May 8, 2004

Don't Like Me No Bergamot

I’ve been trying to drink the Green Earl Grey that I bought a few weeks ago. I’ve had a couple of mugs of it hot, and then I made iced tea with it. The iced tea actually came out a little too sugary, so I ended up fiddling with it to try to get the concentration of sugar right. As I diluted the recipe, I began to realize that too much sugar wasn’t the only problem with the stuff.

I just plain don’t like bergamot, the herb in Earl Grey that makes it Earl Grey. And Green Earl Grey is even more bergamotty than regular Earl Grey.

Anyone out there a fan of green tea and Earl Grey? I’ll probably be keeping a few bags of this just in case I want to try it again, but I’m getting rid of the rest of them. Julie? Someone from the D&D group? Who wants the stuff? Anyone?

I’m going to stick with my Lapsang Souchong and Irish Breakfast for now.

And, no, Irish Breakfast isn’t a pint of Guinness. I’m talking about the tea.

Posted by James at May 8, 2004 8:58 PM
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I'll take it. I don't put sugar in my iced tea, so I won't be able to ruin it. :-)

Posted by: Julie at May 9, 2004 9:25 PM

It's yours.

Posted by: James at May 9, 2004 9:44 PM

I enjoy Earl Grey, particularly on a rainy day. Bergamot is, to me, a very soothing scent and taste.

You might be interested to know the origin of this tea. Here's an explanation from Twinnings, my favourite tea company:

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2004 10:33 AM

Without sounding as if Im trying to pass myself off as a member of the jet set crowd (I'm not), I've spent a lot of time in Ireland and the tea there - even to this loyal coffee drinker - is wonderful.

I practically live with a coffee IV in my arm but still find myself craving Irish tea.

At home, it's Twinings Irish Breakfast. In Ireland it's Lyons.

And green tea is for tree huggers...

Posted by: Steve at May 10, 2004 11:16 AM

Green tea is for tree huggers? I had never made that connection.

AriZona Green Tea is as good a soft drink as you can get out there, IMHO. And green tea with lemon and honey is great to clear out the gunky throat that comes with allergy season.

But I do have to say that Twinings Irish Breakfast is my new favorite. I'm told it's the Ceylon tea that makes the difference.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2004 12:41 PM

BTW, if you're going to malign green tea, I'd better not reveal that I drink a chamomile infusion now and again.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2004 12:43 PM

I'm a pretty big tree hugger, but I'm not a green tea sipper.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2004 2:15 PM

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