Profile : Cream Earl Grey White
Loose - Flavored White Tea
March 13, 2019
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: Exquisite creamy flavor with a deep Earl Grey finish. Excellent smooth cup highlighting Premium China Pai Mu Tan.
Ingredients: White tea, Natural flavors (organic compliant)
INGREDIENTS FROM: China
REGION(S): Fujian Province
SHIPPING PORT(S): Fuzhou
GROWING ALTITUDES: 1500 - 4900 feet above sea level
GRADE(S): Pai Mu Tan Grade #1
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Sun withered and dried (Traditional leafy)
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: High
CAFFEINE LEVEL: Low
INFUSION: Pale yellow
tea lovers are familiar with Earl Grey the beverage. (It is arguably
the most popular blended tea in the world.) In all its variations, Earl
Grey is a flavorful concoction of tea and bergamot oil that is as
distinctive on the nose as it is in the cup. One whiff as it passes
your table in a restaurant or breezing out through a kitchen door, and
you know immediately that someone is about to enjoy a steaming cup. As
the tea rolls over your tongue, pointed touches of citrus come to the
fore blending gently with the astringency of the base tea letting you
know that yes in fact, this is Earl Grey. So yes, the tea we know
about. But what do we know about the man? Don't you agree that at
least a cursory knowledge of Earl Grey seems important when discussing
his signature brew? We do, so we thought we'd pass on our knowledge.
Grey, former Prime minister of England gave his first parliamentary on
the 21of February 1787 on the topic of the recent free trade agreement
made with France to which he was opposed. His political affiliation was
to the Whig party, read: Liberals. Furthermore, he oversaw four years
of political reform that had enormous impact on the development of
democracy in Britain.
Ok, now the more interesting part. Earl
Grey's interests included gallivanting about the countryside, caring for
his dogs and playing the occasional game of cribbage. He was said to
be "tall, slim and strikingly handsome". (Not surprising given that he
is known to have fathered at least one illegitimate child!)
Unfortunately for the Earl and his love life, in his later years he went
bald and was made to wear spectacles.
Ok, now we have a basic
understanding of the man behind the world's most popular tea. We did
forget one thing though. He died on July 17, 1845 - about 150 years
before the creation of Earl Grey cream white tea. Too bad because we're
sure he would have loved this version of his famous blend. The cup is
full bodied with a heady Earl Grey flavor and touch of fresh cream
leading to a profound jammy finish. (Jammy is a term frequently used to
describe the fullish character of Pai mu tan, the Chinese white tea
used for the blend.) Brew a pot and raise a cup to the old Earl.
Cheers old boy!