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CEG is a great afternoon tea. I tend to like strong teas and therefore steep mine longer than recommended. I also tend to let my teas cool off before drinking them. For undetermined reasons a lot of teas taste like hot water to me if I drinking them piping hot.

This tea is unique in my collection in that I prefer to drink it hotter than the most. The hints of vanilla tend of disappear after the tea has cooled leaving a much stronger bergamot aftertaste on the tongue. (I for one don’t dislike it’s flavour, but it seems to be an unpopular one.) In a lot of ways this is a darker, cozier version of the Countess of Seville. Although, if I’m not mistaken that’s the bergamot talking.

CEG is a recent acquisition and I have a feeling it will make a fabulous winter mid-day pick me up. It one of the few things that has me looking forward to my first encounter with a truly frigid winter. It has the warm familiar feeling of curling up with a book on my favorite chair watching the snow fall.

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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