Smoky Earl Grey - Organic

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An interesting twist on the traditional Earl Grey, this tea is made with Chinese Lapsang Souchong to add a savory smoothness to the citrus notes of Bergamot. Best in the afternoon, and suggested without milk.

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Legend claims that the smoking process for lapsang souchong was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pinewood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but also the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

Ingredients:

Chinese Lapsang Souchong with natural Bergamot flavor,

Origin:

China

An interesting twist on the traditional Earl Grey, this tea is made with Chinese Lapsang Souchong to add a savory smoothness to the citrus notes of Bergamot. Best in the afternoon, and suggested without milk.

Extra Info:

Legend claims that the smoking process for lapsang souchong was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pinewood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but also the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

Ingredients:

Chinese Lapsang Souchong with natural Bergamot flavor,

Origin:

China

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6/16/2013

I've been a long time drinker (40+ years) of Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey teas. It was frequently a struggle to decide which to make. Now, I can have the best of both worlds. A friend of mine gave me a tin for my birthday a few months ago, and I love it. It is now hands down my favorite tea. My only word of caution is not to let it steep more than the commended 5 minutes, as it will tend to get bitter. Many teas are fairly forgiving on the timing, but this one is a bit fussy if you want the best flavor. No big deal.

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5 Stars
9/24/2011

I've been a Earl Grey snob well over 15 year and I love to change it up, but I always stay in the Grey. IMO This Smokey EG has a Excellent base with a Beautifully Smokey Strength that wraps the pallet and tantalizes the nose. Thank you NMTC for conjuring up this wonderful experience and I definitely will be ordering more.

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5 Stars
11/4/2010

I tried an ounce on whim -having never tried a smoked tea. I have to say I'm not a fan. I love earl grey and I love aged teas -but the smokiness in this tea was overpowering and not at all what I wanted in a tea. Thanks, David, for "gifting" your customers an ounce each month. It allows me to try new teas --some of which are now favorites!

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1 Stars
6/6/2011

I've been looking for a nice smokey tea. This was one was very well balanced with just the right amount of smokiness.

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4 Stars
1/22/2016

This is a great twist for Lapsang fans-it's much more Earl Grey/Bergamot than Lapsang smokiness, but just enough that you know you're drinking a Lapsang. If you're like me and a Lapsang nut, definitely give this a whirl. I am ambivalent about Earl Grey otherwise but I really dig this one.

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5 Stars
12/10/2017

Smoky Earl Grey was first developed in England (mid-20th century?) and is a challenge to find in the States. NM Tea does it brilliantly. Thanks, David!

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1/22/2018

This is my favorite tea right now. The primary flavor is Earl Gray, with just enough smokiness to give it the right amount of complexity and richness. It's great with milk and sugar or black. It's hard to find smoked Earl Gray in the US and I'm so glad to have found such an excellent blend of this type of tea.

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1/28/2018

I am Obsessed with this tea. For the whole week after I ran out of my first order, I actually dreamt about it every night. It's rich and smooth, pretty strong, but is great with or without cream/milk. My husband even enjoyed it while dealing with a sinus infection, despite usually disliking tea. While the vacuum-sealed packaging initially results in the smoke scent starting out extremely pungent, it fades away with each use and is totally worth enduring through to the second and third cups.

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