Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well I’m back today with another let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Birchley’s Earl Grey finest blend. They very kindly sent me a package jam packed full of tea treats to try (there’s an unboxing on my Instagram) so you’ll probably see them feature in this series a few times throughout the upcoming months. When I opened the package, they send this blend was the first blend I pulled out and just like that my decision on which of their blends to try first was made (I mean the fact it was an Earl Grey blend helped too but I can only assume you’re all sick of hearing how much I love Earl Grey now).
Birchley’s Earl Grey Finest is blended a little stronger than their classic Earl Grey blend and has the addition of some incredibly vibrant cornflowers ( it smells amazing, but I’ll talk about that more further on in the post). I couldn’t have been more excited to try this blend because it’s been a while since I’ve tried a new Earl Grey (I tried to take a little bit of a break from featuring them on my blog, but I just couldn’t help but reach for them in day to day life) and a while since I featured one in their series. I think it’s safe to say that they are always going to be a permanent part of my tea collection and feature heavily on this blog though I’ll try and space them out a little bit if I can.
Bergamot – Slight Citrus – Floral – Malty – Sweet – Honey – Ever So Slightly WoodySo, remember when I mentioned how beautiful the aroma of this tea was that was an understatement. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve taken a step back from trying new Earl Grey blends recently but from the moment I opened the sachet that this tea was in I was instantly reminded of just how much I love Earl Grey and I think that was the moment I decided not to take a break from Earl Grey ever again. What made the aroma of this blend different from other Earl Grey blends I’ve tried this year is that everything in the aroma was perfectly balanced at first just the bergamot and a slight lemon peel note came through but after only a short amount of time a mouth-watering malty and ever so slightly woody note came through and both of those paired perfectly together and lingered around our living room for a long time. I was both excited and nervous to try this blend because you all know it takes something special to wow me when it comes to Earl Grey and I didn’t want this tea to let me down taste wise after loving its aroma so much.
For this tea tasting session as always, I used my 150ml Ceramic Teapot and Stoneware Tumbler – I used 3g of tea and 150ml of 100 Degree (C) water.
Tea Tasting Notes
After doing this tasting session I understand why this blend has the name it has because it really is one of the finest Earl Grey’s I’ve ever had and I’m so thankful I was given the chance to try it. I had no reason to worry that it wasn’t going to be as good in taste as it was in aroma because it was even better in the taste than aroma and as soon as I took my first sip all those worried melted away. This is honestly one of the most well-balanced Earl grey blends I’ve had in a while it was such a pleasant tea to drink it really relaxed me and reminded me of just how much I actually love Earl Grey its one of the first loose leaf blends I ever tired right at the start of my tea journey and I think for that reason I will always love it. It’s naturally quite sweet so I really wouldn’t bother adding any honey or agave to it at all as I think it would through the balance of the tea off completely.The only downside to this blend is that after a while it does dry the mouth a little bit but that is the case with a lot of teas with bergamot in them so it didn’t really ruin my enjoyment of the tea at all because with how much Earl grey I do drink I’m completely used to it now and have come to expect it from each one I drink. The cornflowers add ever so slight floral notes to the aftertaste of this blend which you do have to wait for but once you start to pick it out and recognise that it’s there it adds a somewhat unique twist to the usual flavour profile of this blend. I have a feeling it will make for an excellent latte, so I’ll be trying that soon and I’ll probably post about that on Instagram so make sure you are following me over there. I’m so glad that this was the first blend I went for out of the package that Birchley’s sent because it’s made an excellent first impression and if this blend is anything to go by I’m sure the rest of the blends they have sent will be amazing.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Birchley’s Loose Leaf Tea you can do that here and as always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley