For those who don’t know the story, British tea giant Twinings was the company that first marketed Earl Grey tea. They’ve just changed the formulation, adding more bergamot (more detail on my blog here). People appear to be coming apart at the seams over this.
How does this affect you? What will you do about it?
Twinings Earl Grey is my tea of choice, so this concerns me. Luckily, a Doper had a discount offer in the Marketplace last winter, and I stocked up big time – I should be good for a couple of months anyway.
I’m looking forward to hearing how the Post-Apocalyptic Earl Gray works out! (Named thus because, with the smokiness of the lapsang, it should be like Earl Gray that survived some firey holocaust and came out awesome.)
I like Earl Grey <or did; haven’t tried the new one yet> but after just a few cups my mouth would take on a very weird feel; it’d start tasting stronger too, which I always associated with the bergamot. So I don’t think MORE bergamot is going to taste good to me. But I’m sure I’ll try it.
I bought some ridiculously expensive kettle that sits on the stove and it has a thermometer- when it reaches a certain temperature it is supposed to be okay for green tea, when hotter, it is fine for black tea.
If I drink Twinings, I’ll go for Lady Gray, rather than Earl Gray.
But my favorite teas come from a local shop where they create their own blends, or from WARNING! PRETENTIOUSNESS ALERT!
Le Palais Des Thés in Paris. They do internet mail order, and have wonderful, wonderful teas. Thé des Moines is my favorite for winter. Thé du Hamman has marvelous, sensual aromas that invoke images of long, langorous lovemaking in the tropics. The cardamom-scented tea I’m going to use in desserts.
I’ve never cared much for Twining’s Earl Grey, but it doesn’t sound like this is a change for the better for me. I don’t like the taste of strong bergamot, and prefer milder blends, like Lady Grey or one called Dorian Grey which a friend introduced me to last year.
Remember, as much as they’d like you to believe otherwise: not all Earl Grey tea is Twinings. There are many awesome Earl Greys that I personally believe are better than theirs. Like everything else, it’s subjective.
I’m going to assume that Picard is the one who taught the replicator what Earl Grey is supposed to taste like, so it’s always the formulation he likes anyway.