Type: Black tea, flavored
Form: Silken tea bags, individually wrapped (loose leaf is available)
Price: $7.95 for 15 teabags (September 12th, 2013)
Review: Earl Grey is often a gateway tea: It’s ubiquitous and many people develop a taste for it even if they aren’t normally tea drinkers. Some of these folks, such as myself, eventually move on to the pleasures of unflavored teas. Still, there are times when I really do appreciate a nice cup of steaming Earl Grey.
Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Earl Grey is a lovely, refined version of this classic tea. The cup infuses to a medium amber, with a beautiful, rich bergamot nose.
Once brewed, the bergamot flavor dominates the relatively mild, medium-bodied base tea. I should note that this bergamot oil has a slight floral quality and is less citrusy than some may expect. I don’t mind this, but some may feel differently. I was able to get a fairly decent second steep, but would recommend using a fresh teabag (or spoonful of leaf) for each cup.
Recommendation: I think this is a great organic Earl Grey for the price. My only caution is that some Earl Grey drinkers may find its floral notes “perfumy,” a quality that some Earl Grey drinkers object to.
Preparation Tips: Don’t allow Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Earl Grey to over-steep. Check tea after a three minute steep to avoid bitterness.