This one pack a punch. Reminds me of coffee. It is really strong and over steeping will cause bitterness to show up. Started at 5 mins and worked my way down to 3 mins in an 8 oz cup. I think I like it at 3 min best. I added one cube of sugar but I found that if I don’t stir the tea the sugar sits at the bottom. =/ Then I get a punch of sugar tea at the bottom of the cup.
I was talking to a friend about this tea and said the next time I’m adding some milk in this.
Picked up this tea from WTE June 2010. It is listed in Jane’s Old Tea Companion book but not the New Tea Companion Book.

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Like most everyone I started out drinking Lipton tea. On a trip back to my home state of Oregon, I discovered Stash Tea Company. I liked them because they were from my home state and the flavors that I found. =) On a trip to Paris, France, I stopped by Mariage Freres. I had my “Ahhh” moment. The gentleman asked what I liked – at the time Earl Grey. My eyes went wide when he picked up this barrel of tea & shook it, opened the lid and said smell. I was in love. My first taste of loose leaf tea was Imperial Earl Grey. I took a break from tea but continued to drink Stash Tea.
Another door to explore opened with the discovery of Jane Pettigrew’s The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide. I started marking off the teas I tasted in her book. I have purchased other tea books as well but Jane’s book has been the one I have always returned to for teas. I had the pleasure of picking up Jane’s new updated version of the book at the World Tea Expo. I look forward to tasting more teas. =)


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