Black Shuck Earl Greay/Wendigo Tea Co

Photo Credit: Wendigo Tea Co.

Continuing with all things Spooky. . . Black Shuck Earl Grey. . . .

I was a little afraid to try this tea, and not because of the legendary hell hound on the logo.

It was because of the bergamot.

Bergamot haters call it blergamot. I’m not a hater, but I am VERY particular about my Earls.
With a name like Black Shuck, I thought this one might run me over.

One of the worst combinations for me is bergamot on high elevation Ceylon tea, which already has loads of lemony notes. The result is SOUR. This tea promised natural bergamot orange zest on a delicate Indian black tea base. it delivered more than it promised.

I was expecting to be manhandled. It is called Black Shuck, after all. The aroma was rich and deep, and the bergamot was…mild? What’s this? Well-behaved bergamot? Not fake perfume to make my tongue curl up in despair?

It took me several minutes to figure out what the base is reminding me of. It smelled and tasted like a Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tip tea, known for its baked sweet potato aromas. The bergamot is just perfect in this for me. I really don’t like it to be “in my face.”

While they call this a delicate Indian base, I am inclined to call it an elegant Indian base with exactly the right amount of the right kind of natural bergamot.

Now who’s afraid of the big Black Shuck? Not me. Bring it on.

Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Wendigo Tea Co.


am Black Shuck, and I haunt the graveyard of English Prime Minister Earl Grey. I am the bloodthirsty beast that dwells in the shadows. I am a legendary hell hound, and I’m ready to pounce.

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