I’ve been in a French tea frenzy (for some reason I feel the French know what they’re doing when it comes to tea and it doesn’t help that most of my loose leaf tea experience comes from high-end French brands, so I couldn’t resist.) I have been to 3 Winners locations and 3 Homesense and have only had a hit at one of them and this was one of them ones that was left. I always like a good Earl Grey so I bought it. And all in all it’s a steal for 100g and a very cute tin.
At first sniff: I smell the Bergamont very strongly, but then more complex notes come through. Almost oak smelling or woody. I notice the leaves almost have some white tea in it, or at least that’s what it looks like to me. It’s not the strongest Earl Grey I’ve smelled, but not the weakest.
At first steep: Again, the Bergamont comes through. I added cream and a little stevia and it was a very very nice cup of Earl Grey. You can taste the quality of the tea (or at least I think I can) as it definitely has a more unique taste to it. I really like this tea, it would be a good breakfast contender for those days when you want to curl up with a familiar old friend.
On a side note: Anyone in the lower mainland Vancouver near a Homesense or Winners and knows they have some selection. I’ve only been able to find 3 that are of interest to me, but would like to taste or at least see more. I’ve been the locations east of the Port Mann and haven’t stopped by the North shore yet.