Today’s TSP Item of the day Davidson’s Earl Grey Bulk Tea. Davidson’s has some of the best deals in organic teas on the market if you buy bulk. This tea is wonderful and can be brewed with either a french press or simple tea infuser. If you prefer your tea in a conventional tea bag Davidson’s does make this same tea in bag form, you can find that here.
So what is Earl Grey Tea other than the favorite toddy for Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Trek universe. Earl Grey tea is a tea blend which has been flavored with the addition of oil of bergamot. Bergamot is a variety of orange. This citrus fruit is often grown in Italy and France. The rind’s fragrant oil is added to Black tea to give Earl Grey its signature pungent punch. So you would think the favor would be orange like.
It really isn’t, to me the addition of bergamot oil creates a velvety feel and a flavor that is more like well, bee balm than anything else I can think of. I am not sure but I think this may be why bee balm is also called “wild bergamot”. As clearly an orange and a member of the mint family are completely unrelated, the similar property of each in tea is the only reason I can see for the commonality of the name.
Anyway I love this tea for its flavor, and I love Davidson’s for their value. You get a full pound of 100% organic tea for about 15 bucks. One teaspoon of tea makes a cup, so let’s just say that is a lot of cups of “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” to go though. Anyway I make this tea at two teaspoons to full french press batch which is two large cups. As that is more than two 8 ounce cups I do my spoons heaped just a bit. Pour over boiling water from my electric kettle and let steep for 3 minutes.
Now here is why I love a french press for tea. At three minutes when you push down the plunger, you are effectively separating the tea from the water, so your tea will not become too strong or overly tannic. I then sweeten with lakonto (perhaps honey once a week) and at times enjoy a bit of lemon with it as well.
So give this stuff a try, it does have caffeine but far less than coffee. If you want a decaf version they have that too but I don’t really care for decaffeinated teas myself. Caffeine free is one thing, decaffeinated is another. So check out Davidson’s Earl Grey Bulk Tea today and I think you will enjoy it even more that Captain Picard does, I mean this is the real deal not some phony baloney replicated knock off.
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