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Today I get to control how this is brewed. Go me! I used a healthy spoon and boiling water for 2 ½ minutes. I thought 3, Ashmanra suggested 2, and so I compromised :) The liquor is nice and dark. It smells much lighter than the dry leaf suggests. One comment on the wet leaf – this is CTC and the wet leaf does plump up nicely but not quite as much as say Twinings.

The taste is interesting. The bergamot is a tad lighter than I prefer in an EG, but tasty. It comes in late in the sip. The first taste is a very smooth bit of malt, emphasis on smooth. There is a drying aftertaste yet this doesn’t seem astringent when sipping. As the cup cools the bergamot becomes more pronounced, which appeals to me. I let the last of the cup get cold and I liked it. This would make a good iced tea. Today, the second cup is not as good as the first but still drinkable.

This is a pleasant cup. I can’t think of anything to compare it to. It is as far removed from Twinings as it is Harney & Sons. Obviously, the American aspect of it appeals to me. It breaks the rules of tradition and it still works. I started to give this a 76 as in ‘spirit of’, but in reality it is a little more interesting than that. If I could buy this locally, I would keep a small tin around for the novelty alone. I was told it was $6 for 2.3 oz (50g).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Charleston Tea’s American Classic is another good’un. Basic and unpretentious.

ashmanra

LOL! I just mailed you a bunch of Charleston tea in your box, gmathis! I thought maybe it would be new to you since it is sort of “local”! Heehee! Well, maybe you won’t have had these flavors yet.

gmathis

Cool—actually, the Classic is the only one I’ve tried. (All this talk of SC makes me miss my Tea Shop Mysteries. I think there’s a new one out.)

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gmathis

Charleston Tea’s American Classic is another good’un. Basic and unpretentious.

ashmanra

LOL! I just mailed you a bunch of Charleston tea in your box, gmathis! I thought maybe it would be new to you since it is sort of “local”! Heehee! Well, maybe you won’t have had these flavors yet.

gmathis

Cool—actually, the Classic is the only one I’ve tried. (All this talk of SC makes me miss my Tea Shop Mysteries. I think there’s a new one out.)

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