drank Earl Green by Empire Tea Services
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This is a gift from K S. Thank you!

The aroma of the dry leaf was a nice bergamot and….pepper! What? Then I steeped it and sniffed. Bergamot and….pepper? Hmmm, that is what i thought about Imperial Earl Grey from Harney, so it must be a characteristic of some bergamot.

This is a nice green, not super smooth and mellow like a DragonWell, but not biting like some greens. This has good body and lots of character. It carries weight. I can see why KS says he sometimes drinks only this for days at a time. There is a sort of spicy/peppery quality to it, like in a really good chai, but different…lighter. I am having a hard time describing it, as you can see! The bergamot is not too strong and not perfumey, just a nice citrus/floral/spice note.

Lots of greens I sip with food so the pairing makes them more palatable to me. A few I really look forward to, and drink them with abandon. I can tell you I am guzzling this mug of tea!

Thank you, KS and Mrs. KS for the tea and the card!

K S

Pepper? I have never noticed that note. I don’t know, could it have just picked it up during its one week journey in the little plastic bag? Hmmm. I will have to try and catch it next time I steep this one. When I bought this, the salesman told me most people thought it was too strongly flavored, and it was, for a few weeks after they blended it. I mixed it with their Ti Kwan Yin for a few weeks until I realized how good the Ti Kwan Yin was all by itself. In fact it is the only tea I have tried, so far, that I liked better than the Teavivre version.

Oh, and my wife is now on a card making frenzy trying to learn to make them as pretty as yours. Thanks a lot… I guess. ha! ;^)

ashmanra

LOL! I will have to send you more tea so I can send her more cards! :)

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K S

Pepper? I have never noticed that note. I don’t know, could it have just picked it up during its one week journey in the little plastic bag? Hmmm. I will have to try and catch it next time I steep this one. When I bought this, the salesman told me most people thought it was too strongly flavored, and it was, for a few weeks after they blended it. I mixed it with their Ti Kwan Yin for a few weeks until I realized how good the Ti Kwan Yin was all by itself. In fact it is the only tea I have tried, so far, that I liked better than the Teavivre version.

Oh, and my wife is now on a card making frenzy trying to learn to make them as pretty as yours. Thanks a lot… I guess. ha! ;^)

ashmanra

LOL! I will have to send you more tea so I can send her more cards! :)

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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