new tea tuesday: smith teamakers lord bergamot

By now readers of my New Tea Tuesday series are well aware of my passion for Earl Grey, and Earl Grey inspired drinks (hello, cocktails). When I was in the local New Haven health food store, Elm City Market, the other day preparing for a picnic, I couldn’t help but take a peak at the tea section.  Inside I was saying that I have more than enough tea right now, but I couldn’t resist picking up a new tea to try out from Smith Teamaker.

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The first thing I will say about this impulse buy, is that I normally go loose leaf- pretty much always.  Lately, I have been looking to simplify a number of my routines in nearly every aspect of my life (see 2017: the year of more)  That wasn’t really a motivator in picking this bagged tea over some other loose leaf teas that I had my eye on, but I did think about it for a sec in the decision making process.

What prompted me to select this over the vast amount of other teas at Elm City Market was the about section of their website which I would encourage you to read. I have to say I have always wanted to visit a tea farm in some far off land and explore the rolling hills sunk in the fog- I have romanticized that daydream a lot.  Reading the about section took me there, and instantly the box of tea went into my basket.  Marketing and branding are amazing things!

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So this morning I took a walk in the crisp fall-ish New England weather. A cool breeze and leaves floating around in the air. It was a perfect start to my day, and I was really excited to take this tea with me for a test drive.

As an avid, and sort of snobbish, Earl Grey fan I felt like we were natural fits. For me, a good Earl, and Earl inspired, tea feels like home..it feels comforting and natural.  Drinking Lord Bergamot was a delicious treat with a really nice bergamot essence. There have been plenty of times when the bergamot was over bearing in other teas I have tried, and with this blend (Blend No. 55) it just felt right.  I guess that is a perfect review, when everything just tastes right.  Not sure how else to better classify a natural fit than saying it was just right!

 

Another interesting feature of Smith Teamaker is that you can actually look up the batch for origin details.

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Here is a summary of my exact tea:


LORD BERGAMOT

pack date:

2017-06-15

batch no.:

501345

notes:

Little known fact: Lord Bergamot is on the board of the Society of Bumpy Citrus Fruits. It’s a very rough and tumble organization but, Lord Bergamot adds an air of class to it.

ingredients:

  • Ceylon Uva OP1

    Produced on the Halpewatte estate in the Uva district of Sri Lanka. Harvested in early September of 2016 and offered by our good friend Shamal.

  • Ceylon Uva OP1

    Produced on the Demodera estate in the Uva district of Sri Lanka. Harvested in early September of 2016 and offered by our good friend Shamal.

  • Assam 2nd Flush TGFOP1

    Produced on the Bokel estate in the Assam River Valley, India in June 2016 and offered by our good friend Mohan.

  • Ceylon Dimbulla OP1

    Produced on the Torrington Estate in Sri Lanka in February of 2017 and offered by our good friend Shamal.

  • Ceylon Dimbulla OP1

    Produced on the Dickwella Estate in Sri Lanka in February of 2017 and offered by our good friend Shamal.

  • Assam 2nd Flush TGFOP1

    Produced on the Harmutty estate in the Assam River Valley, India in June 2016 and offered by our good friend Mohan.

  • Assam 2nd Flush TGFOP1

    Produced on the scenic Langharajan estate in the Assam River Valley, India in June 2016 and offered by our good friend Mohan.

  • Bergamot Oil

    Harvested and pressed in Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy in February 2017, and offered by our friend Stephen Pisano.

So before I get all lovey dovey on this new tea brand I can’t wait to explore more, I will throw one con out, which I hope the folks at Smith Teamakers will appreciate.  As a loose leaf drinker, I typically will take the tag off my tea bag and let it steep well in my to go cups.  When I went to remove the tag from my tea bag, it tore a hole in the bag.  Good news is now I can have that one loose, but I have never ripped a bag removing the tag before. Not the end of the world, but worth mentioning if anyone in the land of Smith Teamakers reads this!

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Of course I can’t end on a negative, so I will say that some positives about the bag are that they are very roomy allowing the tea to dance around in the water and really release the flavors.  I also LOVE that the bag is compost-able, yay for green living!

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Next trip to Portland Oregan will definitely involve a stop to their tea room!

 

Currently Listening to: Smiling by Geotic.  You can check that song and soooo many more great tunes out on my Paisley Rosie Featured Songs Playlist on Spotify


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