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loose leaf earl grey

ENGLISH GENTLEMAN – EARL GREY VANILLA / The Tea Crew

Splendid. My tea is now cold. Still tastes good though.

The moment the aroma from the open packet entered my nose I knew I’d love this one. The aroma has a kick of bergamot with the perfect amount of vanilla to soothe it out. If you happen to go shovel and forget that you have a cuppa it will still have plenty of flavor when you get back. Personally though I think it’s better when its hot.

The black base comes out a bit more when cold and I found that interesting. Generally the bergamot and vanilla overpower the base at all times but not for this one. I’m excited to try this one as a latte or as they call it a London Fog Latte.

Before you get too excited and go off to order a pouch do note this company is based in the U.K. That being said it’s a really nice blend so maybe go order it anyway.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The Tea Crew
Description:

If our Earl Grey vanilla tea was a person it would definitely be Cary Grant. The epitome of sophistication, an English gentleman.

Full of flavour with a smooth creamy taste and vanilla overtones.

This goes exceptionally well with an afternoon tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Touch of Grey/Dem Bones

Hello dear readers, I come bringing a brew that is more than welcome in my ever growing tea shelf. It is from a brand that has captured my heart in its macabre design and its quirky humor. Their first product that caught my eye was their sugar skull cubes but when I found out that Dem Bones also had tea I just had to try it.

This tea features an invigorating blend of orange pekoe, bergamot oil, the dried flower petals of marigold, cornflower, and rose. The pekoe is the jolt of energy at the start and then it mellows out with the trio of flowers with the hint of bergamot oil keeping that citrusy flavor all throughout each sip.

Now on the prices, on Etsy and on her site DemBonesShoppe, you can only purchase a 2-ounce bag of tea for $11. Which I believe is a really good price considering that most of the bigger names in tea sell a 1 ounce tin of tea for about $5+. Additionally, as far as I know, you cannot purchase samples outright but I do believe that you can message Dem Bones, either on the site or on Etsy, for more information.

All in all, I believe this tea is a new staple in my tea lineup. I like to look at it as a sister to my other all-time favorite, The Picture of Earl Gray by Noveltea Tins. So if you like the sound of a flowery tea but don’t want to sacrifice caffeine I say that this a great mix of both worlds.

See you for the next cuppa!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Dem Bones

Description

Party with the dead and lift your spirits with this insanely aromatic floral tea blend.

The Orange Peoke hold it’s own to the citrusy fruitiness of Bergamot Oil. Rose, cornflower and Marigold petals grace the blend not only with a burst of color but enhance the citrus notes. This is a classic!

Try it with a dash of cream and Dem Bones Sugar Cube Skulls.

INGREDIENTS: Black Tea Blend (camellia sinesis), Marigold Petals (calendula officinalis), Cornflower Petals (centaurea cyanus), Rose Petals (rosa canina), and Bergamot Oil.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Earl Grey Le Creme from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I know lots of people hate bergamot. They are easy to spot. They almost always refer to it as “blergamot.” You know who you are!

But lots of novice tea drinkers start with Earl Grey and its variations and consider it to be the pinnacle of fine English tea. It is often associated with crumpets and scones and clotted cream, with fine china and linen napkins and lofty classical music playing. Civilized and refined.

My opinion is somewhere in between. A good cup of Earl Grey is very relaxing to me. Citrus scents do seem to lift my spirits and make me smile, but if a cup of tea goes TOO lemon-y or sour, I am not a happy camper and the blerg gets tossed.

This Earl is essenced with bergamot, vanilla, and cream flavors, all on an organic black tea base. It is a very pretty tea with the blue cornflowers mixed in with the deep, rich looking tea leaves. It would be lovely to display on the table in a tea scoop, tea boat, or dainty cup.

Will it get tossed? Not on your life! It has a lovely, smooth, sweet flavor even with no sugar added, though if you like sugar in your tea, a little sprinkle would do no harm to this cup. The bergamot flavor is pretty mild, and the cream scent is right on top and very noticeable even while it is steeping. The vanilla adds sweetness and body.

And get this! I like the resteep even better! Woohoo!

Advertised as an afternoon tea, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to have this for breakfast, as well. I think the only people who would object to that would be folks who like ultrastrength builder’s tea in the morning, but I can’t take that sort of manhandling in the a.m.

Though out of stock at the time of this writing, hopefully it will be back in stock soon. Otherwise, I might feel guilty about making you want some.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Our Earl Grey Le Creme is a forgiving indulgence essenced with bergamot, vanilla and cream. Go ahead, treat yourself!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Delightful Morning Blend from Plum Deluxe. . . .

There are times when I simply need a good, strong Earl Grey. The Delightful Morning Blend from Plum Deluxe is perfect for those times. What makes it unique is the addition of lavender and a hint of vanilla. All of Plum Deluxe’s teas are organic and made in small batches.

I love a pot of Delightful Morning served with milk and sugar on a lazy Sunday. Today was not-so-lazy, but this lovely blend gave me the perfect boost for the start of a busy day. It is equally amazing on ice!

Plum Deluxe is a mail order tea company based in Portland, Oregon. I discovered them on Instagram last year and joined their tea of the month club. Every month, members receive a purple envelope with a new surprise blend of tea! They also have a members-only Facebook page with some of the nicest people you will meet. However, one does not have to be a member to order from the wonderful selection of teas and accessories on their website.

I wasn’t a fan of Earl Grey until I started to try good-quality, loose leaf varieties. Now it is one of my favorites. For anyone who may have similar misgivings about Earl Grey, try a cup of Plum Deluxe’s Delightful Morning Blend and you may start to think differently about Earl Grey.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Plum Deluxe
Description

Originally we created this tweak of our Mindful Morning earl grey with a pinch of Oregon lavender for the many flower festivals we visit during the spring and summer – and lucky day, it’s now available online.

The fresh lavender adds a softness and balance to the astringency of the bergamot, accented by the vanilla notes in the base black tea. It is truly wonderful iced or hot.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Duke of Earl from Blackbird Tea Co.

DukeEarlTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Blackbird Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Unstoppably smooth, much more so than his cousin, that stuffy 19th century aristocrat. Our organic black tea is infused with Italian bergamot oil and a little bit of swagger. Drink up for inspiration.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Blackbird Tea Co makes some tasty teas and this one is no exception to that rule.

I brewed this tea up to treat myself to a hot beverage to warm me up from the cold office.  I swear our office is an ice box!

But this, that, and the other got in the way of my tea drinking experience so by the time I got around to this tea, it was cold.  I went ahead and took a sip and this tea is such a forgiving loving tea!

As an iced tea, this tea was perfect for the fans that like a light earl grey touch to their teas.  This wasn’t an overwhelming earl grey/bergamot oil flavor, but more of a kiss.  The black tea was subtle and didn’t become astringent.  Such a smooth iced earl tea to keep me going thru the day.

When I first started steeping this, the tea had a pretty strong earl grey flavor.  I’m curious now if this has a really strong earl grey flavor when hot but cooled the flavors are muted.  So nice to end my day with at the office.

And if you are keeping up with my sipdown adventures this is #15.  Woohoo!