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When I took the first sip of this tea, I though, mmm… a refreshing Earl Grey! I drank it, formulating my review around the bergamot flavor, and then went to write my review. But, wait, it’s not an Earl Grey? Cinnamon!? Passion fruit!? Mango!? Really!?

This tea has completely thrown me.

It’s an Earl Grey. Only it’s not.

Dry, the tea looks beautiful. It’s black with long, yellow petals scattered throughout. It smells refreshing and clean, slightly spicy. 200/1.25 min. I went with a light steep. I’m really glad I did as this is one heck of a strong tea. It smells of Earl Grey. It looks like Earl Grey. It tastes like Earl Grey. It’s bitter like Earl Grey. Hm. It’s not Earl Grey?

Oh well, it’s still good.

Thank you, Indigobloom, for this baffling, yet lovely tea swap! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

Hmm, early grey, really? I never considered that! to me, EG tastes kinda earthy and floral in a bad way, but this one is more chocolatey. I updated the pic, is that what it looked like?? I’m wondering if maybe I put the wrong tea in the bag… but then I haven’t got any EG in my cupboard except my rooibos!

Indigobloom

either way, good that you enjoyed it! :)

QuiltGuppy

I did get some of the maltiness, but I think that I picked up on the floral notes as bergamot. I’m not certain. I did enjoy it a lot, though. Yes, it looks like the photo. :)

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Indigobloom

Hmm, early grey, really? I never considered that! to me, EG tastes kinda earthy and floral in a bad way, but this one is more chocolatey. I updated the pic, is that what it looked like?? I’m wondering if maybe I put the wrong tea in the bag… but then I haven’t got any EG in my cupboard except my rooibos!

Indigobloom

either way, good that you enjoyed it! :)

QuiltGuppy

I did get some of the maltiness, but I think that I picked up on the floral notes as bergamot. I’m not certain. I did enjoy it a lot, though. Yes, it looks like the photo. :)

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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