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So, I went out on a limb and bought a pound of this tea.
We shall see if I made a mistake or not.
Since it is blended with Earl Grey and has Lapsang Souchong, I was hoping that this was a tea that my husband and I could enjoy many pots of together (EG for me and LS for him)
Smelling the tea in dry leaf form, I can smell the bergamot and a hint of smokiness.
The tea brews up to almost a Maroon color.
Smelling the tea in the cup, and it smells faintly of bergamot and just a nice quality black tea. Not really smelling much LS smokiness at the moment.
Taste is a nice black tea, a hint of bergamot in the background, not much smokiness, but there is something else…there is a honey-like sweetness making itself present.
Very nice breakfast tea, I think I will enjoy it, but I don’t think there is enough smokiness present for the Hubby.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jim Marks

Interesting… You’d think with a long steep…

Hesper June

Yes, I think I will try that next time.

Jim Marks

5 minutes is already pretty long. The Bergamot is likely to get bitter with anything longer.

Hesper June

Hmmm, well, I am wanting a bit more of a bergamot or smoke…or something.
Maybe just add a smidgen more leaves to get a stronger flavor than.

Jim Marks

Yeah, I would try more leaf before trying more time, in this case.

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Jim Marks

Interesting… You’d think with a long steep…

Hesper June

Yes, I think I will try that next time.

Jim Marks

5 minutes is already pretty long. The Bergamot is likely to get bitter with anything longer.

Hesper June

Hmmm, well, I am wanting a bit more of a bergamot or smoke…or something.
Maybe just add a smidgen more leaves to get a stronger flavor than.

Jim Marks

Yeah, I would try more leaf before trying more time, in this case.

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

Location

Idaho

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