Quinteassential Imperial Earl Grey: the ultimate tea room experience

“A good friend once told me, drinking good tea is like having a bath on the inside.”

Bernadine Tay, Tea Designer at Quinteassential

The past week I was a little bit down due to a very well spread in London autumn flu. Instead of giving up, I thought this was the ideal time for me to indulge in the greatly flavoured Quinteassential Imperial Earl Grey.

Reading the childhood memories of a tea designer Bernadine Tay how her mother was preparing black tea infused with oranges, reminded me of when I fell in love with tea. There always was a box of exotic tea in the cupboard that I had to boil the water for in a tin kettle and then steam for a couple of minutes, only to be able to lift up the saucer and feel that orange scent.

There was a time when my father was traveling for work across continents and he wanted to bring me a souvenir from each place, but all I asked him for was local tea. I was little and traveling was just a dream, but by tasting the different teas he was bringing me from Africa and Asia, I felt like I was exploring and tasting those distant lands.

Quinteassential

Quinteassential is a small independent brand for craft artisanal teas picked from the world’s finest gardens and created by their blend masters. Established in Cheshire, Quinteassential has been sharing its expertise and passion for teas with tea lovers from all over the world since 2010. Their passion and love behind every blend has won them seven Great Taste Awards!

Imperial Earl Grey

Description: Incredibly refined, black and a rare milky oolong are combined with bergamot to give a buttery, vanilla earl grey like no other.

A tale of East meets West. Set sail on the Chinese junk along the majestic Yangzi River. Red sales billow in the wind. The English gentlemen takes a sip of steaming oolong tea.

Hand-crafted with the finest oolong leaves and scented with Italian bergamot, oolong leaves mingles with the soft citrus aroma. A hint of vanilla rises as it steams, adding a unique textual base to this traditional British recipe.

Recommendation: Enjoy hot, iced or in a Martini.

Price: 50g packet – £6.00; 100g box – £18.00

I was quickly taken to dreamland by the complex taste of Quinteassential Imperial Earl Grey tea. Once I opened the modern looking box, a beautiful set of tea tools was revealed in front of me: amazingly scented loose leaves, disposable tea filters and wooden sticks. A special thought has been given to provide the ultimate tea room experience at the home comfort.

How it works

  1. Take a spoon of the loose leaves and add to one of the paper sachets. Close it all up with the wooden Quinteassential holder.
  2. Pour hot water over the tea bag in your favourite tea cup.
  3. Scan the QR code on the back of the tea box with your smart phone and a special music plays. The soundrack is selected to evoke the best mood for the exact duration needed to brew the tea.
  4. Enjoy your cup full of warm layered flavours and you will see how the cold grey day will become a whole lot more joyful 🙂

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Martini cocktail

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, I found this cool recipe for a Martini cocktail with the Quinteassential Imperial Earl Grey Tea.
A chic evening with home made cocktails is on my To-do list for one of the coming weekends 🙂