Review: Blue of London (Earl Grey du Yunnan), Le Palais des Thes

 

Review: Blue of London

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Tea Type

The Blue of London is a smooth and great-tasting blend of Yunnan tea with bright, citrusy bergamot. A wonderful and refreshing tea to spend an afternoon enjoying.

The tea description from the Les Palais des Thes website:

Yunnan is one of the best black teas in the world and with a fresh and delicate bergamot from Calabria, it gives a particularly fine and well balanced blend. An exceptional Earl Grey.

Earl Grey has been a great English classic ever since Charles Grey, 2nd Earl of Falloden and Foreign Secretary went on to become Prime Minister in 1830. For saving the life of the Chinese Mandarin, he received in gratitude a specially scented tea flavoured with oil of bergamot.

Tasting Notes

Brewing Instructions

Steep 3-5 minutes at 205 degrees.

Appearance

Opening the package thanks to the fine folks at Palais des Thes is a bright, energizing burst of citrusy bergamot. I am very much looking forward to this tea session!

The tea leaves are large, dark and luxurious, with a generous number of blossoms mixed in. It’s practically radiating with the bergamot. Knowing how these tea works, my expectation is that this strong smell will diminish once the tea has been steeped. I’m hopeful that it isn’t overpowering.

The tea steeps to a rich amber color, and is fragrant with the woody taste of Yunnan clearing coming out in the aroma and taste. It’s a surprising change from the acidic, citrusy smell of the dry leaves.

Taste

The first sip is strong and smooth, a great blend fo the dark Yunnan leaves with the bright counterpoint of citrus. A deeply satisfying cup. It doesn’t taste as dark as your typical earl grey, which tends to have stronger black tea blended in. Instead, this is a mild and citrusy cup that reminds me more of a lady earl grey blend. The Yunnan is mild and smooth, and the bergamot keeps the overall taste very light and refreshing. Bring on the scones and finger sandwiches – this would be a delightful tea to have with snacks.

Pricing & Where to Buy

Pack Size: 100g ($15)
This tea can be purchased on the Les Palais des Thes website here.