Holiday Tea-son! Hey, a black tea in the advent calendar today, so I fixed it up for the work thermos… though they claim it is a “stronger Earl Grey.” I like EG, but prefer mine on the “lighter” side, so I made my thermos London Fog style since they warned it was a “stronger” blend. I did have a little surplus tea, so I put that in a cup just to sample it plain, and… it wasn’t too robust. Yes, a bit more than I prefer in EGs on the bergamot side, lending a bit more citrus bitterness than I like, and the black tea was quite robust leading to more of that astringent dryness than I like, but I was surprised I could still make out some malt, cinnamon, and lemon zest notes in the base. With a lot of EGs they are just a bergamot bomb and I can’t even taste any notes from the black tea leaves anymore, so that was a pleasant surprise.
I didn’t make my London Fog too milky, with a ratio of 50ml vanilla almond milk to 350ml tea for my 400ml thermos, and it was very nice. This is how I prefer Earl Grey’s that are like this. I’ll drink the lighter ones straight, but these really robust ones that are a bit too bitter/astringent for my personal tastes make a nice London Fog, and I just make them up as a latte. The vanilla almond milk adds the vanilla component so I don’t need extra syrup, and adds that thick/creamy/sweet element that tempers the bitterness and astringency, and the vanilla compliments the citrus bergamot flavor nicely. Sometimes I’ll use coconut milk instead, as it is also nicely sweet and a great compliment flavor.
Great London Fog tea, not really my personal taste as a straight tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon Zest, Malt