Lord Bergamot Tea from Steven Smith Teamaker

lord_bergamotTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Description:

A flavor somewhat superior to traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbulla and Uva are artfully combined with select teas from India’s Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith Teamaker is one of my all-time favorite Earl Grey teas.  So I was very happy when this tea was included in April’s box from Knoshy.

What makes Lord Bergamot so great?  I think it has to do with the fact that the black tea base is a blend of Ceylon teas from the Dimbulla and Uva estates as well as Assam tea from India.  This creates a very pleasant, full-bodied base for the scenting of the bergamot oil.  The Ceylon provides a smooth, rich flavor while the Assam adds a touch of malty flavor.  There is a slight “wine-like” quality to the tea that contrasts in a lovely way with the tangy bergamot.

And I love that when I tear into one of these individually wrapped sachets I can SMELL the bergamot and it’s a powerfully strong scent.  This is the way bergamot should be.  It should be very aromatic.

By the way, this tea is available loose leaf too, and that’s how I originally tried this tea and as is true with other teas:  I prefer it loose!  However, Knoshy decided to send a box of sachets instead of loose leaf tea.  That said, even in a sachet, this is still a really excellent Earl Grey!

bergamotfruitThe flavor of the bergamot is evenly matched with the richness of the black tea base.  It doesn’t taste fake or chemical-ish.  It doesn’t have a perfume-y sort of taste to it.  This happens sometimes when the tea blender has selected a bergamot oil that is of lesser quality ~or~ when the tea blender has gone a little too heavy handed with the bergamot scenting process.  (Or perhaps a combination of both factors.)  But when a high quality bergamot oil is used in the right amount, it produces a SUBLIME flavor like I have here in my teacup right now.

It is a bright and tangy flavor, but there is a really pleasant sweetness to this too.  The combination of the caramel-ish, malty notes of the black tea and the sweet/tangy flavor of the bergamot is moreish.  Which is why, as I said at the start of this review, this is one of my top three favorite Earl Grey teas.

Those top three change pretty frequently, depending upon availability – some times a tea company either closes shop or they discontinue or change their Earl Grey; and sometimes it depends upon my palate – meaning that sometimes I come across a new favorite Earl Grey and one of the other teas is knocked to the #4 spot.  But this one continues to be a top contender.

It’s just really good.  If you like Earl Grey … this is one you should be putting on your must try list.

Lord Petersham Black Tea Blend from The Devotea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Amoda Tea

Tea Description:

This is our Mother’s Day Tea. One of the Amoda moms has been asking for a black tea “that’s not boring”. So we found one for her.

There’s 7 different black teas layered in here! Medium-body, medium-strength, full taste. There’s citrus, malt and honey and that amazing smoky character that likes to linger.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn how to subscribe to Amoda’s Monthly Tea Tasting Box here.

Taster’s Review:

I have wanted to try this Lord Petersham Black Tea Blend from The Devotea for a long time now – and the monthly tea tasting box from Amoda Tea made that possible for me today!  Thank you, Amoda Tea!

The Devotea maintains an active presence on Tea Trade, and that’s our home here on SororiTea Sisters too, so I’ve been hearing a lot about this tea blend.  I tried to win it back when the Devotea was hosting regular giveaways on Tea Trade, but, I never won anything.  Bummer!  I have been meaning to order from them for a while, but, every time I have funds available in my “Can Buy Tea” budget, somehow, I forget to order this!

Now I HAVE to order more of this, because this blend is FREAKING awesome!  Seriously … it’s extraordinarily good.  I know I’ve said that this tea or that tea is good, and I’ve meant it.  But, if you have room for only one black tea in your tea cupboard – this is a tea you should definitely consider as your one and only.   I’ve encountered a few “one and only” black tea blends … this tea blend is absolutely a contender for that distinction as well.

I think that Amoda Tea describes this tea well when they say that it’s medium-body, medium-strength with full-flavor.  It is all those things.  It doesn’t taste or feel too heavy or overwhelming.  It isn’t one of those “kick you in the backside” kind of teas that you would turn to on those mornings when you are too drowsy to focus.  Instead, it’s one of those teas that you drink because you LOVE tea and you want the optimal tea experience.  As I sit here and drink this, I am so astonished at how beautifully round it is.  It is completely satisfying in it’s flavor.

I steeped this for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch, and this worked out perfectly.  It is not overly tannic, it isn’t bitter, it is just … divinely delicious.  A wonderfully balanced cuppa that tastes rich with its notes of sweet honey-like tones, malty goodness, and hints of earthy notes.  There is a citrus-like finish to it.  The smoky tones that Amoda Tea mentions in their description … there is just the right amount of smoke to this blend.  It doesn’t taste aggressively smoky.

This is so close to perfection – this blend – that I can’t think of a black tea blend that I like better than this one at the moment.  There might be one … but, this tastes so good that it is clouding any other opinion that I might have!