Noveltea, The Tale of Earl Grey (70cl)

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Noveltea The Tale of Earl Grey - Earl Grey Tea with Gin.jpg

Noveltea, The Tale of Earl Grey (70cl)

24.95

Jancis Robinson: “Earl Grey tea and gin. On the back label: 'Upon its return from Asia, a ship of British merchants became trapped in a violent storm. Chests of black tea crashed into oak casks filled with Sicilian bergamot oil. Believing in this novel tea blend, Sir Charles Grey transformed British tea culture.' Their perfect serve is 125 ml over ice with a slice of orange. As an extra to the 'tale', Vincent told me that in the 18th century, women drank Earl Grey tea with gin because the gin was too rough to drink. It was called the Moseley Tea Serve.

Smells entirely, and delicately, of Earl Grey tea. Slightly spicy, slightly citrus, a little floral. Gossamer-fine tea tannins – silk-stocking texture – and just a hint of sweetness, as if they've dipped the tip of a teaspoon in sugar and mixed it in the glass. There's a tiny bit of Earl Grey smokiness and that citrus peel fragrance and bitterness that is so uniquely bergamot. And just at the back, a spring-petal note that reminds me of hawthorn. If anything is missing, it's the gin. I'm struggling to find the juniper. I'm missing the botanical edge and bitterness and pine-soaked bite of juniper. But the alcohol is so elegantly restrained that you could very easily forget you're drinking an alcoholic beverage. The balance is so perfect that I almost find myself looking for that little warning burn. But if you gave me the option of having this or Prosecco with my cucumber sandwiches and petits fours, I'd opt for this in a heartbeat.” Drink now-2019. 11% alc.

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