In the interest of full disclosure, I’m an Earl Grey addict. I LOVE Earl Grey. Over the years I have tried dozens of brands both bagged and loose. When I was at WholeFoods the other day I saw the Rishi Loose Leaf Earl Grey and had to give it a try. Opening the bag the nose on this blend was outstanding. I wanted to eat the tea leaves it smelled so good! I quickly grabbed the infuser and filled it with a nice teaspoon full of the beautifully LARGE loose leaf tea and slowly poured in the piping hot water. I sat there watching the infusion anxiously awaiting the first sip. I raised the cup to my lips and took a light sip not knowing what to expect and BAM it hit me, a wonderfully smooth, slightly tangy and extremely well balanced mix of the BEST Earl Grey I’ve ever had. This is hands down the Earl Grey by which all others should be measured. I finished the 3.3oz bag I got from WholeFoods in about a week and promptly ordered a pound when I realized I had but two servings left. This is a tea that will forever have a permanent spot in my cupboard. This is it my friends, don’t waste your time with other brands, you will be met with constant disappointment. Save yourself the time and money and just buy this already!! I was able to save a couple bucks by purchasing on Amazon and saved a bit more by using my free 2-day shipping through Amazon Prime. The bag ordered through Amazon was fresh and well packaged.