*Photo from Drugstore.com
Much as I wanted to, I haven’t been a fan of Earl Grey tea for most of my life. But the noble story behind it makes me feel as though sitting in a chair next to the window, sipping it while reading Oscar Wilde would make me a better person. I went to a friend’s house recently and saw a colorful box of Stash tea sitting in the cupboard. “It’s ok, you can drink it, my roommate won’t notice,” he said.
Before my experience with the (formerly unbeknownst to me) ubiquitous Stash variety, I hadn’t known that bergamot was a main ingredient in Earl Grey. Every other version I tried, perhaps following the tacit maxim that “classy” is often synonymous with “unpleasant,” tasted like dry tobacco and dust. Stash Earl Grey is greased with real bergamot and holds its oily texture in the cup. It also tastes like lavender and smells wonderful. The box says it’s a blend of Ceylon, Assam, and Yunnan black teas. Drink it hot. Buy at Walmart.
*As of this post, I couldn’t find a picture compliant with my computer’s security settings. Sorry. the package is purple just so you know. Check out http://www.stashtea.com