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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
156 tasting notes

One of my teeth broke in half yesterday, probably caused by many years of chewing pens while working. I always rationalized that it was a safer habit than smoking cigarettes. Apparently the pen chewing addiction has its own repercussions (besides accidentally swallowed pen caps and the occasional mouthful of exploded ink).

Anyhow, I am anxiously, without access to pain pills, awaiting my high noon dentist appointment today to get my broken tooth fixed. However, my dedication to tea tasting (when I have new teas to taste) is greater than the pain in my mouth at the moment. So, I took one for the Steepster Team and prepared this Harney & Sons tea for testing.

When I opened the tin, a strong bergamot scent became instantly recognized. The tea inside was short and brown, like particles from a damp pile of raked Fall leaves.

I brewed the tea for five minutes at 212 degrees as recommended. I was struck by the absence of bergamot aroma in the brewed beverage. The color was a dark golden brown.

When I took my first sip, the next thing that was obvious (besides the stabbing pain in my damaged tooth), was the extreme understatement of bergamot flavor in this selection. The flavor is nice, smooth, and like that of an English Breakfast tea. However, the Earl Grey component is well hidden. In fact, I detected more bergamot in the aftertaste than in each cautiously directed sip (to the opposite side of my mouth from the screaming tooth).

All in all, this is a smooth and tasty tea with no bitterness. If you can take or leave Earl Grey, or you like the fruity flavor of bergamot in small doses, this tea may be quite satisfying. But, if you like bergamot to be the overpowering ingredient in this variety, you may feel short-changed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Wow, you had NERVE drinking anything hot or cold with a broken tooth! Yikes!

ashmanra

I think their Earl Grey Supreme is far superior to this one, this one I could take it or leave it, and I left it.

ashmanra

Have you tried their Diamond Jubilee, Royal Weddjng, and Wedding Tea? If not, I think I may know some good things to send you! PM your address!

Stoo

NERVE is the operative…and painful…word there, Bonnie! I regret that I have but one tooth to give to Steepster!

Stoo

Thanks, ashmanra! I saw the Earl Grey Supreme on-line and wondered if it was their premium blend. Maybe this basic version was made for people who don’t want bergamot overload. I personally like it strong. Stash makes a very strong double bergamot Earl Grey. My favorite so far is by Rishi. I will send you my address. Thanks again!

Kittenna

Ahhhhhhhhhh, my teeth hurt in sympathy! I hope it gets fixed quickly!

Stoo

Thanks, Kittena! The dentist put a temporary crown on it today and I’m already much better. Tomorrow I should be able to drink tea with my usual vim and vigor. :-)

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Bonnie

Wow, you had NERVE drinking anything hot or cold with a broken tooth! Yikes!

ashmanra

I think their Earl Grey Supreme is far superior to this one, this one I could take it or leave it, and I left it.

ashmanra

Have you tried their Diamond Jubilee, Royal Weddjng, and Wedding Tea? If not, I think I may know some good things to send you! PM your address!

Stoo

NERVE is the operative…and painful…word there, Bonnie! I regret that I have but one tooth to give to Steepster!

Stoo

Thanks, ashmanra! I saw the Earl Grey Supreme on-line and wondered if it was their premium blend. Maybe this basic version was made for people who don’t want bergamot overload. I personally like it strong. Stash makes a very strong double bergamot Earl Grey. My favorite so far is by Rishi. I will send you my address. Thanks again!

Kittenna

Ahhhhhhhhhh, my teeth hurt in sympathy! I hope it gets fixed quickly!

Stoo

Thanks, Kittena! The dentist put a temporary crown on it today and I’m already much better. Tomorrow I should be able to drink tea with my usual vim and vigor. :-)

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