Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Even after all these years, Captain Picard’s voice pops into my head every single time I think of Earl Grey! I cannot NOT have these words run through my head! May they never be separated!
How can I NOT post this?
OK… so that’s done.
Now… I am not a tea-snob. I enjoy all kinds of tea. Even – GASP!! – commercial teabags! I know things get pretty crazy here on the ol’ blog, what with all the exotic and unpronounceable greens and oolongs, towers of flowers, and magical blue fairy-tale teas… but sometimes I want the simplicity and comfort of the familiar. Today I want Earl Grey. It’s my ‘first love’ in tea, and the one that never lets me down. Amazingly, I have never reviewed an Earl Grey here… so let’s get back to basics!
This organic, fair-trade Earl Grey is sold under the label “Four O’clock” which is produced by the Canadian(!!!) company Trans-herbe. I picked it up in Toronto’s “Evergreen Natural Foods”. They have an amazing boxed-tea selection! Lots of companies you won’t find in supermarkets.
When I first opened the box, the Bergamot was almost overpowering… almost like liquorice. The intensity was a bit scary, as I wondered just how strong it would be! It has mellowed over time though, and now just has that fresh/flowery, heavenly aroma that makes me high. (and by the way… why the heck doesn’t WordPress recognize the word Bergamot?)
I steep the tea for about 3 minutes. This one is actually much milder than it smells. I love it because I’ve never had it turn bitter. It just has a nice comforting, familiar Earl Grey taste. It’s fresh, floral/fruity, and feels soooooooo good! It has a little sweetness to it, and leaves a pleasant, clean aftertaste. No complaints… this is exactly what I wanted. If you are familiar with Twinings Earl Grey, I think the Four O’clock smells stronger and fresher, but tastes milder and sweeter. Not that I’m complaining about Twinings. I love it too… I just find it gets really strong, really fast!
So, here’s a nice, normal tea… no gimmicks… you can buy right off the shelf. Safe. Comforting. Familiar. Perfect. And endorsed by Jean-Luc Picard!
Purchase here at Trans-herbe, and check out their other interesting flavours (Pineapple-Coconut, Cucumber-Mint, Pink Lemonade… sign me up!!).