Certified Fairtrade organic Dianhong black tea, certified organic sweet orange peel, cornflower petals and bergamot oil
The world’s favourite tea gets a floral makeover with Tielka's Earl Royale pyramid infusers: fresh yet familiar, brisk yet blossomy. At the heart of Earl Royale are the malt-tinted leaves of Dianhong black tea, picked in one of China’s most famous tea producing regions. These leaves are filled with antioxidants, aid in the digestive process, and help protect your teeth with fluoride. The pressed oil of Italian bergamot and sweet orange peel adds fresh, astringent notes to the tea, while blue cornflower petals bring a calming, floral aftertaste.
The many antioxidants and polyphenols in black tea are associated with a number of health benefits. Specifically, black tea contains complex flavonoids, which are polyphenols that aid in disease prevention. These flavonoids are a type of antioxidant that has been demonstrated to lower the risk of heart disease. They do this by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and preventing damage in both the bloodstream and at artery walls. Perhaps the most-studied tea health benefit is its anti-cancer benefit. It appears that the polyphenols in tea help prevent the formation of potential carcinogens in the body. While most of the study has been on green tea, there is a growing body of evidence that black tea also plays a role in cancer prevention.
PLASTIC-FREE TEA BAGS
Did you know that brewing a plastic tea bag at 95°C releases around 11.6 billion microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic between 100 nanometres and 5 millimetres in size, into a single cup(source)?
Tielka's plastic-free tea bag fabric comes from a sustainable, bio-renewable source. They also opted not to seal their tea bags with harmful glue, but by ultrasound.
Tielka's tea bags are also industrially compostable.
Use one pyramid per person. Brew with 200ml freshly boiled water and infuse for up to three minutes.
Note From The Maker
It's exhilarating to create something genuine, made completely from scratch, my own unique creation. I find it totally inspiring and exhausting. This "desire" to create can sometimes be my worst enemy, or my best friend, but this time, I have to say Earl Royale and me are now BFF.
For this tea, it just wasn't enough for me to source a ready-made Earl Grey (as is the usual practice), I had to do it myself. In the tea industry, it doesn't take long to realise that flavouring is a common way for tea companies to make cheap tea profitable - put enough flavouring on poor-grade tea and voila, the smell itself is enough to sell your product. You also mask those nasty flavours... at least a bit (but that aftertaste ugh!). And then there's the "bergamot" oil. In my tea travels I have also discovered that genuine bergamot oil is rarely applied to tea due to the high cost and limited shelf-life. Usually a blend of flavours similar to bergamot oil is used instead.
So when I created this tea, at great risk, I went and ordered a whole kilogram of genuine bergamot oil, all the way from Italy, and got mixing with our signature Yunnan Province Tielka Breakfast Black Tea. A few cornflower petals and some sweet orange peel thrown into the mix and there it was - Earl Royale Black Tea.
We see an interesting pattern when people buy this tea. First purchase - one small box of Earl Royale, second purchase (a week later) - one medium pouch of Earl Royale, followed by regular monthly top-ups. There's something about that bright smell, the first citrusy mouthful and then there's an unexpected WOW note at the end. It's a completely pleasant and defining aftertaste of gorgeous, full-of-depth black tea. Rare? Definitely. This one is the pride of the Tielka collection.
Meet The Supplier
At Tielka, they select the finest ethically grown certified organic teas and herbal teas, direct from growers at harvest. Their award-winning organic Fairtrade tea collection is ethically curated for you, and sustainably packaged in Queensland, Australia, ensuring optimal freshness.
Tielka's teas appeal to those who are discerning, those with a sense of self and style. Those who appreciate that it is the moments in life when you give to yourself - the me-time we all need.
Tielka offers both loose leaf tea and plastic-free, plant-based tea bags that come from a sustainable, bio-renewable source. They are committed to sourcing and using materials that are both good for you and good for the planet. As the packaging industry develops and becomes even more technologically advanced, Tielka are making every move possible to ensure their business will continue to support your health and the environment.