In an effort to start clearing cabinet space, I tried this tea again today. I had read to try this iced; while I’m not usually a fan of iced tea, it has been unusually warm for January here and I figured icing this blend couldn’t hurt.
My first cup of this way back when I got it (I had forgotten about Steepster – sorry! I blame grad school) was not so good. The Earl Grey Bravo overpowered everything. I’m picky about the Earl Greys I will drink and most are too strong on the bergamot, but being a Whovian I had to try this blend. So, onto today’s adventure.
Not remembering that it has Earl Grey Bravo in it, and knowing I was going to ice it to see if that made me like it any better, I did what I usually do when icing tea and used twice as much tea as I normally would for a cup of hot. If I make this in the future, I need to remember to only use half as much, and cut the steep time by a minute or so, down to only 3.
The astringency of the tea was way too strong after sweetening (unbleached sugar) and pouring over ice. But the vanilla flavor was finally observable!
When I returned from running errands, I added more ice to remaining brew. The Earl Grey flavor came out after this round of ice and is very strong – almost too strong for me.
This will probably be a tea that is only pulled out for certain guests that like a super strong Earl Grey flavor, or lugged to certain events with other Whovians for the novelty.