Today’s tea is Earl Grey Lavender. It is an organic black tea from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants out of Portland, Oregon.
I received this as a sample in my order in a cute little package with just enough tea for one cup. It is a blend of Ceylon and Chinese black teas, with lavender flowers and Bergamot essential oil. It appears that everything is organic, with the exception of the essential oil. I love that they tell you exactly what kind of tea you’re getting in the blend.
It has a crazy floral aroma, and I am surprised that the lavender smells stronger than the bergamot. However, I shouldn’t be, because I know from my years of perfume blending that citrus notes (in this case, the bergamot) are the top notes, the part of the fragrance that is fleeting. Typically floral notes (the lavender) are middle notes and hang around a while and contain the body, or the “heart” of the fragrance, what you associate with the scent.
It also looks nice, with the lavender flowers scattered throughout. It brews up a nice, hearty cup of tea, with a dark reddish brown color. It is also quite fragrant, with the lavender mingling with the bergamot. It makes a nice, balanced cup of tea with the uplifting bergamot and soothing lavender. I like it. I almost like it more than the Peet’s Earl Grey that I reviewed a little while back. I think I’d like to switch that one out of my rotation and drink this one instead. This is really quite exceptional. It’s a bit different from a traditional Earl Grey with the addition of the lavender, but I think if you’re an Earl Grey fan, you’ll really like this one. They have a few different versions of Earl Grey at The Jasmine Pearl, even a caffeine-free version made with rooibus.
You can get it here: http://www.thejasminepearl.com/Earl_Grey_Lavender_p/1035.htm