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Thanks to wheezybee for sending me this sample during our swap and my apologies for not drinking these sooner. This came in while I was out of town and sat forgotten while I had my 16 year old brother-in-law visiting, otherwise it never would have taken so long to enjoy these.

I love Earl Grey tea, but for me it has always been a drink I turn to on a cold rainy day. Today wasn’t cold, but it sure was rainy, and I decided to pull this sample out of my swap basket. I didn’t really care for this blend while hot. It was very bitter, had an overwhelming citrus flavor, and didn’t really taste like EG. I put it in the fridge to cool and the vanilla really started to shine and the citrus mellowed out. This was an interesting take on EG, but not one I would count among my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Have you tried it at 2.5 minutes? At less than boiling? Someone told me to do that with Adagio teas, and since then I’ve been a HUGE fan of the TARDIS blend, which I’m pretty sure has Earl Grey moonlight in it.

I guess if that was just a sample it might be too late to try that. :P

Short Sorceress

I’m completely out, but I did wonder if a shorter steep time would help. I do have a package of the TARDIS blend that I haven’t tried yet. I’m such a geek, I’m waiting on more Dr Who to watch before I drink it.

Cavocorax

Hahaha, that’s awesome. TARDIS was one of the first teas I tried and it was from a swap. I fell in love immediately and for some reason found myself thinking about it MONTHS after the fact. The only thing holding me back from ordering was the shipping to Canada is outrageous (like $30?), but I was lucky enough to find someone to mule it over and I am loving my 6 oz tin. I bought it half for the tin, and half for the tea. :D Gotta geek out!

Anyway, I hope you have more success! I can be pretty sensitive to bitterness and Adagio teas have always been smooth for me if I do it like that.

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Cavocorax

Have you tried it at 2.5 minutes? At less than boiling? Someone told me to do that with Adagio teas, and since then I’ve been a HUGE fan of the TARDIS blend, which I’m pretty sure has Earl Grey moonlight in it.

I guess if that was just a sample it might be too late to try that. :P

Short Sorceress

I’m completely out, but I did wonder if a shorter steep time would help. I do have a package of the TARDIS blend that I haven’t tried yet. I’m such a geek, I’m waiting on more Dr Who to watch before I drink it.

Cavocorax

Hahaha, that’s awesome. TARDIS was one of the first teas I tried and it was from a swap. I fell in love immediately and for some reason found myself thinking about it MONTHS after the fact. The only thing holding me back from ordering was the shipping to Canada is outrageous (like $30?), but I was lucky enough to find someone to mule it over and I am loving my 6 oz tin. I bought it half for the tin, and half for the tea. :D Gotta geek out!

Anyway, I hope you have more success! I can be pretty sensitive to bitterness and Adagio teas have always been smooth for me if I do it like that.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

Location

Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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