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This tea is the reason I ended up placing an order at English Tea Store, since I seem unable to resist teas with clever literature references in the name. Not that there’s a big market for that, but come on… Dorian Grey! A tea of fleeing beauty! Their “samples” are a full ounce so I ended up with quite a bit of a ton of different teas (I got 3 “sample packs”), but this is the one I’ve been wanting to try the most. It’s too hot for tea, really, but today that isn’t going to stop me!

I love earl grey and pretty much any variation of it (as long as it’s not, like, rooibos banana earl grey) but I have yet to have one with caramel. I was worried this would be a bit dessert-y instead of a nice afternoon tea, but the caramel is pretty light here. Sometimes caramel teas can get a little heavy, but the taste is quite soft and almost airy here. I found the same thing true of their chocolate mint—sweet teas, but not enough to push them into dessert territory. This looks like a very floral blend with tons of whole dried flowers (it’s so pretty!) but the floral tones are also quite soft and subtle. The bergamot is also there of course, since it is an earl grey after all! And the base is nice and malty, but not too overpowering and with no bitterness or astringency.

This strikes me as a very romantic cup, both because of the name and the wonderful melding of flavors. Soft, subtle, gentle, and warming. Definitely one of the best earl greys I’ve tried!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

What a great book! I saw a B and W movie of it a long long time ago as well which was excellent!
I love the English Tea Store! I have yet to be totally let down by one of their teas. If by chance I have not liked one it would have been due to my just not caring for that kind or flavor of tea overall. A great place to order from!

Alphakitty

I used to watch the b&w movie a lot with my parents, so this tea brings up some very pleasant memories.

I’ve been really happy with everything I’ve gotten from them so far, especially given the very low pricing. I have a whole ton left to try, but I am really liking the base they use for flavored teas—sadly I forgot to order Lady Londonderry, which seems to be everyone’s favorite.

Kittenna

Bahahaha, rooibos banana earl grey. I would actually try that! But, I probably wouldn’t like it :P

Alphakitty

That was pretty much the grossest flavor combination I could think of XD Okay, maybe mocha rose banana rooibos earl grey would be more disgusting.

Kittenna

Throw in some mint and I’m pretty sure you’ll hit the epitome of disgusting :P

JacquelineM

I’m all for teas with clever literature references in the name! A market of two at the very least :) :) :)

gmathis

I’ve discovered that I prefer the Earl Greys that tone down the bergamot with a complementary go-with. Caramel sounds great.

Azzrian

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Azzrian

What a great book! I saw a B and W movie of it a long long time ago as well which was excellent!
I love the English Tea Store! I have yet to be totally let down by one of their teas. If by chance I have not liked one it would have been due to my just not caring for that kind or flavor of tea overall. A great place to order from!

Alphakitty

I used to watch the b&w movie a lot with my parents, so this tea brings up some very pleasant memories.

I’ve been really happy with everything I’ve gotten from them so far, especially given the very low pricing. I have a whole ton left to try, but I am really liking the base they use for flavored teas—sadly I forgot to order Lady Londonderry, which seems to be everyone’s favorite.

Kittenna

Bahahaha, rooibos banana earl grey. I would actually try that! But, I probably wouldn’t like it :P

Alphakitty

That was pretty much the grossest flavor combination I could think of XD Okay, maybe mocha rose banana rooibos earl grey would be more disgusting.

Kittenna

Throw in some mint and I’m pretty sure you’ll hit the epitome of disgusting :P

JacquelineM

I’m all for teas with clever literature references in the name! A market of two at the very least :) :) :)

gmathis

I’ve discovered that I prefer the Earl Greys that tone down the bergamot with a complementary go-with. Caramel sounds great.

Azzrian

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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