Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Birchall’s – Virunga Earl Grey. Up until now I’ve tried two of Birchall’s teas and I’ve loved them both so going into this tasting session I definitely had very high expectations and I was expecting a lot from this Earl Grey. Since I’ve always been a huge Earl Grey fan I’m very picky when it comes to trying new Earl Grey blends and it really does take a lot to wow me when it comes Earl Grey. So, I was really interested to see if this Earl Grey would be good enough to make it into my top five and take the place of one of my favourites.Here’s what Birchall Tea have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Our Virunga Earl Grey is a scented pure origin tea, sourced from the finest tea gardens in Rwanda, found close to the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga National Park. In this region, the tea bushes grow slowly, at the high altitude and relatively low temperatures, developing greater flavour before they are individually picked.”
Ingredients: Black Tea, Natural Bergamot Flavour, Blue Cornflowers.
Tea Tasting Notes
You all know just how much of an Earl Grey fan I am which makes me very picky and there’s only ever been a few that have wowed me. I have a top 5 and that rarely changes because those top five are phenomenal and it takes a lot to replace them, so when it came to trying this I was a little bit nervous that I was going to be too judgemental of it because of my love for Earl Grey and my pickiness.
This is a nice Earl Grey especially for a bagged one but the bergamot in this was a little bit to light for me. From the smell that came from the dry leaves I expected it to be quite strong but that wasn’t the case at all and the bergamot took much more of a back seat and let the tea do all the talking . Luckily the base tea that has been used for this blend is delicious and the fact that the bergamot is lighter gives it a great chance to shine. Don’t get me wrong the bergamot is present but it’s light and I just personally prefer it to be a bit stronger. I don’t like it to over power the tea but I like it to be noticeable and I like to be able to add milk into it and still be able to taste the bergamot as well as the tea and I sadly couldn’t do that with this one.But it is refreshing to have an Earl Grey in my tea collection that I can drink on its own as most of the ones I do currently have are best with a little bit of milk and honey. So there’s a bright side to it all really.
I will say that on it’s own the black tea used for the base of this blend can be a little bit drying in the mouth but not so much that it will ruin your enjoyment of this tea. I would only really recommend steeping this for 2-3 minutes as it is a CTC base you really don’t need to steep it for very long at all, otherwise it does get a little bit astringent so make sure if you are going to try this tea that you steep it carefully to catch it at its best. I find this is best on its own with a little bit of honey. Like I said it’s best not to add milk into this as it would drown out of the lighter notes. I do however think this would be delicious with a slice of lemon so I’m going to try that soon and see if it helps to add a little extra citrus hit to this blend.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to know more about Birchall Tea and purchase some of their Virunga 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 answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley