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I purchased this tea for myself earlier this year because I wanted the tin to house my regular Earl Grey. To be clear, this is not the one depicted in the picture (although the tea inside is the same), but the one that came in the licensed tin. (See here: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f07b/)
Having drunk some this morning, this is not my favorite Earl Grey. I enjoy Earl Grey in general, so it’s certainly not a loss, but this tastes very weak to me. After steeping it for three and a half minutes, there was a bit of bergamot and only a very weak tea flavor. I will attempt to steep it longer next time in the hopes it will bring out more flavor, but ultimately I am unimpressed. Luckily, it’s the tin that I was really excited for!
This was a Christmas gift last year from my youngest daughter. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this one before, but I am not a big chai drinker. That being said, this is the sort of chai I prefer – no pepper, no turmeric, but just ginger, cinnamon, and clove as nearly as I can tell.
The tea base seems a bit weak to me. There isn’t much black tea flavor here. I am drinking it plain, but I think that people who add milk and sugar to their chai would enjoy this more than I do. It isn’t terrible, it just isn’t the best chai I have ever had.
The tins are so cool that as each one is emptied, I will probably refill it with a better version of what was inside. So Earl Grey Hot will get Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme, this tin will get Rabbit Hole Chai, Zombie Blood Orange will probably get Orange Grove Vanilla, and Timmy’s 1Up Jasmine will get a Teavivire loose jasmine.
For the past three weeks, hubby has had to work later than usual on Fridays, so we have treated ourselves to the Chinese buffet when he finally gets to come home. The sad news is that when I asked what kind of tea they had, they said black.
IT’S A CHINESE RESTAURANT FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!!
Oh well, my remedy is to have water with the meal and tea when I get home. Tonight I called youngest and asked her to prepare a pot of this and a chocolate bar for me so it would be ready when we got home.
It was the Teavivre Monkey Picked that I drank this week that had me craving this kind of oolong. This one is very good, I mean, if I hadn’t had Teavivre’s I would probably say it was excellent. I am really enjoying it, but it just doesn’t have as much flavor as theirs. So still thumbs up, but this isn’t the very best one I have tried.
It is fun to know that this particular one really truly was picked by monkeys!
I really like this EG. I haven’t found a lot of EGs that I like, but this one is balanced really nicely and the bergamot isn’t overwhelming. I’m sad that I can’t buy this by the ounce, but I just placed a massive sample order with Adagio (I had a lot of frequent cup points and ordered about 15 different samples for about $8, including shipping!). I’m hoping their Earl Grey Bravo is similar.
I still have have about half an ounce left of this, so no need to cry just yet!
Steeped 3tsp/16oz, poured over ice with a teaspoon of rock sugar and a splash of milk.