If you have read our Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea blog stories, you know we are already fans of Republic of Tea's DA-themed products. From their refreshing herbal English Rose to their hearty Grantham Breakfast blend, the labels are as fun to read as their contents are tasty to sip. We also enjoy the convenience of these teas packaged in tea bags. However, there's much more to Republic of Tea and we were anxious to explore beyond Downton Abbey blends.
We recently sampled Republic of Tea's Earl Greyer. It's from their loose-leaf collection and we found it to be an exceedingly good tea.
As much as I am a fan of Downton Abbey, I'm equally passionate about Earl Grey. It's my go-to drink whenever I go out for afternoon tea and I am particular about how it's brewed and how it's blended. Earl Greyer hits the "just right" category - it's not overly strong and the bergamot is not overbearing (Bergamot is the Mediterranean citrus fruit that makes black tea an Earl Grey). It's accessible without giving up character. It's been well-received by my guests, ranging from tea enthusiasts to casual sippers.
We steeped the tea our customary three minutes (although, if you like it a bit stronger, you can go up to five). The leaves did their "happy dance" in the teapot and brewed to a lovely caramel color.
Speaking of "happy", per the description on the label, you should be expecting that as part of your experience. As explained on the back of the tea tin, "you will note with pleasure the sweet, citrus happy taste". We can't argue with that.
And, while we're looking at the tea tin, Republic of Tea scores well here, too. The cooper top sets off the cylindrical tea tin, giving it a clean, contemporary style and, for those of us who like to have our tea within reach, it looks quite nice on the kitchen counter.
Two-gloved thumb's up on Republic of Tea's Earl Greyer.
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