So in comparison with bigelow’s earl grey, this just isn’t up to par. And I’m talking about bigelow bagged earl grey which is unfortunate, I suppose loose leaf isn’t always the best choice when it comes to certain providers.
The scent of the tea after steeping is very citric and not nearly as pleasing as the scent of just-steeped bigelow earl grey. It’s more of a impeding citrus scent that over powers any pleasing herbal scents. Just the same, the taste itself leaves something to be desired. It really taste as though they went a bit over board in the citric department and didn’t allow the herbs themselves to promote any flavor.
I’m currently trying it out like I do my other earl greys, with sugar ( or agave ) and some milk. Oh, also the recommendations behind the tin says it’s usually not “enjoyed” with milk and steeping time should be about five minutes. I like doing things my own way and enjoy the added milk, as well i’m not sure about their suggested steeping time. Five minutes seems to get it a bit bitter and I find myself doubling up on the sugar (agave).
Anyway, hopefully you aren’t like me and buy a tin of this on a whim because of your earl grey disposition.