Strong Earl Grey Tea from Shanti Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Tea Description:

Using a GBOP grade of black tea for this earl grey, and blending it with extra bergamot essence makes creates an infusion especially well suited for london fogs or for those seeking a strong bergamot flavor in their tea. Much stronger than the classic, malty notes, and a lively cup. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

If you’ve been reading my tea reviews for any length of time, you are probably well aware of my love for Earl Grey.  I am WILD about Earl Grey as well as the many variations on this classic favorite, so, when I learned about this Strong Earl Grey Tea from Shanti Tea, you know I had to try it!

And I’m SO happy to be tasting this amazing Earl Grey.  I have my favorite Earl Grey teas – and after having recently learned that one of my very favorites is no longer available – I think I may have just found one to replace that one.  This is a remarkable Earl Grey tea!

The bergamot is indeed strong – this tea is very appropriately named!  It tastes tart with a really delightful citrus tang to it, but, I’m happy to report that it doesn’t taste like perfume.  There is a really skillful balance here.  It offers a strong bergamot essence without tasting like the perfume-ish elements of bergamot.   I taste the citrus here, not so much the flowery taste of the bergamot.

The black tea is rich and slightly malty, and offers a very pleasing backdrop for the bergamot.  I think … if I were to change anything at all about this tea, it would be that I would like a slightly richer black tea base to support the bergamot – something more “filling” like perhaps a Fujian black.  But, aside from that, I’m finding myself very pleased with what I’m tasting here.

This is a really REALLY good Earl Grey – if you’re a fan of Earl Grey like I am, I highly recommend trying this one.

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