You guys know me and tins. I am such a sucker for a pretty tin! So it’s always a big bonus when the tea that comes in it is good too!
I can’t remember how I came across Ette Tea – probably linked from somewhere else. They are a boutique tea company that currently has five blends. The service from them is very personal and friendly, and my order came with a handwritten note!
All of the packaging and presentation was lovely. The double -lidded tin itself is so elegant, and the graphics on everything are so understated and classy. In addition to the tin I ordered, a small box of hand made tea bags (I had never seen anything like them before) was included, with samples of the Fortune Cookie Chai tea that they also sell. That was the other one I really wanted to try, so good call Ette!
“Kris Grey” is obviously a take on Earl Grey, and the name suggested to me that it would be a bit naughty. I think the naughtiness comes in with the addition of edible silver dust. You know me and my sparkle pony teas, so I was really excited about that. I poured the leaf out on a plate and found that the add ins were really pretty. There are blue flowers, and in some cases the whole flower bud is there. So nice!
The dry leaf smelled so very strongly of bergamot that I was a tiny bit apprehensive about the tea (even though I like bergamot), but it’s spot on beautifully balanced. Real vanilla beans turn it into a hint of Earl Grey Cream, but it’s just a whisper. I also get a little aftertaste of lemon, which is intriguing and refreshing.
I have to say that I am really happy I ordered this one and look forward to more flavor combinations from Ette Tea.
Oh, as a side note – there were no steeping parameters on the tin, so I went with 1 t / 8 oz and 195 temp. Why 195 you ask? Well because I made the tea in my Davids Tea Carry Mug, and it is so effective that I had to start lowering the 212 temp to 195, otherwise I will grow old and wrinkly before the tea is cool enough to drink (even with the lid off!)