I’m not sure what it is, but I really didn’t like this tea. I thought I would love it. I’m a huge earl grey fan, and I absolutely love london fogs. Since london fogs are made up of earl grey, vanilla, and milk, I thought the combination of flavours in this tea would be perfect for me. I think it’s something about the adagio vanilla black tea that I don’t like. In the tin, the blend smells sickeningly sweet to me. It has almost a caramel or candy scent, rather than a fragrant floral vanilla. I always add milk and sugar to my earl grey, but in this it isn’t pleasant in the slightest.
I did like the flavour of the adagio earl grey though, so I might add a sample tin of that to my next order. The addition of the vanilla just wasn’t for me. I’ll be passing this one along to someone who’ll hopefully enjoy it more than I do.