s Earl Grey/Bergamot teas that I’m not particularly crazy about the bergamot flavoring that Zoomdweebies uses.  Maybe I’m a bit of a bergamot snob or something but Earl Grey tea is something I take very seriously and it should be right.  So, when this Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas was announced as a recent tea of the week for SBT, I wasn’t all that excited about it.

But this isn’t too bad.  It’s actually pretty tasty.  As an Earl Grey tea or more accurately as a ‘twist’ to the classic Earl Grey -well, it doesn’t really cut it as an Earl Grey, I’m afraid.  But, as a flavored iced tea, it’s really pleasant.  The blueberry is strong and yummy.  The bergamot – well, it doesn’t taste as bergamot-y as I’d like it to.  But when I just drink it and I don’t think “bergamot” and instead, I think “citrus” it works for me.

It has a really enjoyable, sweet-tart fruity flavor to it. And the black tea base is smooth and brisk.  No bitterness, no astringency – just really tasty black tea and fruity flavors.

This is something that I could see myself putting in my shopping cart again the next time I’m shopping at Zoomdweebies dot com.  It’s very refreshing and it’ll be really nice to have it chilling in the fridge on those warm summer days that lie ahead.

Lavender Earl Grey Cleanse from WayGood Tea

LavenderEarlGreyCleanseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  WayGood Tea

Tea Description:

An exquisite black tea flavored with aromatic lavender flowers & bergamot.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Lavender Earl Grey Cleanse from WayGood Tea is one of the most unusual Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered.

Let me start with the “cleanse” part of this tea.  I’m not a doctor or one who specializes in herbs.  I’m not someone who recommends a ‘cleanse’ or a ‘detox’ because neither of these activities are something of which I partake.  I don’t drink tea for health benefits.  I don’t drink tea to cleanse, detox or lose weight.  I drink tea because I like the way it tastes.

Now, if I happen to find a tea that I enjoy drinking, I certainly don’t mind at all if it happens to have the cleansing, detoxifying or weight loss benefits in addition to a great flavor.  But flavor should come first.  I drink tea because I like the flavor of it, if I want to drink something for health benefits, I’ll go drink some wheatgrass juice.

I don’t drink wheatgrass juice.  I drink stuff I like to drink.  That’s why I stick to tea.

So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me turn my attention to this tea.  It’s one of the more unusual “twists” to the classic Earl Grey teas that I’ve yet to taste.  That’s not to say that I don’t like it – to be honest, I haven’t actually decided if I do or I don’t!  It’s quite different.

The rosemary adds it’s distinctive fragrance to the overall cup and when I lift the cup to my lips to take a sip, I smell the rosemary. While the rosemary and bergamot seem to complement each other aromatically, the first few sips were a little strange because I expected to smell bergamot but I smelled the rosemary with the bergamot (as well as notes of lavender and juniper berry) and the medley of aromas is just … well, it’s different.  It is unexpected.

But, even though it IS different and unexpected, it’s quite pleasant!  I’m not hating the flavor here at all.  Quite the opposite.

That said, one big disappointment about this tea is that the black tea isn’t a particularly strong flavor.  It’s more of a background note and that’s even a little more generous than the flavor here actually represents.  The black tea tastes thin (almost like it’s a decaffeinated black tea).  It’s a very weak tasting black tea and I’m of the opinion that black tea should have some vigor to it.

I steeped this for four minutes in 205°F – that should not have produced a weak tasting black tea unless the black tea is not a particularly strong tea to begin with … or it’s a decaffeinated tea.

The bergamot isn’t a particularly strong flavor as it melds with the flavors of lavender, rosemary and juniper berry.  The orange peel enhances the notes of bergamot somewhat, but not really enough for someone who is a bergamot fan like I am.

I don’t taste much from the elderberry either.  Of the seven elements of this tea, I taste the rosemary the strongest while the pine-y notes of the juniper seem to accentuate the rosemary, then I taste the lavender, followed by the bergamot (and orange), the black tea and then the elderberry.  It tastes herb-y, pine-ish and floral with hints of citrus in the background.

Overall, it’s a pleasant cup of tea, but I find myself wanting to taste TEA here, and I’m not tasting a lot of it.  It’s a very weak tea – but as far as a cleansing or detox type of tea, this is quite enjoyable.

Planters’ Earl Grey Tea from PMD P.M. David Silva & Sons

earl-greyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: PMD P.M. David Silva & Sons

Tea Description:

We have taken this cherished tea back to its roots. Many of the Earl Grey teas on offer are created to misguide consumer’s senses. Tea makers mask poor quality tea with blue cornflowers as a visual distraction and then over scent the tea with artificial Bergamot essence. At PMD we have selected a high quality low grown tea and married it with natural bergamot oil; creating you a heavenly aromatic experience whilst finishing with smooth, citrus notes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Earl Grey is a hit or miss kind of tea for me.  I either love it or hate it.  I’m not a huge fan of floral teas that completely overwhelm the senses.  I even shied away from them until I met my boyfriend who loves them.  He fell in love with them when he was traveling abroad.

This tea comes in two different variations, loose and bagged, which is very convenient for on the go people or for work.  I have all of my tea hardware at work (kettle, teapot, filters, etc.) but sometimes you just want to plop the tea in some water and go.  This is a tea that I think you could do just that with.  I brewed this up on in my favorite rooster mug (yep, I have a rooster mug) with 1 cup of 212F water for about 3 minutes.  Without question, I could tell this was an earl grey and hesitation started to grow.  I wasn’t in the mood to be smacked in the face with a huge heaping of cup full of bergamot oil.

First sip, holy cow! This is a sleek and polished earl grey! Very smooth! With an incredible rich black base to boot! The citrus notes are a delightful addition.  After a few sips, I added in some milk and made myself a latte which brought out the richness even more.  As it cools off, the flavors mingle delightfully together and really provide a fantastic treat.  Yum!

I’m incredibly impressed with this one! This Earl Grey may be the best bagged Earl Grey I’ve ever had!

Blue Sky Blend Black Tea from J. Atkinson & Co

BlueBlendTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: J. Atkinson & Co

Tea Description:

Renowned as we are for our Earl Grey Extra we thought we’d add another member to our citrus flavoured black tea family. With the addition of Orange already taken up on the market in the delightful form of Lady Grey, we looked to the next size up from Bergamot, which one only ever seems to find in Earl Grey, and settled on the Grapefruit. In creating this blend we decided to go for the sweeter more distinctive Pink Grapefruit. With the delicate decorative embellishment of Blue Cornflower petals we warmed to our theme of creating a cheery ‘Recession-busting’ refreshment. Blue Sky Blend was born and was so enamoured by the Judges at the North West Fine Food awards that they gave it a Gold Medal on its first outing into the wider world. Under the premise that ‘another cup of tea’ is the greatest procrastinator to the creative process, we would recommend that if you’re looking to do some Blue Sky Thinking get Blue Sky Drinking! (I obviously need to go and do just that…!)

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Also known as “Grapefruit Earl Grey”, this Award Winning blend certainly packs a citrus scented punch. Whilst raw it has a wonderful grapefruit, rose and floral scent that is very refreshing but super citrusy at the same time.

In flavour this is lightly sweet with moderate grapefruit and rose petal tones which offers a refreshing taste compared to it’s dark black tea base. Somewhat perfumed but in a wonderful way! Every time I drink rose petals in tea it makes me feel beautiful, and this tea holds no exception. Behind the floral and citrus notes is a dark, malt base which holds the lighter flavours together.

Throughout the flavours remain consistent, even as it cools, and I would say that the balance of flavours was delightful! An inventive twist on the classic Earl Grey but a blend that keeps itself ‘close to home’.

Overall I would say this makes a pleasant change from your classic Earl Grey but keeping the elegance and debonair vibe it has accustomed over the years. While it may not take the place of some of my beloved Earl Grey blends on my shelf, I admit the grapefruit is a wonderful extra in the early afternoon!

So, grapefruit in an Earl Grey? Yes please!

Girlie Grey Black Tea from Jeeves & Jericho

girliegrey1Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Jeeves & Jericho

Tea Description:

Now for something completely spectacular: our very own Girlie Grey blend. It’s a medium-bodied black loose leaf Assam tea with pretty rose buds and slivers of dried lemon pieces.Girlie Grey is a delicious dance of flavours with a decadent vanilla sweetness contrasted with a zesty citrus taste. It’s both a visual and gastronomic extravaganza…a boudoir in a cup! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I tried this Girlie Grey Black Tea from Jeeves & Jericho once a couple of years ago and after trying it that one time, I knew I had to try some more.  Thanks to an online tea friend, I have that opportunity!

This is wonderful!  It’s a delightful twist on the classic Earl Grey.  The black tea base is an Assam tea and it’s rich and malty.  I like the strength of this base, it’s bold and solid without being too aggressive.  It’s not bitter or overly astringent.  It has a light sweetness to it that interacts well with the notes of vanilla – creating a sweet, creamy, almost caramel-y sort of taste.

The tangy bergamot is softened by the vanilla and there is just a hint of tartness to this from the lemon.  The rose adds a soft floral note that accentuates the natural floral tones to the bergamot in a pleasing way.  It all comes together nicely.

Two thumbs up for this one!