Hey There Teacups! I’m back again today with another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it’s all about a delicious Earl Grey from a company by the name of Cheeky Chai. I was first introduced to Cheeky Chai through the #TeaHour weekly chat on twitter and having talk tea with them for a long time I couldn’t have been more excited to be able to collaborate with them here on my blog.
Cheeky Chai very kindly sent me three of their teas to try so over the next few months you’ll see them feature at least 3 times. From the title you’ll probably be able to guess that today’s post is all about their classic Earl Grey. To find out what the two other teas they sent are you’ll have to stick around for future posts.
You all know how much I love Earl Grey, so when I saw that Cheeky Chai had included some in the package they sent I was so happy. I’m sure you can all imagine how easy it was for me to choose which tea to try first. Cheeky Chai’s Earl Grey has a Chinese black tea base and the only additional ingredient is bergamot oil. I love that they’ve gone down the classic route for their Earl Grey as it make it’s really customisable and you can add any additional ingredients to taste. (I often add a little lemon or orange to mine just to give it that citrus twist)
Aroma: Malt, Wood, Earth, Floral. – The bergamot is the strongest note aroma wise (not a bad thing at all)
Shape: Smallish Broken Leaves – Slightly Twisted.
Colour: Dark Black & Brown.
Aroma: Malt, Wood, Earth, Sweet, Honey, Floral, Citrus.
Shape: Smallish – twisted shape lost while steeping. They opened up a lot more than I thought they would.
Colour: Black, Brown, A few hints of Dark Green.
I used 4g of this tea and I managed to get 9 steeps out of it. I’ll be honest in saying that when I saw the size of the leaves I didn’t think I’d get that many steeps out of it (maybe 2-4 at the most) but clearly I was wrong. Overall this was a delicious earl grey it was much more mellow than any Earl Grey I’ve had before that’s not a bad thing at all. In fact for a long time now I’ve been looking for a calmer Earl Grey that I can drink later in the evening as I’m getting ready to sleep. This blend is perfect for that and has actually been a big help for me when it comes to sorting out my sleeping schedule. There was no astringency to this at all which took me by surprise, however it does have quite a dry mouth feel. I would suggest adding a little lemon to this and a very very small amount of sweetener, they really help to balance everything out and round this classic Earl Grey off perfectly. Just don’t add milk this is much to mellow of an Earl Grey for any milk it would just ruin it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
Find out more about Cheeky Chai and purchase their Earl Grey for yourself here
As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) – I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Monday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley