Green of London is a particularly fine and well-balanced blend, consisting of an excellent Chinese green tea, a fresh and delicate bergamot, and flower petals - cornflower and blue mallow. An exceptional Earl Grey, finally available with a green tea base!
Earl Grey has been a great English classic ever since Charles Grey, 2nd Earl of Falloden and Foreign Secretary went on to become Prime Minister in 1830. For saving the life of the Chinese Mandarin, he received in gratitude a specially scented tea flavoured with oil of bergamot.
Leaf Type: Green (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Le Palais des Thés
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 6g per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 170°F
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Trying more teas from Le Palais des Thés has been on my to-do list since I first discovered them last year and I hope to stop by their store in Paris if I have a moment. So far I've enjoyed many of their blends and have found that their signature teas are reasonably priced at $15 for a 3.5 ounce package. One thing that caught my attention while I was browsing their website the other day was their line of Grand Cru (Rare) teas. These teas have a pretty hefty price tag; the most expensive costs $130 for a 3.5 ounce package. With a price tag like that I do have to wonder if it is worth the cost, but I can't afford to look at, much less taste such pricey teas.
Although I do still dream...
One tea I don't have to dream about is their Earl Grey Mao Feng (Green of London.) It's priced at a point that I can afford so I tend to keep it on hand for the times where I want something traditional with a twist. This non-traditional Earl Grey is made with a Mao Feng green tea base flavored with bergamot oil and blended with cornflower and blue mallow petals to give it a hint of color. It really is the best of both worlds as I can taste the sweet, grassy green base as well as the strong orange flavor of the bergamot oil. It’s a nice change of pace from the classic earl grey blends I typically enjoy and it still remains one of my favorite teas from this company.
My Rating: 91/100
Would I order this again? Yes. I find that Earl Grey Mao Feng makes a much better iced tea than traditional Earl Grey so I love to keep it on hand, especially during the summer months.