I don’t really like Earl Grey. Bergamot just isn’t the flavor for me, though I don’t mind the smell. I don’t hate Earl Grey either, but it’s really a “take it or leave it”. I will drink it if I am served it, but I don’t seek it out.
That said…I drank this tea every morning for all of last winter. The vanilla really softens the harshness of the citrus while leaving the distincitive smell and deeper flavors. It’s excellent with a dash of milk and sugar; the black tea body is just strong enough to make a “full”-tasting mug without kicking you in the teeth with malty or “dark” flavors.
Bottom line, this is Earl Grey without the teeth. Take that as you will.