After discovering T2’s Earl Grey, of course I started exploring some of their options. I mean, that’s just obvious. And why wouldn’t you go trying one that had ‘royale‘ added to the name, and made me think of Samuel L Jackson every time I drink it?
3 min steeping.
Normal colour. Almost… savoury? scent. J suggests that it smells like haystacks (I was having trouble pinpointing it).
Taste: it’s definitely on the savoury side. T2 claims it to be ‘smoky’. Personally I loathe tea that smells like bushfires, so you won’t ever have me drinking Russian Caravan or T2’s London Breakfast, but this is ok. It’s not especially bergamot-y, and it’s definitely enhanced (for me) by sugar. It is infinitely more drinkable by the pot than T2’s ordinary Earl Grey, though.
This is quite a different Earl Grey for me. I like it, but I don’t really associate it with Earl Grey. T2 says that it’s “Yunnan leaves blended with bergamot produce a mysterious and complex brew.” Complex: I like that.