Monday, April 7, 2014

Things I Love : Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea

Stash made a good thing even better, adding double 100% pure bergamot to their award winning Earl Grey tea.

For many years, Stash Earl Grey Tea has been a favorite of tea lovers. Many people seem to love the careful balance of citrussy oil of bergamot and the blend of fine black teas.


Oil of bergamot comes from the rind of a citrus fruit which grows very well in the Calabria region of Italy. Pure top quality oil of bergamot is expensive but no blend or man-made flavoring can match the ethereal aroma and finely nuanced flavor of the real thing.

Certain Earl Grey fanatics have grown especially fond of the top grade Calabrian oil of bergamot that we use and have asked for more, ..More,... MORE! Thus was born Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey.

In Stash's Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea, the black tea base still serves as a solid foundation for this blend, but the oil of bergamot takes wing and soars to new unprecedented heights. The flavor is quite pronounced but not at all soapy or bitter which would happen with low grade oils. Is the flavor too strong? For a conservative drinker, maybe yes, but more adventurous types really seem to like it.

This is a great late afternoon or early evening tea. It goes very well with shortbread and cream scones. And for a uniquely appealing cold beverage, try Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea on ice.

We first encountered Double Bergamot Early Grey at Corrado's Market on Berdan Avenue, just off the Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne NJ but it's available in most supermarkets (if you can't find it, ask!)