drank Earl Grey by Steepster
276 tasting notes

I got my last Steepster Select box for the summer a few days ago… I think. This week is a blur. Hubs had surgery on Tuesday to fix his deviated septum. So I’m a little out of it on what events happened when since about last Thursday :D

This Select box confused me a bit – I think they consolidated the samples into 1 packet each instead of 2, as all the packets are fatter and this one definitely had enough for 2 servings. But it was a bit disconcerting to have half the number of packets expected and no mention in the box of the change. No email notice of it either, and Steepster kept going down so I couldn’t even check the forums for any mention of it.

I am having a pot of this with my morning oatmeal. Not a great match, but not as bad as another EG might be. It’s not as heavy on the bergamot as most EGs, and the lemon is pretty light too – I hate when tea tastes like I got smacked in the face with a can of Lemon Pledge.

I tend to think of EG as an aggressive flavor. It’s very “HEY! I’M EARL GREY!” and this isn’t doing that; it’s very understated. The volume is turned down to a 5 or so instead of an 8. In comparison, Lapsang Souchong is generally a 9. 10 is reserved for really obnoxious flavored teas, and 11 is for industrial accidents.

I am pretty burned out on Earl Greys though, so it’s not something I would order. But it’s good as far as EGs go, and I would recommend it to someone who wants a light EG.

CK

I didn’t realize the change with the packets till I read your note… yeah, I’m not too observant. I went back to look and then realized that’s why it was horrible. I’d just chucked the whole packet into the filter cup. :( Thanks for the help!

Skulleigh

Oh no! I’m sorry you put it all in at once! You’re welcome, though. I really do wish they had stuck in a note about it, if I hadn’t been paying attention I could very well see myself doing the same thing. Not to mention that now I have to keep the packets straight between which ones came in this box, and the ones I have left over from previous boxes!

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CK

I didn’t realize the change with the packets till I read your note… yeah, I’m not too observant. I went back to look and then realized that’s why it was horrible. I’d just chucked the whole packet into the filter cup. :( Thanks for the help!

Skulleigh

Oh no! I’m sorry you put it all in at once! You’re welcome, though. I really do wish they had stuck in a note about it, if I hadn’t been paying attention I could very well see myself doing the same thing. Not to mention that now I have to keep the packets straight between which ones came in this box, and the ones I have left over from previous boxes!

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, my husband got me a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.

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