I’ve always loved an earl grey, so I was intrigued when I spotted this Countess Grey tea from Fortnum and Mason.

Opening the canister, I was pleasantly surprised by the aroma and visual texture of the tea which features a mixture of rich black tea and marigold petals.

This twist on the traditional earl grey retains familiar bergamot flavours but adds a hint of orange citrus. It’s quite light and delicate, making it perfect for early morning. While the name itself has a very traditional feel, it really is a contemporary update on a classic blend – so it sits quite well with modernist Georg Jensen teaware. Given its bright and reviving notes, countess grey complements light sweet pastries (enjoy it with a ricotta and pistachio cannoli).

Brewing and Serving:
– being a black tea, use boiling water 100deg celsius.
– brew to 3-5 minutes
– I prefer it with milk, but you can also try it black with a slice of lemon or orange

Available from David Jones Bourke St Mall, Melbourne.