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I really like this tea and have been drinking it for several days now. I was a bit afraid of trying this because it is a Russian Earl Grey and I’ve not come across any smoky teas – so I’m not sure I’d like it. Fortunately, the smoky aspect is very light and complements the bergamot flavoring nicely. The smoke isn’t center stage, but rather just gives a slight warmth/tingling at the back of your throat. I also like that they added grapefruit to this blend which provides a kick of extra citrus but without the “drinking perfume” issue that can happen with Earl Grey. This one is getting high marks for sure and going on my shopping list. I love Earl Grey and this is perhaps the “perfect Earl” that I have been dreaming of.

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__Morgana__

Sounds like one I’ll have to try!

mpierce87

You should! I thought that I had lost my love of Earl Grey but this has completely renewed my obsession.

Rabs

Hooray for a possible “perfect Earl!” I have to double-check the Upton sample order I have at home to see if this one’s in there (I really hope that it is) :D Sounds divine!

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__Morgana__

Sounds like one I’ll have to try!

mpierce87

You should! I thought that I had lost my love of Earl Grey but this has completely renewed my obsession.

Rabs

Hooray for a possible “perfect Earl!” I have to double-check the Upton sample order I have at home to see if this one’s in there (I really hope that it is) :D Sounds divine!

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

Location

Texas

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