After sipping two cups of this tea, writing a review on my blog, and then reading Short Soceress’ review on Steepster it is apparent that how you feel about this tea depends. SS describes this as a strong Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla. To me this is a strong cup of vanilla tea with obvious bergamot once you slow down to notice it.

I prepared my first cup with 200F water and a 3 minute steep. It was slightly drying (read moderately+ Dinosara, we all know I like drying tea the same as some people like in burgundy wine) but there was no bitterness or bite. The bergamot is not perfumey or overly citrus. The Nilgiri base is smooth and though I never felt I could single it out I feel it is responsible for making the cup deep and rich.

My second cup was steeped 10 minutes (because I forgot to pour it) with full boiling water. I actually liked the second cup better. Very smooth.

A few comments-
The leaf I feel certain is orthodox produced. The pieces expand far beyond any CTC I have seen.

The packaging I have not encountered before. I thought at first the pouch had a hole in it. It appears there is a vent attached to the back of the pouch to aid removing air after sealing. Pretty cool idea.

I feel the pricing is very fair based on the quality.

mrmopar

MIA again? LOL!

K S

Nope. Green Tea Frapp. Just didn’t post it. :)

mrmopar

Just checking!:) Think I am going to try me one of those things this weekend.

Short Sorceress

I found that with this tea the flavors changed greatly depending on the temperature of water I was using. Just a few degrees lower in temperature and it was like drinking a completely different tea.

K S

I do agree. I try to taste the cup while hot with every new tea but almost always find it to be more flavorful once it begins to cool. I am sure there is a scientific reason that is true but I have never read so.

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mrmopar

MIA again? LOL!

K S

Nope. Green Tea Frapp. Just didn’t post it. :)

mrmopar

Just checking!:) Think I am going to try me one of those things this weekend.

Short Sorceress

I found that with this tea the flavors changed greatly depending on the temperature of water I was using. Just a few degrees lower in temperature and it was like drinking a completely different tea.

K S

I do agree. I try to taste the cup while hot with every new tea but almost always find it to be more flavorful once it begins to cool. I am sure there is a scientific reason that is true but I have never read so.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

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