Çaykur – Turkey’s National Çay (Tea)

There are countless images that come to mind when someone mentions Turkey and one of those images is of hot Turkish tea (çay) served in a small, tulip-shaped glasses. Rize, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, is the main producer of tea and Çaykur, Turkey’s national tea company, harvests its tea here.

Just over a week ago, I did a post on bergamot after we saw someone walking by with two of the biggest, lumpiest fruits we had ever seen. (See the photo in the link and you’ll know what I mean.) We were told that bergamot is the aroma used in Earl Grey tea and today, we received a useful comment under the post, recommending Çaykur Tomurcuk Çay (Earl Grey tea).

Çaykur Tomurcuk Çay

Çaykur loose tea comes in these great tins

A quick trip to the supermarket and the said Çaykur tomurcuk çay was purchased. So we’ve had a civilised afternoon over a pot of hot Earl Grey tea. Very comforting in this very grey, wet Fethiye weather! I can’t compare Çaykur to any other brands of Earl Grey tea for the simple reason that neither of us have ever had it before, but the citrus bergamot flavours were definitely in evidence, if delicate.

I’m a tea freak. I can’t function in the mornings until two mugs have been downed. I drink Çaykur tea all the time (usually green tea) purely for the fact that the loose tea comes in these little tins. They make great homes for spare coins and other little bits and bobs that you can never find a home for!

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  1. Earl Grey’s my favorite of all teas … with a lemon wedge, no sugar. Ahhh ….

  2. Ooooh, must give it a try with a lemon wedge. I don’t have sugar in my tea anyway. That’s tomorrow morning’s drink sorted then.

  3. I looked at the bergamot(!!!) pictures. Giant size! Bergamots are mandalina shaped, but they are smaller and the colour is green. I don’t know about Fethiye, Bodrum is bergamot country.

  4. Interesting because our friend’s mum (who’s grown these bergamots) has family connections in Bodrum. The ones in the photo I think are overgrown and that’s why they’re so misshapen, like when you see lumpy lemons late in the season. You could see thay had been green at some point in their life. 🙂

  5. They are bergamots I saw lots of bergamots like those ones.
    Sometimes lemons or bergamots can be in that shape.


    Hope you enjoyed the rain with some spice.

  6. I love retro tea tins! Pretty and reusable. Earl Grey is my favourite tea at the moment. I’d love to try the Turkish equivalent, especially with bergamots the size of my head! 😀

  7. @Eastanbul: I guess that’s confirmed then! 🙂 We’d never heard of them till our friend produced these things so we had nothing to compare them to.

    @Corinne: They’re just great aren’t they. We’ve got them dotted all over the house.

  8. @Eastanbul: Just tried to read the blog post on the link you sent. (Think I got the general gist!) It looks as though the bergamot photo I took is the type of bergamot that grows here in Muğla. The jam certainly looks the same. Thanks for that.

  9. @Julia the link says there are 2 different types of bergamots grown in Turkey. The ones you had is common in Mugla the other type which looks more like lemon is common in Antalya. Also the link told that this type has a more strong taste.

  10. @Eastanbul: Hey, maybe my Turkish is a bit better than I thought! 🙂 (It’s actually awful but I’m very impressed with that.)

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