Earl of Grey from The Tea Spot

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Tea Spot

Tea Description:

This unique blend takes traditional Earl Grey to the next level by combining the expected bergamot flavoring on full leaf black tea then adding the perfect proportions of other citruses, vanilla, licorice root, and mallow flowers. The result is a captivating aroma and a deep liquor with a well-balanced, smooth, bright, and slightly creamy flavor profile. This tea is for those who like to veer from tradition, explore new ground, and a must for those with fond memories of the orange-creamsicles of childhood. It pairs perfectly with strong cheeses or creme brulee.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

What an interesting take on the traditional Earl Grey.

I took my first couple of sips without having read the above description of this tea, and so I had not realized that there was more to this tea than bergamot and black tea.  This is not the usual Earl Grey!

But I’m always eager to try new twists on the classic Earl Grey.  And this tea definitely qualifies as a twist on the classic!  The bergamot tones have been softened significantly by the addition of other citrus flavors, vanilla, and licorice root.  These additions curb the sometimes sharp notes of the bergamot, and instead offer a smoother, rounder taste.

The black tea provides a nice background, it is a moderately strong black tea that doesn’t attempt to overpower the other flavors.  It is content to sit in the background and do its thing.  The citrus notes are tangy, the vanilla adds a nice creamy sweetness, and the licorice root adds a little something.  It doesn’t really taste licorice-y, but the licorice notes are there.  They just seem to meld so seamlessly with the flavor of the bergamot that its difficult to discern where the bergamot ends and the licorice begins … if that makes sense.  These two seem very well suited to one another.

The end result is a sweet, very well-rounded, full-bodied Earl Grey experience that I’m enjoying very much.  This is definitely the Earl Grey for those who find that bergamot can be too overwhelming for them.  I’d also recommend it to those who are quite fond of Earl Grey but want something a little different from the usual.

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