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Again, the steep time is soft. I’m not sure, exactly, that it’s correct.

Ready for the least-inspired tasting note I may ever write?

Here it is:

‘Mreh.’

It’s drinkable. The tea base tastes brighter than the last two Earl Greys I sipped on today. Ceylon, perhaps? The result is a pretty one-dimensional cup with a brighter, definitely more citrus-y flavor than the other two had — there was an actual chunk of dried citrus in the leaves, so that explains that.

I do appreciate that the tea taste in this has a stronger presence than in the Tea Guys cream blend, but the rest of what’s going on is pretty underwhelming, so while it moves in the right direction, it’s still very heavy on the bergamot with the vanilla taking a far backseat, with the result that it tastes to me a little bit like some sort of…cleaner.

A nice cleaner, mind you. Some kind of cleaner I wouldn’t mind using in my kitchen because it would smell good. But even so…

I should probably admit that at this point today I’m sick to death of Earl Grey. Take this with a grain of salt. ;) As a matter of fact, if anybody has been curious about trying this (I understand it’s relatively new as an offering), let me know. I have a tiny sampler tin, but I’m willing to just send it elsewhere; I have more of the Tea Guys blend than I’m likely to be able to drink while it’s fresh, anyway, and I can’t see myself wanting a whole bunch of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bethany

I’m glad someone’s finally reviewed this! I’d been curious since I already have an earl grey and cream blend that I love (SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey de la Creme), and I had a terrible experience with Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo. This just confirms my suspicions.

sophistre

It’s a bit much. I didn’t finish my cup. I’ll grant you that I was tired to an extreme of Earl Grey by the time I tried to tackle this one, but even so I think it’s forceful enough that I can excuse running to my Zojirushi to brew some good, basic, reliable, umami-tastic golden spring with a dash of milk. I’ll take what I’m sipping on right now over this Earl Grey any day.

I’ll have to give that SpecialTeas Earl Grey a try! It’s going on my shopping list now. :)

Bethany

Yay! It’s really great. One of my morning staples. A perfect blend of creamy vanilla and bergamot. And it’s super cheap.

LENA

MREH” = LOL :)

Ricky

That’s a lot of EG for one day. I think the most I ever tackled was two cups and they were both lattes :)

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Bethany

I’m glad someone’s finally reviewed this! I’d been curious since I already have an earl grey and cream blend that I love (SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey de la Creme), and I had a terrible experience with Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo. This just confirms my suspicions.

sophistre

It’s a bit much. I didn’t finish my cup. I’ll grant you that I was tired to an extreme of Earl Grey by the time I tried to tackle this one, but even so I think it’s forceful enough that I can excuse running to my Zojirushi to brew some good, basic, reliable, umami-tastic golden spring with a dash of milk. I’ll take what I’m sipping on right now over this Earl Grey any day.

I’ll have to give that SpecialTeas Earl Grey a try! It’s going on my shopping list now. :)

Bethany

Yay! It’s really great. One of my morning staples. A perfect blend of creamy vanilla and bergamot. And it’s super cheap.

LENA

MREH” = LOL :)

Ricky

That’s a lot of EG for one day. I think the most I ever tackled was two cups and they were both lattes :)

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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