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).
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!