The Earl Grey Tea blend from English Tea Store is a blend of Indian and Ceylon teas. The tea gets its unusual flavor from oil of Bergamot, which is a small acidic orange. The latest research indicates that the Bergamot orange is a cross between the sweet or pear lemon (Citrus Limetta) and the Seville or sour orange (Citrus Aurantium). The sour orange is native to southern Vietnam, hence the Chinese connection.
This tea has a light refreshing taste, and can be served hot with or without milk or sugar. It can also be used to make iced tea.
98% or more of this tea comes from estates that are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The ETP is an initiative started within the tea industry to monitor and regulate living and working conditions on estates around the world.
Available in 2 sizes (Please select from the options above):
- Contents loose leaf tea net weight 4 ounces
- Contents loose leaf tea net weight 16 ounces (1 pound)
Ingredients: Black Tea, Bergamot Flavouring
*Packaging may vary.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 portion pack for each 7 - 9 ounce/200 - 260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3 - 7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher):(to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea, 6 tea bags or 6 Q3 portion packs into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the bags. Add ice and top - up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 portion pack into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6 - 7ounce/170 - 200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality tea s may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)
I happened across The English Tea Store’s Earl Grey Metropolitan blend, and it answered both criteria: strong reviews and *very* reasonable price.
The purchase transaction was painless, and delivery was *very* quick (I ordered my tea the 8th of January and received it the 13th). A clear, easy-to-read packing slip was included in the box, as was a neat little flyer highlighting some of the store’s products.
I am now enjoying my first large glass of iced Metropolitan blend. It has a lovely, strong, mellow bergamot flavor -- very floral and aromatic. I likely should have steeped mine a bit longer, since the black tea flavor is a little overpowered by bergamot.
With more steep time to develop the flavor, I might well call this a five-star tea.
In short, the price is right and the flavor is very, very good. I definitely recommend giving the English Tea Store’s Earl Grey Metropolitan Blend a try.
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