Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well? Apologises in the slight delay in getting day four of The Twelve Days of Teamas out to you all. I had to take yesterday away from every form of technology and just give my mind and body a day to rest after many high level pain days in a row. So with that being said I have had to push the end date of Teamas back but only by one day and it will now be ending on the 24th rather than the 23th. For day four of The Twelve Days of Teamas the featured tea from Chariteas is their signature Earl Grey and for todays post I’ll be going back to my roots in more way than one and doing a review. I definitely thought I had moved past doing Earl Grey reviews here on my blog now but with this tea being a blend of both black and white tea it seemed really special to me and I just felt like it warranted a review as it’s something I’ve never seen before.
Here’s what Chariteas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Blended with an organic aged bergamot sourced directly from Italy and sustainably grown white tea tips, this fresh and balanced Earl Grey rivals all others”
Ingredients: ” Black Tea*, White Tea*, Bergamot*. *Organically Produced
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used freshly filtered water and I decided that because this blend is a mix of both white and black tea to steep it at a white tea (76C -85C) temp for a white tea steeping time (2 – 2:30 mins). I decided to do it this way because I would rather adhere to the more delicate white tea and under steep the black tea, than over steep the white tea and make it bitter and thrown the whole blend off balance. Throughout my tea journey I’ve had a few blends that have been different teas blended alongside black tea and I have found this is the best rule to go by when steeping them because really unless you are steeping CTC black tea it’s very hard to over steep it and it can be very forgiving unlike other teas.
So it’s been a little while since I’ve had a new Earl Grey and honestly any Earl Grey at all recently because as much as it brings me comfort and that its a nostalgic tea for me, I drank so much of it in the past during the start of my tea journey that I just don’t reach for it too much now unless I’m purposely looking for that comfort blanket of familiarity. However, this blend is phenomenal and I definitely understand what Chariteas meant about this blend rivalling all other Earl Grey blends and I could see myself reaching for this so much more regularly than I reach for any other Earl Grey.
I have to say going into this I was really worried that the balance of this blend was going to be off and that all I was going to get from this was the black tea and the bergamot. I assumed that both of those quite strong notes were going to overpower the mellow and delicate white tea but that wasn’t the case at all. This blend is actually really well balanced and each of it’s elements has it’s own chance to shine. I don’t know the team at Chariteas managed to perfectly balance a white tea and a black tea and then add in a bergamot without disturbing that balance but they did, so clearly they possess some sort of magic that they need to teach me.
The black tea provides a nice malty base and a subtle woodiness which of course pairs perfectly with the bergamot and the white tea provides a nice contrasting floral note and a subtle underlying honey note which pairs perfectly with the black tea. It’s really smooth and normally with a blend like this I would naturally find myself adding in honey but this blend really does not need it. It’s not sweet or anything but it doesn’t need sweetness added to it. I would also never dream of adding milk to this, it’s definitely not a milk blend and I think it would ruin it. This is just one of this blends you come across every once in a blue moon that is absolutely perfect and needs absolute nothing doing it it. I never would have thought of blending a white and black tea together for a blend like this but it really works especially when it’s done as perfectly as this. I’ll definitely have to purchase lots more of this in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase some of this blend to try 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 al as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again tomorrow. 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*