our B & B in the Cotswolds 13th century parsons houseOn a trip long ago...for our 25th Wedding Anniversary I discovered at a quaint B&B in the Cotswolds a new tea that I had never tried.
Since that marvelous day I have enjoyed the delights of drinking Lady Grey. I had always loved Earl Grey. A strong robust tea with a hint of Bergamont, that needed a touch of cream and sugar. Lady Grey is a kinder gentler version, which is lovely to drink with out the sugar and cream. I made sure I purchased some of this fine tea from Twinnings before I left for home, only to find out it was indeed available in the states. At World Mart one day I discovered the decaf version. Which for years now has been my favorite cuppa before bedtime. Especially while reading an English novel by my current favorite English author Elizabeth Goudge =]
Lately I have been checking out some of the fancy tea shops that have been sprouting up around here, even in our malls. It is like they are trying to compete in the P.N.W. with coffee shops...hmmm, I don't think that will ever happen. Consequently I have sniffed and purchased a few new versions of Lady Grey. Today as I was brewing a pot of tea, I decided I should see which one of these new Lady Grey teas I preferred. So I did a taste test. I brewed both pots of tea with the fancy new loose teas and then tasted. Oh dear, I was not so impressed with either one.
The tea on the left which I purchased in a mom and pop shop in town had a different taste...too floral...not sure...sniffed the tea again. Do I smell vanilla? A terrible thing to do to Lady Grey. The second tea purchased in a new chain store called Teavana at a mall, had a underlying smoky flavor. Now I am confused.
I decided to brew a third pot of tea. You guessed it, the Twinnings original Lady Grey in a tea bag no less.
Ahhh that's it! That slight hint of Bergamont which gives a lovely hit of citrus.
Well...anybody interested in my other two teas? I will gladly ship them to you for free. They are just not my cup of tea =]