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Is it grey, or is it green? Our second Tea of the Month for May is both! Enjoy 15% off the forever favoriteTOLSLL_GRNEGR-16oz_-00_Earl-Grey-Green-Tea-Loose-Leaf-16oz made fresh with bergamot and green tea. Bergamot is a small citrus orange that blossoms in winter.

Tea was originally flavoured with bergamot to imitate the more expensive types of Chinese tea. This practice dates back to the 1820’s in the UK. In 1837 there is a record of a lawsuit against a tea maker who was found to have supplied tea “artificially scented, and, drugged with bergamot in this country.”

The Earl Grey blend, or “Earl Grey’s Mixture,” is assumed to be named after The 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. Lord Grey reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil. The English Tea Store is one of few who takes this original Earl Grey blend and surprises you with a base of green tea.

Editor’s note – I love the word perquisite – so much nicer than today’s “perk.”

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Golden Moon Tippy Earl GreyName: Tippy Earl Grey

Brand: Golden Moon

Type: Black tea, flavored

Form: Loose leaf

Review: It does seem that every tea company has to have its own version of Earl Grey. In fact, I recall a tearoom that proudly declared that it did not offer any teas that are “adulterated” with “flavorings” while unblinkingly including an Earl Grey on its menu. Earl Grey is simply an ingrained part of Western tea culture, and it seems that just about every tea-drinker has their own favorite version of this classic bergamot-flavored black tea.

I think I’ve found mine.

When I opened the package of Tippy Early Grey, I was concerned that this tea would not be to my liking. The bergamot nose was strong and I thought it might overwhelm the tea. But when the dark brown, wiry leaf with a bit of golden tip infused to a dark red-brown liquor, the uber-strong dry nose softened. I sipped, and I sipped again, while the bergamot was sweet and citrusy, it did not overwhelm the very tasty tea. The entire cup was incredibly balanced, leaving no unpleasant aftertaste, which can be a sign of a poorly or cheaply flavored Earl Grey.

Incidentally, Tippy Earl Grey also includes a bit of lavender. While I have tried lavender Earl Grey teas in the past, this particular blend differs from the others in that the lavender is extremely subtle. Instead of tasting lavender, I instead detect a light floral note that becomes especially sweet at the finish. This tea also works well for a second steeping, and is quite delicious when served as an iced tea.

Tippy Earl Grey is a delicious tea that should appeal to most Earl Grey lovers. It is well crafted and well balanced, and is wonderful for sipping as well as a good match with traditional tea sandwiches and cakes. Highly recommended.

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Earl Grey Organic Cream TeaName: Organic Earl Grey Cream

Brand: English Tea Store

Type: Black tea, flavored

Form: Loose leaf

Review: Earl Grey lovers who are looking for something a little different should appreciate this tea. An organic black tea, lightly scented with bergamot, and then flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh cream, Organic Earl Grey Cream is a nifty twist on an old classic.

The dark leaves infuse to a medium amber with a sweet, citrusy nose that reminds me a bit of a Creamsicle. The medium-bodied tea’s flavor is dominated by the strong, organic black tea used to make the blend. The tea is also slightly sweet, with the bergamot playing a supporting role. It also has a slightly bitter note at the finish which is not unpleasant, as it adds a bit of structure.

Recommendation: This tea is robust enough to withstand a bit of milk and/or sugar, so if you like either, go ahead and use it. A nice option for those who prefer a lighter bergamot flavor combined with a hint of sweetness.

Preparation Tips: This is a fairly strong tea, so watch both your steep time and the amount of tea used in preparation to prevent bitter and disagreeable flavors from emerging. Try a scant teaspoon of leaf to 8 oz water and a 2 minute steep time before experimenting further.

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