Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing The Lawn Tea Co’s – Royal Tea (Earl Grey) Blend. As you all know I’ve tried a few blends from The Lawn Tea Co this year and I’ve really enjoyed what they have had to offer. You all know just how much I love Earl Grey so as you can imagine when I saw this blend in the box they sent I couldn’t have been more excited to try out a new Earl Grey blend.
I’m always looking for companies who have put their own spin on an Earl Grey as I have so many classic Earl Greys and after a while they can get a little bit boring. The thing I love about smaller businesses is that they are often doing the most creative thing when it comes to creating new blends and taking risk with new flavour profiles. This one of the most part is quite a popular twist on and Earl Grey with just the addition of rose. But even that simple addition definitely takes Earl Grey to a new level.Here’s what The Lawn Tea Co have to say about this blend over on their website: “‘Royal Tea’ Earl Grey Tea. A quintessential tea blend. This Earl Grey tea combines the fragrant citrus of Bergamot with colourful rose petals and cornflowers to create a tea that looks every bit as good as it tastes. Great Taste Award Winner (2013).”
Ingredients: Sri Lankan Uva, Rose petals, Cornflowers, Natural Bergamot.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways. On its own (hot) and with just honey (hot). Most of the time I tend not to have my Earl Grey with milk (apart from a few specific Earl Greys) so going into this tasting session I made the decision not to try this with milk. Not only because I wouldn’t have it with milk in my day to day life but also because this blend has a Ceylon base and sometimes Ceylon doesn’t tend to stand its ground once milk is added.
The moment I took my first sip of the first cup I made I knew I had made the right decision in not trying this with milk. The Ceylon base was stronger than I expected it to be but nowhere near as strong as say for example an Assam but that’s only to be expected and it worked well as the base for the this particular blend, imparting malty, woody and ever so slightly floral notes that paired brilliantly with the rose. It was a little astringent towards the very back of my mouth but for the most part it’s quite smooth. It did make my throat a little dry when I got to the end of the cup, however I find a lot of blends with rose in them do that.
With the addition of just one teaspoon of honey this blend became perfect for me. It took away that slight astringency and really lifted the rose which balanced everything out and allowed for this blend to shine. It didn’t take the drying effect away but honestly that did stop me enjoying this blend because it is delicious. I was surprised the the bergamot flavour was very much a background note but for this blend it works. However if you are looking for a bergamot strong Earl Grey this is not the Earl Grey for you. This would be perfect for a spring cream tea or tea party because of its more floral notes and the mellowness of the Ceylon base. This tea is just spring in a cup for me and would pair really well with light sweet treats.
I still stand by the fact that this tea definitely would not have stood it’s ground once milk was added, so i’m glad I didn’t waste any of this tea trying that out only for it to just taste like slightly floral milk. I cant wait to enjoy the rest of the tin I have and when it comes experimenting for once that’s probably something I won’t do with this blend because I just want to enjoy it for what it is.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about The Lawn Tea Co and purchase some of this blend to try 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