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*Our current batch of this popular tea tastes & looks different than usual. The bergamot notes in our blend are typically more oriented to notes of zesty orange, with a light floral undertone. At the moment, this tea leans more to a bright lemony character, accompanied by stronger floral, lavender-like notes. The dry tea leaves are also smaller, but also a bit puffier in appearance than usual.
Premium quality, organic tea is like fine wine—it changes from batch to batch & season to season. Rainfall patterns & temperature variations cause changes to the taste of ingredients, & to the appearance of tea leaves. This is a plus overall, because it reflects a high quality, fresh, seasonal product grown in harmony with nature, & showcases the use of natural ingredients. We do not use any artificial flavourings.
However, this batch of IMPERIAL EARL GREY is showing a much more significant change than previous batches. The key factor responsible for this is climate change. Rising heat levels & stronger dry spells followed by unusually heavy rains are fundamentally altering the taste of ingredients, as well as the appearance of tea leaves. Plants are being subjected to severe stresses as they respond to these unusual climatic conditions, & that ends up being reflected in the taste & visual appearance of the tea leaves. For over a decade, we've been hearing from farmers about increasing difficulties due to climate change, & observing significant changes in tea's taste & leaf appearance. Differences from harvest to harvest used to be subtle. However, the longer-term effects of increasingly extreme weather patterns are causing the differences to become even more pronounced.
If you love this tea & purchase it regularly, we recommend purchasing a smaller quantity of this batch, in case it's not your cup of tea! As tea is a food product, it is not refundable, so it's best to stock up once you know for sure you're a fan of this batch.
We will continue to update this page with details about how future batches of this tea taste. Check back to find out more about how the next batch tastes, once it is available.
In the event you fall in love with this version, we recommend purchasing more soon, as climate change is having unpredictable effects on harvests, so we don't yet know what the next batch will reveal in terms of aroma & taste.
We are not in a position to offer free samples at this time, but if you'd like to try it before you buy a larger quantity, a mini-tin is a great trial size to purchase for only $4.99.
The history behind this blend: we are renowned for our IMPERIAL EARL GREY, made with the highest quality natural, organic ingredients. The signature ingredient that is responsible for the characteristic aroma of this classic tea is bergamot—a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit. Essence extracted from the peel of the fruit is infused into black tea. This is the authentic way that this tea was made originally, & our IMPERIAL EARL GREY still contains real bergamot essence. The result is a tea that has a truer, fresher & more "real" citrus taste. We pair organic bergamot with high quality organic black tea that has a smooth, satisfyingly rich taste for the ultimate Earl Grey experience. When we originally released this tea, we called the blend Canton Orange. The reason is that we were paying homage to where this tea is believed to have been invented. Originally, the tea was said to have been made with a type of bergamot that came from what was referred to as "Canton" province, now known as Guangdong province.
Nowadays, it's very rare to encounter Earl Grey tea made without the use of artificial flavours, as artificial flavours have become the norm in the tea industry. This is because artificial flavours are cheaper & result in a more consistent taste, but they have a higher carbon footprint & may also have some unexpected side effects.
In our view (& that of our many loyal clients), artificial flavouring doesn't compare to the taste of real bergamot. Many clients also report that they don't react well to artificial flavours & there is increasing concern about the potential health impacts of artificial flavours. The other downside of artificial flavours is that they don't appear to contain the benefits of real ingredients. Real bergamot has been linked to natural mood boosting & stress relieving qualities.
What makes our IMPERIAL EARL GREY TEA unique & special is that we use the highest quality bergamot & black tea, masterfully blended together to create the most peak taste possible, based on what mother nature provides us with.
flavour profile: the irresistible taste of bergamot enhanced by a lively Ceylon tea
ingredients: Ceylon black tea grown at 6000 feet, bergamot fruit essence
Please note that:
- Bulk sizes of teabags are temporarily sold out due to supply chain shortages. We are currently experiencing shortages of both the tea filter material that the teabags are made of, as well as the material that is used to individually wrap the teabags (these are sold as bulk 85 individually wrapped teabags). We do not have an estimated arrival date for when these items will be back in stock, so we recommend you purchase the 12 packs of teabags for now.
- Our current packaging for teabags is a compostable recycled paper material, as shown in these images. We are sold out of the original red & white packaging at this time. There are also shortages of packaging materials at this time, so we aren’t yet sure what packaging these will be available in once this style of kraft satchels sells out! If any changes occur, we’ll update these photos so you can see what’s next.
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Teabags are available in three sizes:
Looking for bulk teabags? We are sold out of all sizes larger than our 12 teabag/24 cup size & are experiencing delays in receiving more of our compostable tea filters in order to make more of the bulk sizes. We do not have a current estimate on when we'll have bulk bags available again. We are not taking a customer request for the bulk sizes of teabags at this time. We recommend you check back here on the website in about 4 weeks to find out more about their status.
A zip top satchel: containing 12 teabags. Each individual tea bag brews a generous two cup serving of tea. Perfect for everyday use, travel & gifts.
38 unwrapped teabags: (contains one type of tea). Perfect for households & workplaces where you like to drink a lot of tea (or want to encourage more tea drinking)! More tea = happier, healthier people. When you purchase this size, you’re saving 13% as compared to the standard 12 teabag format. To maintain the tea’s freshness when purchasing this size, we recommend transferring the teabags into an airtight container away from exposure to light & heat.
85 individually wrapped teabags: (contains one type of tea per bulk package of 85 teabags). Our individual wrap is compostable cellulose, sustainably sourced from FSC managed forests. Individually wrapped teabags are perfect for the home & workplaces. These are also great for taking single teabags with you when you are on the go. They also make great favours for weddings, showers, kid’s birthdays, fundraisers, swag bags & more.
Please note that this is the only size format that we offer individually wrapped teabags in—they are not available for purchase in smaller quantities. When you purchase this size, you’re saving 24% as compared to the standard 12 teabag format & getting the added value of the individually wrapped teabag. Please note that compostable materials including the individual wrap for these teabags will deteriorate when exposed to sunlight & heat. Store these in a cupboard or drawer away from exposure to light & heat, which will also maximize the tea’s freshness.
About Our Teabags
Each individual tea bag brews a generous 2 cup serving of tea. Enjoy the convenience of a tea bag without compromising quality.
- Our teabags are made of plant fibre & the entire teabag (including tag & string) are fully compostable.
- We pack the teabags locally ourselves using our own dedicated teabag packaging equipment to ensure the highest level of freshness & quality control.
- Our teabag equipment is highly specialized & designed to protect tea’s freshness & flavour. It doesn’t crush, damage or heat tea leaves.
This tea is also available for purchase as a loose tea, packaged in our signature silver tins.
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