Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Zest Tea’s – Earl Grey blend. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time now will know that I’m a huge Earl Grey fan, I always have been and I always will be so when it comes to trying new Earl Grey blends I have very high expectations because I have my favourite Earl Grey blends and it takes a lot to even come close to them. If you’ve read my last two post featuring Zest Tea you’ll know that they a been just a little bit hit and miss for me so I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this blend going into this tasting session.Here’s what the team at Zest Tea have to say about their Earl Grey blend: Earl Grey has been a popular blend since it was introduced to the British Earl, Charles Grey in the 1830’s. Most Earl grey’s are made with low-quality base teas, but not ours. Zest’s Earl is made with premium Nilgiri Indian black tea blended with delicious bergamot essential oil. All Natural Ingredients – Certified Non-GMO | Caffeine: 150mg per cup.Ingredients: South Indian FOP Black Tea, Bergamot Flavour & Natural Caffeine.
Tea Tasting Notes
As I’ve said I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey but because if that I’m incredibly picky and they have to be pretty special to wow me and this one didn’t quite wow me. Don’t get me wrong it was tasty enough but compared to other Earl Greys I’ve had and it just wasn’t anything too special. The bergamot is much too strong for me and really does overpower the black tea for the most part which is not what you want in an Earl Grey at all. Once it starts to cool a little bit the black tea does come through little bit more and the bergamot does calm down a little but if you let it cool too much it does get very bitter. I’ve found that adding a teaspoon on honey when you first make the cup does help everything a little bit as well as it sweetens the bergamot note and brings out the delicious maltiness of the black tea.
I think the reason that it gets bitter as it cools is because of the extra caffeine that’s been added to it. Because all of Zest Teas blends tend to do the same and that’s really the only thing that links them all together. I find that brewing this tea at a slightly lower temperature stops some of the bitterness coming through from the tea extract they add to get the caffeine in there. Brew it as if it were a green tea and it’s actually a lot better. Overall this is a nice enough blend but in my head I expected a little bit more from it, I’ll drink what I have of the bag of teabags they very kindly sent me but I don’t know if I would buy anymore and choose it over other Earl Grey’s that I have. Don’t let my opinions stop you from trying this tea though, even though the bergamot was too strong for me it may be just right for you so I recommending giving it a go.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3/5
If you want to find out more about Zest Tea and purchase some of their Earl Grey for yourself, You can do both here. As always 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley