I love RoT’s Earl Greyer Vanilla more than most, so I jumped on the Estate blend hoping for another earl grey creme that would knock it out of the park. It smells pleasantly like a creamsicle in the tin, but brews up smelling mostly just like heavy vanilla cream with a floral hit. If you’re not a fan of big bergamot flavors, this is right up your alley.

The verdict? It’s…fine. Yeah, it’s fine. It didn’t knock my socks off, but it’s a smooth sip for what’s shaping up to be a sunny day after a snowy hellscape. It’s inoffensive, takes well to cream and sugar (this one is especially poised for cream addition), and will be enjoyed, but inevitably not replaced once it’s gone.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30-something dead-eyed designer.


90+: Holy grail teas, fight me on it
80-89: Very good, will probably keep on rotation
70-79: Good teas that I won’t go out of my way to restock
60-69: Ehhhh…the kind of tea I only reach for when all the better ones are gone
50-59: Tea purgatory, whereupon I toil simply to finish the box
-50: The reject pile


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