Lady Grey from IndiasTea. . . .

It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes a tea a Lady Grey blend.  I believe Twinings tea company first coined the term, making a citrusy earl grey tea without powerful bergamot oil.  Either way, Lady Grey blends tend to be earl-grey-inspired teas blended to be a bit more gentle or ladylike. Lady Grey from India Teas certainly fits into that category.

While this blend has bergamot oil in it, it is at much lower levels than your average earl grey. Instead of the intense bergamot, this tea is accented with lemon peel and orange peel, making for milder and gentler citrus tones.

The leaves and the brewed tea had a fragrance of lemon-vanilla, reminding me of lemon poppyseed muffins. The tea is bright and pleasant, but not overly sweet, still preserving some of the citrus pop of traditional earl grey.

Brewed, the leaves appear much greener than when they are dry.  I’m not sure exactly what type of tea leaves are used as a base, but the flavor and color lead me to believe it is a darjeeling, or less oxidized tea.  The more delicate leaves suit the airy lemon peel flavors and ladylike theme.

Lemon is the star player in this blend since there is no black tea tannin richness to overpower it.  This Lady Grey is light and drinkable, a sunny lemon brew with just a little grounding to distinguish it from an herbal tea.

This is a delectable alternative to powerful earl greys, and might just be your new favorite citrus tea for cold brewing as the weather gets warmer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: black
Where to Buy: Indias Tea
Description:

Not to go by its name, Ladygrey Tea is a modern creation so as to appeal to every age groups with its distinctly citrus fragrance.

Ladygrey Tea is a Tea blend which has been flavored with the addition of oil of bergamot to provide a relaxing and calming effect by taking you on a only-me journey.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Earl Grey de la Creme from Steeped Tea. . .

Steeped Tea is a company I have known about for quite some time now but have never ordered from them or tried their teas. I have been to their site many times and each time when I click the “Shop” button and it tells me to “Shop Now with a Consultant” I am reminded of why I haven’t had their teas and why I am disappointed. It is a different type of business and though some people probably very much enjoy shopping in this fashion, it is not for me.

With that said, thanks to the wonders of tea swaps and traveling teaboxes, I was able to come across a sample of Steeped Tea without the involvement of a consultant. Particularly this Earl Grey de la Creme tea. Normally I don’t enjoy bergamot in teas but every now and again I find an Earl Grey Cream tea that makes for a good latte. This one just sounded good because I am always intrigued by the word “Creme”. That and the fact that this was an opportunity to try a tea company I have been curious about made me overlook the “earl grey” component of the tea.

I brewed this for 3 minutes in 200 degree water. I used 4 teaspoons of tea in about 8 ounces of water and then topped off my mug with 8 ounces of frothed milk. Boom! An Earl Grey de la Creme Latte! Just missing the splash of vanilla and I would have had myself a London Fog.

Alas this is more bergamot and less cream in practice, despite the assistance of the creamy frothed milk. It has a strong citrus oil flavor which comes off too floral and brisk for my tastes. If I drank Earl Grey tea, this may be nice but as someone who isn’t a fan of the blerg I can say that this is way too in-your-face, and would probably be even more so without the milk. Like I said though, I don’t usually enjoy earl grey teas to begin with so I am not necessarily this tea’s target audience.

Personally I would have liked a lot more “de la creme” and a lot less “earl grey”. It was a drinkable latte but not my favorite. At the end of the day though, it satisfied my curiosity about Steeped Tea so it was worth the taste.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Steeped Tea
Description
Ten years ago, this tea started it all! Creamy taste so you don’t need the sugar or the milk.
Ingredients: Black tea, cornflower petals, natural flavors.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lord Grey from Do You Tea

lordgreyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Do You Tea

Tea Description:

A delicious, classic, full-bodied tea – perfect for breakfast or anytime.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Earl Grey teas and I don’t always see eye to eye.  Sometimes these tea think they need an overwhelming amount of bergamot oil.  I think a light touch of bergamot is the way to go.  Or a peach tea with bergamot oil or even vanilla.  Very few earl greys are staples in my cupboard.

Do You Tea has a nice selection of teas that are unique and catch your attention.  Their Backyard Bliss, a mix of jasmine, orange and oolong tea is one of my favorites.  From the limited experience I have with Do You Tea offerings, they are crisp and taste fresh and clean.  While I was going thru my tea stash and organizing it a bit, I noticed I had this tea that I hadn’t tried yet.

Lord Grey is a mix of Assam & Darjeeling black tea with cold-pressed bergamot oil.  I don’t think I’ve had an earl grey blend like this before.  I brewed this up with my tea infusion bottle and 195F per the instructions on the package.  Let this steep for about 3 minutes and was pleasantly pleased when I took my first sniff of the brewing tea that the bergamot oil wasn’t crazily swirling the air. I only got a subtle gentle note of bergamot.

Took my first sip and Huzzah! The same effect. This tea is perfect for those who like tea that has been lightly kissed with bergamot.  The Assam and Darjeeling mix well together providing notes of a buttery texture with malty finishes.  This would be a great tea served at afternoon tea with a few sweet treats!

So for all those out there that want to like an Earl Grey but find them a bit too “bergamoty” for your taste. . check out this tea.  I think you’ll be glad that you did!