I sit here mulling over the cup of Earl Grey in my hands and wonder just what I have gotten myself in for by deciding to review as many Earl Grey teas as I can this year. With every sip I take, the question ‘How do you talk about Tea?’ comes to mind and I start to panic. Alas another sip of tea calms me down and the cycle begins again.
To make things easier on myself, I have decided to tackle a tea I would class as fairly standard and fingers crossed easy to describe…
The tea in question is Twining’s Earl Grey blend, which in my mind is a really great every day tea. I consider it a very affordable tea with a satisfying taste.
If you want to know a secret about me, I will often only drink Earl Grey Tea. Even so much that I generally carry around Earl Grey tea bags with me when visiting friends that I know won’t have it. Take this as you will: fussy or just good taste? 😀
So back to the tea: Twinings it was…
This tea has a lovely rounded flavour to it, with only a small amount of Bergamot flavouring (often it can quite powerful and not to everyone’s taste). I like this tea with or without milk but I never take it with lemon strangely. I think this is something I will have to try this year.
Now the packet says this blend has lemon in it but I couldn’t really taste it myself. This tea is perfect for anyone who fancies trying something a little different but isn’t quite brave enough for something stronger like Orange Pekoe or Lapsang Souchong!
The Earl Grey aroma is strong and the tea in general has a rough taste to it.
I leave these teabags about 2-3 minutes to steep (brew) and this gives me a strong brown shade of tea with a very full, heavy taste. I feel quite full after a mug full of this. As you can see it tastes even better when it’s sipped out of a beautiful mug.
Overall I give this tea a solid 8 out of 10. This is mainly because I prefer loose leaf tea. I will endeavour to improve my tea descriptions but I do hope you try it yourself or let me know what you think of it if you’ve already sampled it.
P.S. Don’t forget some nice looking pink iced buns on an Emma Bridgewater plate….it’s a pretty essential addition don’t you think….no…well never mind…they sure were tasty!