Gianfranco’s Earl Grey
Gian Franco’s Earl Grey, £10/100g. The finest bergamots in the world come from Calabria in Southern Italy where every year Gianfranco Todisco selects fruit grown naturally without chemicals and cold presses them for this Earl Grey. Then black tea from small tea farms – Mineral Springs in Darjeeling and Sahyadri in Kerala – is blended to compliment his fragrant bergamot oil.
The relatively light scenting gives a better balance between the taste of the oil and the tea. The cold pressed bergamot oil that Gianfranco processes is bright and citrusy with a fruity, grapefruit-like taste that is much milder than its aroma suggests, many miles away from more floral or perfumed oils which are often used to scent Earl Grey teas.
Plants: Blend of Camellia Sinensis Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis Assamica.
Size of farm: 2 acres (average)
Brewing: 95-100°C, 3-4g per cup, with or without milk. 2 infusions.