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backlog! from this afternoon. Darn that work getting in the way!
So I’ve had this tea for ages… my friend got me a whole bushel of the stuff and it’s taking forever to finish! Which normally I would not mind except that it seems to be losing potency- It’s been two years, maybe three by now.
and that’s why I don’t blame the tea for the sub-par cup I just had. This rating is for all the cups of Earl Grey rooibos past!
Bergamot is typically wayyyyy to flowery for me(the smell reminds me of lavender, and I hate lavender scent), but somehow this tea manages to make it less overpowering. The sourness I find in red teas balances it out quite nicely.
It goes really nicely with a dash of milk to, but this time I just added some sugar. Next time I’ll add more tea, maybe that will make it stronger.
This isn’t a very complex tea at all but it just reminds me of home, and comfort- perhaps because I’ve had it so long!! my security blanket…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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http://hrslinger.wordpress.com/

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