This blend is much loved by all devotees of Earl Grey. A blend of Chinese and Ceylon black teas flavored with bergamot, lemon and lime. This was one of Kusmi's first teas, created in the 19th century, shortly after the appearance of 'Earl Grey' tea.
Earl Grey is without doubt the world's most popular flavored black tea. It owes its name to Earl Grey, an early 19th century British Prime Minister. Traditionally flavored with bergamot, Kusmi has employed all its expertise in order to create a more 'tangy' version by adding lemon and lime to the traditional bergamot, a small citrus fruit from Sicily.
We suggest to enjoy this tea during the afternoon.
Main flavor: Citrus fruits
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Kusmi Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 194°F
Steep Time: 3 - 4 minutes
I hadn't planned on reviewing an earl grey two weeks in a row, but I've had to push back the TeaVivre samples yet again since I'm still sick and I've run out of the posts I keep in reserve. It seems like I've had a lot of things going on that have kept me from writing lately, hopefully that will change soon. Anyway, I didn't want you to miss out on Tuesday Tea just because I'm sick again, so I thought I would review one of the teas that I recently had the opportunity to try from the traveling tea box that I'm taking part of.
Now if you have no idea what a traveling tea box is, let me explain. Picture a box.
Well, that is a start anyway... now picture a much bigger cardboard box (I should have been more descriptive I guess.)
Ahhh... that's better!
And that box is full of tea (it wouldn't be a traveling tea box without tea.) In fact, my particular TTB had over 60 different types of tea for me to sample. I've removed a few ounces here and there and put in some great teas for everyone after me to enjoy. Doesn't that sound like heaven?
Ok, now I'm just being loopy from lack of sleep and more cold medicine than any one person should consume. So without further ado, here is Tea #37 from Another Traveling Tea Box.
It took a few cups, but this tea really began to grow on me. At first I didn’t really think it tasted like an earl grey, but as the tea cooled I was able to separate out some of the flavors and really appreciate the additions of lemon and lime. This is a huge accomplishment for me because I am absolutely not a citrus fan and generally turn my nose up at anything with citrus in it. This is officially tea #2 that includes lemon that I will drink. I've actually become rather addicted to tea #1, so I suppose I am making progress in my dislike of all things citrus.
Anyway, I thought this tea was a little bitter when hot, but it all evened out as the tea began to cool. I’ve decided to pull this tea from the box, the citrus really makes my sore throat feel better. This cold I have just won’t go away.
My Rating: 80/100
Would I order this again? Yes! I see this being a staple in my cupboard during cold season and this really surprised me because I'm not a citrus fan.