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  • “This is one of the worst Earl Grey's I have ever drink. I was just getting into loose tea and noticed that it had 4.5+ stars on Amazon with over 20 reviews. Either I was duped or received a bad...” Read full tasting note
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This popular flavored tea blend has its roots in 1830s Great Britain. As the legend goes, the British Prime Minister Earl Grey II had rescued the young son of a Chinese Mandarin from drowning (or the son of an Indian Rajah from a tiger, depending on who’s telling the story). The grateful father brought him a gift of blended Indian and Ceylon teas flavored with oil of bergamot, extracted from the rind of bergamot oranges.

The bergamot orange is not orange! Its skin is green in color and it is rather shaped like a pear. Bergamot oranges are almost exclusively grown in Italy. Probably more than you needed to know about the essential flavoring that makes Earl Grey tea so special, but there it is!

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This is one of the worst Earl Grey’s I have ever drink. I was just getting into loose tea and noticed that it had 4.5+ stars on Amazon with over 20 reviews. Either I was duped or received a bad batch of tea. Not sure but the unsteeped tea smells great, but the bergamont is disgusting. It has the smell and taste of chemcal cleaners and the tea itself is a dark brown and not an amber or red like most black teas. There are also a lot of fines in this bag that will settle out into your teapot, unlike some higher end teas. I guess at $16 for 2 lbs of tea, you get what you pay for. I just didn’t think it would be this bad.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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