Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: ESP Emporium
Earl Grey is the most popular flavored tea. This classic has been known for ages as a black tea, and green tea lovers have long waited for the Sencha variation. But now, your waiting has come to an end. We introduced this blend very successfully some years ago. Our exquisite Sencha base was flavored with high-quality bergamot flavor and richly decorated with lemon peel and orange blossoms. Earl Grey friends can now finally discover green tea – and vice versa.
As many of you are well aware, I love Earl Grey black tea. However, I’m not always so keen on Earl Grey green teas. Sometimes, I find that the bergamot and green tea just don’t jive, but, occasionally, I’ll find one that gets it right. Well, ESP Emporium got it right!
I suspect that it is the addition of the lemon peel and the orange blossoms that make the difference here, as well as the lightened flavor of the bergamot. ESP Emporium didn’t go heavy on the bergamot with this blend. It is light and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus flavor. The taste is clean and delicate enough to let the sweet, fresh taste of the Sencha tea to come through.
The Sencha tastes refreshing, with nutty notes and a hint of butter. There is a faint astringency that doesn’t completely dry the palate, but, cleans it enough so that the buttery sensation doesn’t linger and allow the tongue to become sodden with a buttery taste that muddles the other flavors of the tea.
I really like this Earl Grey variation. It is a delicious twist on a familiar taste for me. It is a tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced, and if you like a little sweetener in your Earl Grey this one would take well to that addition (but be light-handed with it, or you may overwhelm the cup), but I don’t recommend adding milk to it. This tea is far too delicate for such an addition.
I would recommend this to all Earl Grey fans out there! It’s a winner!