I received a few ounces of this from the lovely Tabby, and after nearly a week with no earl grey in my house it was one of the best packages I’ve ever opened.
Hah, Admittedly bergamot withdrawal might of skewed my opinion of that first cup, so I’m reviewing my second, freshly steeped at boiling and five, sweetened with a very light agave nectar.
I normally try to refrain from comparing directly to other tea’s, in such cases if you’ve never had the other tea you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, but… This reminds me alot of Harny and Sons Paris, it has that same gounding in the vanilla with the bergamot ontop, there errily similar, although without a cup of harny next to this I couldn’t render an opinion on which was better, if you’ve had Paris by H&S you have a very good idea of this tea.
If you havn’t though… I’ll do my best to describe, the black tea itself is very good, if you focus past the citrus and vanilla there’s this warm base of fine European style black tea, earthy and warm and in the background, the bass guitar of this tea if you will, the main event or…center stage if you will is the bergamot and the vanilla and its interesting how they work together, the bergamot is immediate like any good earl grey but instead of it lingering its almost washed away by a wave of warm sweet vanilla, and lingers for a while just above the last notes of the tea itself. I love the one two, the three piece band thing this tea has going for it.
My only concern is actually the vanilla, its a little too powerful, and this is of course my preference, but I love bergamot in my earl grey (LOTS of it), I can’t tell if there’s just too little, or if the vanilla is so powerful that it drowns the citrus notes out, but again preference there.
When it comes down to it one of the better Earl Grey’s I’ve had, certainly surprising, and while if I had free choice of anything I might pick something from H&S, This tea gave me a very pleasant morning at work, and a more pleasant hour before bed writing this, and I love it for that.