Writing a tea blog gives me lots of opportunities to try teas that are completely new to me and boy are there a lot of them! Embracing tea in the true British style though, I do find that sometimes a good, comforting cup of black tea is impossible to beat. Even with all the incredible oolongs and green teas in my cupboard, black tea still forms the backbone of my day. It’s what I grew up on after all.
Imagine my excitement then when I came home from work, rifled through my tea selections and found a package with a name that suggested great things. It was from a company called The Tea Makers of London and the tea in question was Supreme Earl Grey.
The Tea Makers of London offer a massive choice of high quality loose leaf teas and some amazing looking teaware too. In fact, I can vouch for the teaware first hand as that awesome little glass tea cup and saucer that is in so many of my pictures was a gift from Gabby and bought from The Tea Makers of London’s website. She definitely chose well! Luckily for me, The Tea Makers of London decided to pop a little packet of their Supreme Earl Grey in with the order too and that’s how we’ve got to where we are now.
Earl Grey is one of the nation’s favourite teas and is often thought of as quintessentially British. I’ve written about it before when I sampled some of Adagio Tea’s Earl Grey Moonlight, which was a softer take on the classic flavoured tea, and also a beautiful rooibos version by LEAF called Earl of Africa. This particular Earl Grey is more of a classic example of the beloved tea and made with premium ingredients so I was expecting great things!
The Tea Makers of London use Ceylon tea (that’s Sri Lankan black tea) from the Nuwar Eliya and Dimulla regions which are renowned for producing high quality and robust black tea. This is then infused with bergamot oil for that classic floral taste and then peppered with vivid cornflower petals that, above all, make the tea look pretty damn good.
So let’s get to the drinking then shall we? The packet suggested steeping the tea with water straight off the boil for three to five minutes so I poured in the water, faffed around for a little while, added a dash of milk, and I was ready to go. The tea had an incredibly powerful, almost heady, floral scent to it while it was brewing, and it was these familiar notes that were instantly noticeable on the first taste. There was such a clarity to the bergamot taste which was unlike any of the bagged Earl Grey teas I have tried in the past. I once thought these were relatively flavourful but now in comparison they seem dull and unimposing. The floral notes were perfectly counterbalanced by the robust Ceylon tea which was strong but not overly bitter, exactly what you’d want from a Ceylon. Most importantly, it provided that refreshed and revived feeling that Earl Grey’s are so good at delivering, giving your brain and your taste buds a little wake up call in the process.
To put it very simply, this is a tea that I will definitely drink again. It even found favour with my Mum, a die hard Earl Grey drinker, and if passes the Mum test, you know it’s got to be a good one! You can find The Tea Makers of London’s Supreme Earl Grey here, and judging by how good that one is, I think I might have to order some of there other teas too.
Are you an Earl Grey lover? Are there any other classic teas you think I should try? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.