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I tend to like my black teas on the light side; Earl Greys included. This American-spun, bergamot-scented pekoe was not only light but “first flush” light. Makes sense since it is a pekoe after all. Taste-wise, it had more in common with a Ceylon in its floral and clean characteristics. The bergamot provided a slight sour tap but nothing overly discernible. Someone used to stronger Earl variants would have a hard time finding it at all. That said, I liked it. It makes me want to kiss a Governor in gratitude.

Er…after election season, of course.

PS – Thanks to Jaime for the blend.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jaime

This is one of my favorite Earl blends.

Geoffrey Norman

It’s up there for me too, if only for the subtleties.

Bigelow Tea

Geoffrey,

So glad to hear you enjoyed the Governor Gray from Bigelow Tea owned Charleston Tea Plantation. Happy Tea Drinking!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

Geoffrey Norman

Enjoyed it immensely. Makes me – now more than ever – want to visit the plantation.

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Jaime

This is one of my favorite Earl blends.

Geoffrey Norman

It’s up there for me too, if only for the subtleties.

Bigelow Tea

Geoffrey,

So glad to hear you enjoyed the Governor Gray from Bigelow Tea owned Charleston Tea Plantation. Happy Tea Drinking!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

Geoffrey Norman

Enjoyed it immensely. Makes me – now more than ever – want to visit the plantation.

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