Hugo Grey is our rendition of Earl Grey, hand-blended with essential oil of bergamot from Italy's famed Reggio Calabria. The base tea is our flagship black; Gao Wen, a malty, almost Scotch-like tea from Ma Wei Shan farm in Yunnan. It provides a rich body and balanced "breakfast tea" flavor profile that compliments and uplifts the vibrant, citrusy bergamot. Freshness is paramount in scented and blended teas—for this reason we craft Hugo Grey on-site and in small lots, repeating the process often to ensure the product is always potent and flavorful.
This blend is exceptionally well-suited to signature drinks like the classic London Fog—unlike commodity Earl Grey teas, Hugo Grey doesn't use bergamot to conceal bitterness or burnt flavors, but rather to accent an already high-grade tea with a unique, zesty oil, resulting in a brew that is distinctly Hugo.
notes | grapefruit peel // applewood smoke // lemon zest
region | yunnan province
locale | ma mei shan farm & north kansas city
producer | yuanzhen li & hugo production team
cultivar | da ye
vintage | summer 2018
we don't recommend hugo grey be brewed in this style
2 grams—250 milliliters (8 ounces)—205° F (77° C)—4 minutes