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I thought I’d keep up my Earl Grey trend of late and start my morning with something completely new to me — an Earl Grey Cream. Since I drink all my teas straight I really couldn’t fathom what a “cream” flavor would be like paired with an Earl Grey. The answer is yummy.

This tea isn’t listed on GTC’s website yet, so I sent Daniel Mann a PM to see if there’s any info available yet — I’ll update this tea’s listing and my note once I hear back. ETA: Daniel got back to me and yes, this is a brand new blend and he’s using us lucky Steepsterites as guinea pigs. I’m a happy guinea pig :D

The smell of both the dry leaves and the steeped ones were a sweet vanilla-ey fragrance with undercurrents of a black Earl Grey tea. I can’t say that I’ve ever used the term “hairy eyeball” in my life until I started trying GTC’s teas. I can’t say that I’m in love with the general combo of EG and a sweet vanilla-ey creaminess, but with this tea it’s really really good. I could imagine this type of tea going horribly wrong, but I think it works here. There were quite a few sips that were “NOM! NOM! NOM!” in a desert tea type-of-way. I could imagine this tea eventually becoming something that must be in stock in my cupboard, but it’s too soon for me to say. The EG itself was nice and smooth.

I must admit that I was once again distracted while trying to enjoy this tea: my final shipment for my Geek Pride Day Giveaway came this morning (only took the order 20 days to arrive :P) so I was busy putting the final touches on everything before I posted them. Therefore, the last 1/3 of my cup had completely cooled. I did not like the cooled cup — the citrusy aspects of the EG came through too much. The second steep (added a minute) was still yummy, but perhaps not as sweet. I look forward to trying this one again with complete focus. Another huge THANK YOU to Daniel Mann for sending this sample to me. NE

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! Another goodie-sounding one! I’ll tell ya…Georgia Tea Company is kickin’ butt and takin’ names!!!!

Rabs

No joke — they’re now at the top of my “purchase from next” queue. I’m keeping an eye on the Select hoping something will come up from GTC :D

Miss Sweet

Yum, this sounds delicious! Totally keeping an eye out for creamy earl greys now…

Rabs

It really is delicious — I took it with me to work in my travel mug and it’s really really sweet and yummy. I might have to bump up the rating later cuz i think that this has crossed over into teagasm territory. :)

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TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! Another goodie-sounding one! I’ll tell ya…Georgia Tea Company is kickin’ butt and takin’ names!!!!

Rabs

No joke — they’re now at the top of my “purchase from next” queue. I’m keeping an eye on the Select hoping something will come up from GTC :D

Miss Sweet

Yum, this sounds delicious! Totally keeping an eye out for creamy earl greys now…

Rabs

It really is delicious — I took it with me to work in my travel mug and it’s really really sweet and yummy. I might have to bump up the rating later cuz i think that this has crossed over into teagasm territory. :)

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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