Seller Description: "Famously highbrow and high grown, our Earl Grey is top of the tier when it comes to this timeless classic. A tip of the hat is ensured with the haughty aromatic bergamot that adds amazing refined tart orange to this dark full leaf with prized tiny silver tips, giving this extraordinarily rich black tea its refreshing iconic taste. Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones and a creamy vanilla finish." Cost: $3.80/2oz Teaware: 16-ounce capacity hand-thrown mug Measured dry: 1tsp Water Temperature: Boiling Steeping Time: 4 minutes Additives: 1-1/2tbsp Sugar in the Raw, dash milk
My first tea of the quest! As I sip this, I close my eyes and travel back to my semester in London. I’m back in my homestay, with two young boys tearing around a kitchen in Harrow while their mother bakes toast in the oven and yells at them. While it may sound like a trope, that truly was my introduction to morning tea. I’d had Lemon Zinger before, and the random herbal, but coffee was always the way of the morning in my parents’ household.
I’ve been living on teabags for too long, and going back to loose leaf is a wonderful experience. Reading the other reviews on Steepster, I know this isn’t a huge favorite but my palate is adjusting to the change, and right now I find this soothing and just plain wonderful.
My husband had to leave early, so instead of breaking out the teapot and tiny cups we went for the big pottery mugs – all the better to caffeinate you, m’ dear! I used about 1tsp tea with 1-1/2 tablespoons Sugar in the Raw and a dash of milk.
Sipping it now, I am surprised at the licorice aftertaste. It’s not something I remember, so I’m left wondering if it’s unique to this tea. Other than that small outlier, it’s a wonderfully smooth cup that lets me slide fully into consciousness and prepare to face the day.
Prominent Notes: Bergamot Aftertaste: Licorice Overall: A solid contender for the top tier!