Something historic happened last week. Something with such mixed blessings it's difficult to really even interpret it's possible long term ramifications yet. But I'll certainly try. Those of us who really love our Darjeeling teas may already be aware, but most people won't be. Darjeeling is now ruled by the Gorkha.
When we think of breakfast teas, we're most commonly thinking about some form of CTC (cut, tear, curl) processed black tea. These are those small grained black pellets we're used to seeing with English and Irish Breakfast teas as well as with traditionally prepared Indian Chai teas. But this one is different.
I've been on an Earl Grey kick of late. Part of this is inspired by my grandfather who really likes his Earl Grey. I've been helping him graduate from bagged teas to loose teas and do hope he's enjoying them. Let's see if this Creme de la Earl Grey from Townshend's Tea may be up his alley.
My favorite Earl Grey yet is this Winter White Earl Grey from Harney & Sons. It's a Mutan white tea based blend with oil of bergamot. I think you'll find this tea as soothing as I do.
You can meet some pretty stellar people by going to exhibitions. Just that is what has happened the past two years at the World Tea Expo for me out in Las Vegas! This tea was presented to me by the fine folks at Jun Chiyabari.