Let me start off by saying that Earl Grey is my favourite tea, hands down. I don’t think it should be interfered with. The delicate, floral bergamot oil paired with heady black tea makes for a blend that’s just right and makes an excellent base for London Fog, Earl Grey hot chocolates or just a plain (but sublime) cuppa. Twinings’ attempt at combining other florals with it, such as rose and lavender, turned what could have been a well balanced blend into an over perfumed mess, rather akin to the bedroom of a fussy old lady. Lady Grey is an abomination. Bergamot was never meant to be paired with overwhelming amounts of citrus. The fragrant nature of it becomes lost.
I digress. Until I’d tasted this blend, I really thought Earl Grey was best left alone. T2 have somehow found the perfect combination of fruits and florals to enhance the elegant, aromatic nature of the bergamot whilst still letting the flavour profile of their base black show through to create a tea that is seductive, complex and still somehow fresh, without the slight bitterness that Earl Grey usually comes with. Fantastic blend.