Here is an EG that came from Auggy. Who lives in the US. This is relevant because Whittard of Chelsea is an English brand, so they sent European tea to America where she bought it and then sent some back to me in Europe. Detour-tea!
I remember when she wrote the email telling me that this year’s care package (I’ve noticed it’s been almost exactly a year since we last exchanged boxes) would be largely EG themed that she had some comments on this particular one, but I’ll be damned if I can remember now what they were. After I have had a cup, I’ll look it up, but right now I will treat those comments as I do other people’s posts in general on any given tea that I’m writing about. Ignore them and check afterwards whether anybody agrees with me.
The leaves of this one smell rather strongly of bergamot, and it’s bergamot and not just generic sort of citrus. There’s almost a slightly smoky aspect to it as well underneath the bergamot which makes me wonder what the base could possibly be. Another thing I’ll have to see if I can look up afterwards.
After steeping the bergamot seems much milder and the kind of smoky note much stronger. It even seems to have a sort of fruity-sweet sort of quality to it. How peculiar! I associate fruity-sweet in combination with smokiness with LS only, and this is most definitely not LS. I should be able to tell if it were, I rather think.
The bergamot is not really particularly mild in the flavour, but it’s not really strong either. It’s rather perfectly in-between. Obvious, but not overwhelming. It somehow manages to be dusty, floral and semi-smoky all at the same time, which is actually kind of weird. It’s okay, though. It’s quite drinkable. EG will never be a preferred flavour for me, but it’s not impossible that I’m warming to it a little bit.
Husband was quite pleased with this one. He found it greatly enjoyable, but did comment that it comes in direct comparison with a Lipton EG he had at work earlier in the day (against his better judgment) which he had found rather unsatisfactory. Fortunately for him, Auggy provided me with a large-ish amount of it, (in a tin which I’m actually quite certain was sent to her by me last year. Seems very familiar. I think I got it from ssajami originally, so it really is quite a travelling little tin. The stories it could tell!) and it’s something we could easily stock up on should he decide he wanted more of it. It’s just a question of remembering the next time we go to the UK as they have a shop in Cambridge and it’s not uncommon to take a day trip there to do a bit of shopping.
Now, the first part of this review is a few days old, and it’s not actually its turn to be posted yet, really, but I’m bringing it forward anyway because we had it again this afternoon. With a cream tea. That I made. Yes. Well, obviously, I didn’t make the clotted cream myself and I didn’t make the gooseberry jam myself (I bought them myself though!), but I did make the scones and the biscuits and the tea and laid the table. I bought the jam and cream at the newly opened AC Perch’s shop here in Århus and the scones recipe was from the AC Perchs 175 years Jubilee book. They were very easy to make and Husband said they were excellent. If anybody is interested, I’ll translate the recipe and put it in the comments.
Unlike the first time I had this tea where I thought it was okay but not really super-spectacular, THIS is where it really came to its right. It matched the scones and cream and jam perfectly, and felt very much like a luxury item. I honestly don’t think this would have worked as well with any other tea than an EG.
Of course, I had Husband take a photo before we dug in. We are ever so full now (and the biscuits actually all went straight back in the tin.)