Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea review and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea 23’s – Earl Grey. So far I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve tired from Tea 23 so I’m really glad that the time has come for me to review another one of their blends. You all know just how much of a fan I am of Earl Grey and that I love when companies put their own twists on the classic blend, so when I saw that Tea 23 had included a box of their Earl Grey in the package they sent me I was so excited to see how good it was going to be and to see how their twist on an Earl Grey was going to effect the overall flavour profile.
I was going to make this the first of their blends I reviewed but I’ve been taking a break from Earl Grey recently as I was starting to get bored with it again so I held back a little on reviewing it so my already formed opinions of Earl Grey in general weren’t effecting anything.
Here’s what Tea 23 themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”A citrussy, refreshing, and subtle flavoured black tea.”
Sri Lankan Black Tea (90%), Lime Leaves, Safflower, Natural Bergamot
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways: on it’s own (hot) and with just honey added (hot). I did also think about trying this with milk but after I had the first cup I knew this was not the right Earl Grey for milk so I didn’t waste any time or any tea on preparing a cup of something I knew wouldn’t work out. Out of the two cups I did have though, my favourite was the one I added a little bit of honey too. That’s not to say that it wasn’t nice on it’s own because it was, it’s just that it had a bit of astringency to it and the addition of some honey (thought I only added half a teaspoon) seemed to do a great job of getting rid of it and made it a little bit easier to drink.
Before going to this tasting session I was eager to see if the lime leaves would change much in terms of this blends overall flavour profile and it did. It added a nice light citrus note that was a little more zestier than the usual lemon and orange that is added to Earl Greys, it was present and did a great job of adding another layer of depth to this blends flavour profile without overpowering other elements of the blend. The Black Tea is definitely the star of this blend and surprisingly the bergamot comes through mostly towards the end of each sip and in the aftertaste rather than being strong and overpowering like a few Earl Grey’s I’ve had recently. I’m not one to search for overall strong bergamot blends anymore so this one is perfect for me.
The Sri Lankan Black tea base was the perfect choice for this blend, it is bold, full, and brisk and also has subtle citrus notes to it which works perfectly. It did become slightly drying towards the end of the cup but I think that is more the fault of the bergamot than the black tea as I do normally find most blends with bergamot in them no matter the base tea used are quite dry because of it. I think that has an Assam been used as the base for this blend it would have been much to strong for the other flavours to come through and it would have been nowhere near as perfectly balanced as it is. This is the perfect Earl Grey for those of you out there like me who aren’t looking for a bergamot heavy blend and do want some sort of a twist on the classic flavour profile.
This for me in the perfect spring/summer Earl Grey that I think would be perfect to enjoy in the mid afternoon or with an afternoon tea. I have to look for subtler flavour profiles when it comes to blends now because teas with stronger flavours in them then to end up triggering my migraines so right now this is such a fantastic blend for me. It’s one of the best Earl Grey blends I’ve tried so far this year and I’m so thankful that Tea 23 were kind enough to let me give it a try for this series. It’s one I’ll purchase again in the future as It’s clear to me that a lot of hard work and though went into creating it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Tea 23 and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself (which I highly recommend you do), 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
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*