No. 09, The White Duke

 hay ~ delicately sweet ~ bergamot

Second cousin to the Earl Grey (but not second fiddle), these organic white tea buds are scented with the natural essence of Sicilian bergamot and dappled with delicate blue cornflowers. The difference between natural bergamot and its synthetic counterpart is a revelation. While the synthetic version resonates a singular note, the natural essence prompts awareness of a more faceted and voluptuous character true to the citrus' more complex nature. In a word, gorgeous. Lighter than a traditional Earl Grey, the White Duke is delicate, yet lively, with a clarity that makes this a truly elegant and masterful tea. Also lovely iced.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese white tea buds, organic bergamot essence, and organic blue cornflowers  

Pairs well with: fresh stone fruits and melons, nasturtium-topped lemon tarts, elderflower or strawberry fool, wild mushroom quiche and delicate tea sandwiches.

Brewing Instructions: 

  • 1 tsp per 8oz/250ml of water  
  • 175ºF/80ºC (Bring fresh, cold spring water to a boil. Remove from heat, set aside 3 minutes, and proceed.)  
  • Brew 4-6 minutes  
  • Good for 2 infusions 
$24.00