Bored of my usual tea, I grabbed a box of this Duchess Grey the last time I was at Trader Joe's. It was a fortuitous grab because I am absolutely loving it. Citrusy and fortified with plenty of black tea, hot or iced, a glass of the Duchess hits the spot these long summer days.This tea is a spin on the classic Earl Grey tea, which is black tea flavored with bergamot
. Duchess Grey gets some extra punch from orange and lemon peels added to the blend.
It makes a bright orange tea with a strong orange aroma and a complex floral-citrus flavor. It's pretty in the glass and I love how its spicy scent fills the room as I work.
Don't let the bag steep for longer than five minutes for hot tea as it can quickly go from smooth and tasty to bitter and astringent. For iced tea, I like to cold-steep one teabag in a big quart canning jar overnight in the fridge. I've also taken the bag from my morning tea and dropped it in a glass of cool water for a more subtle flavor in the afternoon.
Have you tried this tea? (And by the by, my best guess is that this is a Trader Joe's clone of Twining's Lady Grey tea.) What do you think of it?
Related: Recipe: Earl Grey Tea Cookies
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