As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Earl grey tea has to be one of my favourite teas as it can be enjoyed milk free, perfect for dairy free me. I have tried several brands of earl grey tea of varying qualities. So when I was lucky to receive samples of Jadu Mademoiselle Grey tea from the Top Draw Show I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
I liked the design of the box. It was a simple black box with a simple label to the middle and a bow keeping the box sealed. The actual tea boxes on the Jadu website are a blue suede style box and look like that they are aimed at the luxurious tea market. Inside my sample box I had two samples of this tea. They were in clear sealed packaging but allowed you to see the teabag and its contents inside.
There was also a card inside the sample box which described the teas and detailed their ingredients. What was interesting was the short expiry date that the tea had to be used by, evidence that only fresh ingredients are used in these teabags. I checked the ingredients to the teabags and it was interesting, I liked the teas description it was their take on the classic earl grey. It contains black Sri Lankan tea, lemon peel, orange peel, lemongrass, red cornflowers, and flavour. Note that tea is blended and packed in the UK and made in a factory that handles nuts.
On opening the sealed packaging I got an immediate aroma of what I would describe as a strong quality black tea. I struggled to smell the citrus elements. On my close up sniff test I could smell a very faint undertone of citrus but the strength of the black tea overtook this. What I did like about these tea pyramids was the obvious quality of the ingredients inside they were clearly distinguishable and highly inviting. I just wanted to make my cup of tea.
I placed the tea pyramid in my cup and added the boiling water and let the tea infuse for three minutes as instructed. The hot water soon changed to the medium dark brown colour a little stronger than I personally I like for my tea. There was a fairly strong aroma of the black tea noted. I struggled to smell the citrus element, and to be fair I am not sure what cornflower should smell of. I did my close up sniff test and again the black tea was taking over I thought I could smell a flowery undertone and maybe a hint of citrus at a struggle, but which fruit this originated from I am not sure. As for the lemongrass I am sorry I just couldn’t smell this. On sipping the tea again the black tea seemed to overpower the other elements to this tea. There was a subtle undertone of citrus noted with a little floral intermingled in. I personally found the black tea to be dominant in the flavour of this tea blend. It is a quality black tea but it was too strong for my personal taste. I had high hopes for this tea but the citrus elements just didn’t seem to come through. On a positive I was able to re-steep the tea and had another cup. I think this tea may be better enjoyed with milk due to its strength as I have my tea milk free I was not able to try it this way.
So would I recommend this tea I am really sorry Jadu but if you like to enjoy a medium weak earl grey tea milk free like me it’s a no. The black tea element was just a tad overpowering for me and I felt that this impacted on the other flavours in the tea. Sorry Jadu, but this tea just wasn’t for me. That said I am looking forward to trying Jadu’s China Green tea as I think it will be more suited to my tea palate.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea. All of the opinions in this post are honest and not influenced by this.