Most any tea drinker has heard of or has tasted a cup of Earl Grey.
After all, by some historical accounts Earl Grey tea has been sipped since the 1830’s.
The distinctive flavor that tea drinkers have come to love is extracted from the oil found in the rind of a bergamot orange.
But how does that happen?
There are different methods to achieve this infusion of flavor.
One method is to blend the flower, fruit or spice with the dried tea leaves, to produce a light and delicate flavoring.
Another method is to spray or coat the tea leaves with extracts or essential oils during the drying process. This will produce a more robust or flavorful tea.
Each manufacturer will use a set method and ratio of flavoring to produce their brand of Earl Grey tea.
That means each cup of Earl Grey will differ slightly in brew & taste.
This statement is very true.
I have sipped many cups of Earl Grey tea and each one is different.
Keep your eyes on the blog for a comparison of my favorite Earl Grey tea brands!
I am going to start a new saying, “ When in doubt, go with black tea. “
Black tea is robust, tasty without being bitter,and has an array of nutrients and antioxidants. I find it has the right amount of caffeine kick to shake off morning or afternoon sluggishness.
For years my go to Black Tea has been- Twinings English Breakfast.
This tea bag is not just for breakfast, it is a delightful afternoon tea when paired with a tea time treat.
The decaffeinated version is just right for those who do not want the effects of caffeine or if you are sipping later in the evening.
Tea bags are convenient for the morning rush or when you do not want a lot of fuss. However there is much to be said for a loose tea.
When you take a few extra moments to add loose leaves to a tea ball or infuser; you not only have tea, you make an occasion.
Currently, my favorite loose black tea is by Two Leaves and a Bud.
This tea is a sip & savor treat for me.
It is ideal on mornings or afternoons when there is no rushing about.
No matter if it steeps from a tea bag or a tea ball, black tea is a must have in my Booksipper tea stash.
What is your favorite type of tea?
Is it a Green Tea, Black Tea or perhaps an Oolong? It doesn’t matter which kind you sip, it all stems from one plant!
I know- it boggled my mind too! I thought for sure there were dozens of tea plants!
How do so many variations of tea come from one plant?
Well, I’m not a botanist so my answer is simple.
All tea leaves come from a plant called Camellia sinensis, which is indigenous to China and India. But is grown all over the world.
I wonder if it could be a house plant? Hmmm, something to read up on!
The leaves are harvested and left to oxidize.
It is the level of oxidation that determines what type of tea the leaves will become.
To produce a black tea, the leaves are fully oxidized and would then deliver a darker brew & higher caffeine content than say a green tea.
This is my simple synopsis of tea leaf beginnings. Really, no matter which leaves you choose to brew, you really can’t go wrong!