Earl Grey is one of those teas that I get a sudden craving for, and when I do nothing else can substitute that lovely Bergamot taste. This Tregothnan tea has the balance just right, between their own home grown tea, the finest assam, and British grown bergamot oil, and has become my go-to tea when such cravings strike.
Whilst in the sample stage of PostTea I was lucky enough to recieve samples of four different Tregothnan teas, and this was my favourite. I received a box of ten individual wrapped bags, which is perfect for keeping them fresh. In fact, the lack of decent individually wrapped teas is a bug bear for me, so this was a definite added bonus. As one reviewer has mentioned, the tea bags are a little tight in their foil wrap, but I managed to open it without ripping. The outer box for the tea is beautiful, just British enough without being tacky, but distinctive enough to identify as British.
As I had the bagged tea to try, I only attempted one steep. If you follow Tregothnan’s instructions they simply suggest boiling water, and a brew of 2-3 minutes. I knew this was going to be too light for, I’m much more a ‘leave the bag in’ kinda tea drinker, so I brewed mine for five minutes and absolutely loved the rich Bergamot flavour, balancing the rich malty Tregothnan tea, which I know well from their Classic Blend. There are some delightful citrus-y undertones too. All in all this is an exceptionally balanced Earl Grey when drunk black. I balanced mine with just the tiniest dash of milk – I find that the Tregothnan teas ‘hold’ the milk very well and you certainly don’t need more than the smallest dribble. As always I had this tea unsweetened, but I’m sure a little honey would be lovely in there too, if that’s how you take it! I’m going to try the next cup black with a slice of lemon. In fact, I might just do that now!
This is Most English cup of Earl Grey tea you will ever have – and it definitely won’t disappoint!