I fell in love with Earl Grey tea when I was fifteen. I was working in the kitchen of a country café at the time. As with all jobs, there were parts I loved and parts I’d rather didn’t exist. I’d make huge ten litre buckets of coleslaw, scrub pans until my fingers were sore, peel potatoes for hours on end and you’d often find me head and shoulders in an industrial sized oven. Come break time, it was my job to make tea for the entire staff and one of the waitresses would bring in her own tea bags. I remember the first time I poured the hot water over her Earl Grey tea bag and thinking the smell that wafted above was heavenly. That was it. It had me.
Since then I’ve had a real romance with my favourite tea and this Summer, I’ve found the very best Earl Grey. It comes from a company called Jing.
Given that they supply more than 50 Michelin starred restaurants, it’s no surprise that it’s the best I’ve ever sampled. Quite unusually though, their Earl Grey comes peppered with cornflowers.
I’ve been drinking mine in a nifty infuser mug that Jing kindly popped in the post for me to try. It’s certainly the most practical infuser I’ve used. The little lid flips over to hold the infuser when you take it out. No fuss, no mess and plenty of style.
Like a fine wine, Jing’s Earl Grey will be my special occasion brew. It’s nothing to do with the price tag (£13 for 100g) but I have a genuine concern that if I drink this all the time I’ll never be able to settle for any other Earl! If you’re a fan, you need to try it!