Origin: Organic, fair trade black tea and organic lavender flowers blended with natural essential oils of bergamot and lavender in the U.S.
Flavor Profile: A delightful twist on an enduring classic, with rich notes of malt, chocolate and tannin, and all the brightness and freshness of citrus and lavender.
Tea Story: Earl Grey is one of the most classic teas in existence, and some say it is the most popular flavored tea in the world. Earl Lavender elaborates on the Earl Grey theme of black tea with essential oil of bergamot (a type of citrus akin to tangerine or kumquat) by adding compact, potent lavender blossoms to the brew.
There are hundreds of variations on this elemental blend: Lady Grey, Earl Grey Cream, Earl Green, Imperial Earl Grey and so on; but this simple twist is our favorite of them all. It has an enchanting appearance, with golden tips and green-violet flowers dappling the deep black tealeaves. The aroma of the dry leaves is extraordinary, like complex, juicy notes of bergamot and tangerine zest in the lavender fields of Provence. The brew is a rich, coppery garnet that reveals the boldness of the organic, fair trade black tea at its base.
Malt, chocolate and tannin swell on the palate and are accented by the sharpness of citrus, delicate floral notes and a surprisingly full, velvety mouth feel. The aftertaste is floral, full and lasting, with hints of orange peel and copper. The result is a new level of complexity and dimension in this Western world classic flavored tea.
Samovarian Poetry: At once classic and fresh, full and delicate, bold and nuanced.
Food Pairings: Earl Lavender pairs similarly to Earl Grey, but with an added floral complexity. It is great on its own or with a hint of sugar. Traditional afternoon tea sweets, such as black currant or raisin scones with Devonshire cream, English trifles, custards, fresh fruit tarts, strawberry shortcake and lightly flavored shortbread are all divine with Earl Lavender. It’s also fantastic paired with chocolate sweets (such as vanilla-iced chocolate pound cake, dark chocolate truffles or chocolate chess pie), unadorned fresh fruits or hearty brunch foods (such as flavorful quiches, buttery, savory pastries or rich fruit pastries).