Classic EarlRegular price $6.25
Origin: Blended at Westholme
Ingredients: Assam, Oil of Bergamot (certified organic, cold-pressed, 100% oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy)
Description: Earl Grey tea is favoured by many throughout the Western world. Though its creation is fairly recent, it is not truly known if the British Prime minister Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey, actually inspired this popular tea blend. A true Earl Grey tea consists of a fine black tea scented with the unique fragrance of pure oil of bergamot. The oil is taken from the rinds of the bergamot orange, or Citrus bergamia, a plant native to Italy. We use a whole-leaf Assam with a nice body and a smooth finish as the base tea for our Classic Earl, then add a true Italian cold-pressed, organic oil of Bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The fragrance is bright and fresh; the flavour is delightful. This combination produces one of the truest and finest Earl Greys you will ever drink.
Tasting Notes: A high-quality Earl Grey is prized for its beautiful, uplifting aroma, citrus taste, and robust steep. Ours is no exception. The lively aroma of fresh bergamot peel is accompanied by sweet malt notes on the nose. This flavour translates to a warm cup with steep that is smooth, yet bold. This tea has lovely depth of flavour. The astringency builds to a pleasant tannin bite mid-tongue, reminiscent of fresh lemon, then fades quickly into a gentle, refreshing linger. Elegant, crisp, and completely comforting.
Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. steep 3-5 minutes.
*Please note that our Earl Grey Blends contain pure Oil of Bergamot. They are therefore not suitable for those with allergies to citrus fruits.*
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
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