The tea leaves in this blend are certified organic and produced to fair labor standards.
Hugo Grey is our rendition of Earl Grey, hand-blended with essential oil of bergamot from Italy's famed Reggio Calabria region. 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 pith | peat | vibrant
style — blended dianhong ("yunnan red" + bergamot oil)
cultivar — da ye ("big leaf")
region — yunnan province | midwest
locale — ma mei shan farm | north kansas city
producer — yuanzhen li | hugo production team
vintage — summer 2019
(use soft, freshly boiled water)
[300 ml+ vessel — BOLI, large teapot
3 grams — 205°F (96°C) — 5 minutes
[150 ml- vessel — gaiwan, small teapot]
brewing blended teas in this style is not recommended