TeaG’s signature Earl Grey- the most popular tea in their Chicago shop, they told us back when we lived in Chicagoland. I must admit it’s just about the perfect winter afternoon drink, and now that we live in Houston I’m missing the excuse to indulge in these. This is so smooth that the black tea doesn’t create that awful dry mouth astringency delivered by some black teas/earl greys. I’d actually say this is just about the perfect Earl Grey and I don’t think I’ve tasted a better one, even at Tea G’s Earl Grey tea tasting event in Chicago. Thankfully Tea G does mail-order on some of its items.
A nice splash of soy milk makes me happy.
It just won the category in the World Tea Championship, and I used it to smoke a pork loin. It’s the most fragrant Earl Grey in the world, and makes a fabulous flavorful tea. But in this culinary experiment, it created a sweet, citrusy smoky flavor. Pretty amazing.
I thought this was pretty good. There’s one slight problem with it—a problem shared by many earl greys I’ve tried with the exception of Lipton’s Imperial Earl Grey and some British one I haven’t logged yet—something about the floral element of it tastes too lavender-y to me. In the German version I’ve got in the pantry, I’ve found it to be a much bigger problem than it was in the case of this tea. The bergamot in this case blended right in with the tea base, and there was no bitterness. Lipton’s Imperial Earl Grey doesn’t taste like lavender or ever have that peppery element I’ve experienced in some bergamot-containing teas, and I still think it is my favourite earl grey, but I’d probably put this one second. It’s kind of weak, though. It’s a bit like the second steeping of the Lipton. Longer steeping could change that, but I didn’t want to get bitterness, so I heeded the recommended few minutes. Good with sweetener and no milk.
I am a big fan of this tea – a bold and robust Earl Grey! A little astringency but no bitterness at all. The citrus aspects of the bergamot are much stronger than the sour rind notes – works quite well with the black tea. Both the dry leaf and the brewed tea have a strong and delightful aroma. This is a very refreshing tea!
this tea is classic! strong and fresh in his character. soothing and friendy on rainy sundays. i really hate the word but it’s a “fine” tea, hazy, full bodied, simple in substance but complex in practice. i like to add a lil sugar and milk, but the taste is fantastic when you drink it pure also. In my opinion its the best earl grey tea gschwendner is selling.