Blue of London (Yunnan Earl Grey) from Le Palais des Thés

blue-of-londonTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Le Palais des Thés

Tea Description:

Yunnan is one of the best black teas in the world and with a fresh and delicate bergamot from Calabria, it gives a particularly fine and well balanced blend. An exceptional Earl Grey.

Earl Grey is one of the best-loved English teas. It was first created when Charles Grey, 2nd Earl of Falloden and Foreign Secretary of Britain, received an old recipe from a Mandarin Chinese that called for flavoring tea with bergamot.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tasty Earl Grey from Le Palais des Thés … this Blue of London – or Earl Grey Yunnan.  Tasty … but I don’t know that I would call it exceptional as it is called in the above description.

But it is good.  The Yunnan gives it a very rich flavor that is sweet with notes of caramel and spice, and the slightest hint of chocolate.  It is a strong, invigorating black tea, and I like the way the Yunnan complements the bergamot flavor.  The Yunnan tea is the strongest flavor of the cup, but there is a compelling balance between black tea notes and bergamot.

The bergamot here is a softer bergamot.  Some teas go for a heady bergamot essence and some go for a more subtle approach.  This bergamot is on the subtle side.  It doesn’t whack me upside the head with the tangy citrus notes, nor is it so strong that it comes across as perfume-y.  It is on the delicate side, but it isn’t so delicate that it is not tasted.  I DEFINITELY taste the bergamot here, I just don’t taste a strong, pungent, soapy bergamot that overwhelms the palate with its presence.

And I like that.  As much as I love bergamot – and for those of you that have been reading my reviews for a while probably are well aware of my love affair with the distinguished Mr. Earl Grey – sometimes a subtle, smooth approach is better than coming on strong.  I like that the way the bergamot comes through here.

This is a really good Earl Grey … and the more I sip it, the more I like it.  It isn’t my favorite Earl Grey, which is why I say I wouldn’t classify it as exceptional – I save exceptional for only those I consider my favorites.  But, it IS good, and certainly worth a try, especially if you are a fan of Earl Grey.  Just because it isn’t my favorite doesn’t mean that it won’t be yours!

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