Black Loose Leaf Tea with Rose Petals
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka (Rose Petals - China).
Cup Characteristics: An exquisite Earl Grey character with a gentle touch of Rose. The glorious taste of this tea is perfect for a warm summer's evening.
Infusion: Bright and coppery.
Ingredients: Premium black Orange Pekoe tea, rose buds, rose petals, cornflower petals, natural flavours.
Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with the oil from the citrus fruit bergamot - a sort of orange. The stories of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavoured tea. This diplomat upon his return to Britain presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says that it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the life of the Mandarin. In any event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830 to 1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.
Rose Earl Grey is a delicate, smooth tasting variant of the original.
It's now time to throw away the teabags and try a great taste experience. You may not believe the difference that comes with using premium tea and brewing in the old fashioned way. Just as coffee has seen a revival with millions of people changing from instants to fresh roast beans, so also has tea been seeing a revival with new tea houses opening around the country, and the world.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb is to double the amount used. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
We like this mix a lot, and routinely enjoy it once a day. It isn't overpowering with bergamot, but nicely balanced with the delicious fragrance of roses. A recent visitor wanted to know what type of Earl Grey it was and took details!
Nick Woods | Diss | November 2021
A little disappointing.
We love Rose Congou and Rose Pouchong and since we also love Earl Grey we thought this would be a sure favourite. To be frank neither of us could taste any rose and so it was just quite bland tea, not unpleasant, just lacking any real rose flavour. It wasn't even as good as ordinary Earl Grey, maybe we got a bad batch, but it was disappointing really.
Martin Robinson | Grantham | November 2020