For our first tea sampling we wanted to try Cartwright and Butler’s Classic brand, for no other reason than we loved the beautiful packaging of this earl grey tea. Here it is perched atop our Morso woodburner stove.
This Yorkshire based company started out in humble fashion, in a small room in 1981, however now their biscuits, cakes and teas can be found in shops such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges to name just a few.
After unboxing, we were immediately struck by the quality packaging of this tea. It comes in a classic brush steel tin that will look lovely in the kitchen.
Written on the tin are the words:
Authentic Classic Earl Grey, Ceylon black tea bags product of Sri Lanka, flavoured with bergamot. Net weight 75g, 2.6 ounces.
The tin lid sports a large C&B embossed logo and an air tight seal, perfect for storing other tea bags if you run out of Cartwight & Butler’s Earl Grey.
Opening the Silver Bag to Peer Inside
After popping open the tin, and opening the silver bag inside, this is what we found, a neat row of 30 tea bags and a lovely aroma. Our package had a best before date of June 2019.
We popped in a tea bag, and let the tea steep for five minutes, as we wanted a strong taste.
We are certainly no experts, but after tasting we found that the black Ceylon tea was powerful, with a subtle infusion of bergamot.
Frankly we anticipated that the bergamot taste would be stronger as that was the impression we had from the aroma wafting out from the packaging on first opening.
Instead we discovered a really full bodied black tea taste, with just a subtle hint of bergamot. We’re certainly not complaining as it tasted lovely.
We had a look at their biscuits, I’m sure their Dark Chocolate Gingers, Strawberry and White Choc Chunk, and Triple Choc Chunk biscuits would go down a treat with their Earl Grey.
Perhaps we’ll order some of those and give them a try and share our findings here at The Secret Tea Room.
In short this is a tasty tea, wrapped in very classy packaging. We would have liked to have seen the ingredients clearly listed within the tin, and perhaps some recommended brewing instructions.
If you’ve ever tasted this earl grey tea brand, please share your thoughts.
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