Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Milk Tea's Favorite Cookie: Earl Grey from Fortnum and Mason

I very rarely take milk with my tea. My favorite sencha just doesn't go well with milk. And matcha can go well with milk but I don't normally dilute the flavors of my matcha with milk. But a lot of people love to pair milk and tea. Tea with a splash of milk and biscuits just sounds so proper! So, sometimes I do take milk. But when I do, it has to be Darjeeling, Assam, or Earl Grey. 

I really love this Classic Earl Grey from Fortnum and Mason. It is very simple, just black tea with bergamot. It doesn't have the frills of Cream of Earl Grey but I love it. It brews beautifully, doesn't leave a tannic after taste and smells incredible. The bergamot is not overly powerful.  It also stays robust even after a second steep.What more could you ask of your Earl Grey? It serves as a wonderful afternoon tea but can also be had in the morning for a light dose of caffeine.

Adding milk to this tea adds on a whole other depth. It becomes rich and filling. I love that the bergamot scent lingers over the tea cup. I paired my afternoon tea with these popular biscuits - Oreos! Have you had these Red Velvet and Cinnamon Bun Oreos? There are a million Oreo flavors now but these two caught my eye. The Red Velvet is made with red food coloring and the center is cream cheese flavored! The cinnamon bun flavor tastes like fall, with aromatic spices and a sweet cream center. I'm partial to the original flavor but these were fun for afternoon tea!

What kind of tea do you like with milk? Are there other Oreo flavors I don't know about?

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