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This was one of the first Earl Grey teas I tried. This was when I first fell in love with the Earl. I still enjoy this brand, however, I found it could be a little tart/bitter and not so smooth. Does not taste too good if it steeps for too long.
My favorite tea but not my favorite brand.
Picked up some of this for cheap just because I have never tried it before. So far it’s been ‘win some – lose some’ with Hedley’s for me…but this one is alright! It smells very pleasant – I can smell both the kiwi and pear. I can also taste both of those flavors as well as the green tea. For bagged flavored green tea this is pretty good!
Contains Ceylon tea with flavoring. I have never seen this brand in the store. My son got it in a gift basket. There were ten bags in paper envelopes all wrapped in cellophane – so you know it was fresh ;-). Upon opening, the envelope had no distinct smell. The bag seemed on the smallish side but the tea dust did expand quite nicely when brewed. The brew itself is dark and typical in appearance of other Ceylon black teas. The aroma was lightly flowery and pretty. I added a packet of sweetener (sorry to the purists) and tasted. Immediately tasted peach, then the apricot. Even using my 10oz mug this actually seemed strong enough to my tastes. It was very sweet. I should have used less sweetener. I am sure this is an inexpensive tea but I must admit, I rather enjoyed it.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try!
I was leery of this tea immediately upon opening the package. I could NOT smell any bergamot! I cannot recall (at least, not in recent memory) of an Earl Grey tea where I’ve opened the package and I couldn’t smell any bergamot. Sometimes the aroma is softer than other times, but, I can’t remember ever encountering an Earl Grey where there was no bergamot fragrance in the dry leaf. Discouraging, to say the least.
The scent of the brewed aroma did very little to relieve my dismay. I still can’t smell bergamot. Maybe a faint… chemically… somewhat orange-like aroma… but certainly not the bold, citrus-y, floral-esque bergamot that I adore.
This tea makes me very sad. Very sad indeed. I feel like someone stabbed my beloved Earl Grey right in the heart. This tea is no Earl Grey. Not at all. It doesn’t deserve that title. I don’t think it even deserves to be called tea.
I am glad, however, that I got to try it. Why? I don’t know.