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This morning was a busy one…I was under a lot of stress and had to run around for several hours.

When I got home, the only thing in my mind was…TEA!

If you’re like me, you try to match the right tea for the right moment. Sometimes it takes me forever to decide. Not today. I wanted comfort, and I knew exactly that good old Earl would take care of me.

I say “Good old Earl” but thats not accurate. This Earl is the next generation.

Yes people, TNG Earl!

What makes it so special? Well, first let’s talk about the base tea found in earl grey teas in general. There isn’t much to talk about, right? What I’ve noticed is no one seems to really care…cause…bergamot. What I mean is, if you’re like me, when you need a bergamot fix, you’re not looking for some fancy black tea…you only care for the bergamot cause you know it pretty much overwhelms any kind of base anyways. So why bother right? That’s the impression I get from what’s available on the market. We get some generic black tea and what makes or breaks it is the quality of the bergamot. What I want is an earl grey that will provide a good balance of the bergamot flavor. I don’t want that overly parfumy and soapy taste they sometimes have. Luckily, I found a few brands that made me very happy over the years and just stuck to them.

When I saw Earl Gold, I said…really Brenden? You’re gonna “waste” some snaily yums on bergamot?

And then I tasted it…and said…damn it Brenden, must you succeed at everything?

Apparently, the answer to that is yes!! He truly is a master blender.

I already love Golden Snail a great deal on its own. But I was so sure everything I love about it would vanish under the oppressive bergamot. Turns out they both complement each other perfectly!

Malt, caramel, chocolate and bread? Please meet citrus and candied orange peel.

A very bright, sweet and warming cup of tea with a big kick.

It is suggested to drink it gonfu so I did try. Surprisingly, the bergamot oil doesn’t rinse off on first steep, it actually stays present through the whole session.

But I must admit, my personal brewing preference for earl grey tea will remain mug style. I just want a huge big fat mug of it and hold it and slurp it slowly while I read a good book. That’s what this tea is to me…a hugger :-)

I’m so happy I’ve got four ounces in the cupboard. It will definitely be one of my favorite comfort teas of the winter!

P.S. When you get this tea at home (cause I know you will, you MUST) please don’t skip the “inhaling protocol”. Beleive me, your nostrils will thank you.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Chocolate, Citrus, Malt, Orange

Haveteawilltravel

I have some waiting in the cupboard. I can’t wait to set some time aside and enjoy it. It smells amazing!

TheTeaFairy

Just do eeeeeet!!!! ;-)

Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

Haveteawilltravel

Earl Grey is one of the few favorite flavored teas of mine. I’m pretty excited to try it.

MissLena

This sounds amazing. My goodness, I want some EG now!! This one:D

Skulleigh

This sounds like one I might have to break my “No more damn Earl Grey” rule for :D

TeaExplorer

I have that same NMDEG policy Skulleigh, but this one does sound like it’s worth trying.

TheTeaFairy

@missLena, I promise, it’s amazingly good!!

@Skulleigh and @TeaExplorer, lol I have that rule too!!! But this one was worth breaking all the rules for :-)

pixel

Your review is forcing me to try Earl Gold again. Most I’ve tried are bergamot overkill, like you mentioned in your review. I love bergamot, but I love black tea more, so can’t wait to try this.

pixel

Meant to say Earl Grey . . .

TeaExplorer

As I put an ounce in my cart I heard “Make it so!” in my head in that well-know voice :)

TheTeaFairy

@pixel : I feel it’s probably the most balanced earl I’ve had and the only one that truly lets the black tea shine :-)

@TeaExplorer: Haha, what are you talking about, that was MY voice ;-)

pixel

Thanks Tea Fairy. I will definitely include this on my next WP order!

TeaExplorer

@TheTeaFairy: Huh. That’s not how I pictured you :-þ

TheTeaFairy

@TeaExplorer: Hahaha! Laughing hard here!! I don’t have the voice of Captain Picard, that’s true, but I AM the voice of tea enabling :D
MAKE IT SO!!

TeaExplorer

@TheTeaFairy: You are not only the voice, you’re the poster child :D
And I appreciate that greatly!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, had to Google the meaning of “poster child” (I’m French and some English expressions must looked up at times!) So after finding out what it means, I fully endorse the title, thank you! :D

TeaExplorer

Thank goodness for Google! Your English is so good that I forget it’s not your native language :)

MzPriss

Squeeeeeeees! How much do we LOVE the Earl of Gold?!!!? This review makes my smiley face ENGAGE! Love it!

TheTeaFairy

@mzPriss, We LOVE it!! lol ENGAGE is right, here’s that voice again @TeaExplorer!

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Haveteawilltravel

I have some waiting in the cupboard. I can’t wait to set some time aside and enjoy it. It smells amazing!

TheTeaFairy

Just do eeeeeet!!!! ;-)

Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

Haveteawilltravel

Earl Grey is one of the few favorite flavored teas of mine. I’m pretty excited to try it.

MissLena

This sounds amazing. My goodness, I want some EG now!! This one:D

Skulleigh

This sounds like one I might have to break my “No more damn Earl Grey” rule for :D

TeaExplorer

I have that same NMDEG policy Skulleigh, but this one does sound like it’s worth trying.

TheTeaFairy

@missLena, I promise, it’s amazingly good!!

@Skulleigh and @TeaExplorer, lol I have that rule too!!! But this one was worth breaking all the rules for :-)

pixel

Your review is forcing me to try Earl Gold again. Most I’ve tried are bergamot overkill, like you mentioned in your review. I love bergamot, but I love black tea more, so can’t wait to try this.

pixel

Meant to say Earl Grey . . .

TeaExplorer

As I put an ounce in my cart I heard “Make it so!” in my head in that well-know voice :)

TheTeaFairy

@pixel : I feel it’s probably the most balanced earl I’ve had and the only one that truly lets the black tea shine :-)

@TeaExplorer: Haha, what are you talking about, that was MY voice ;-)

pixel

Thanks Tea Fairy. I will definitely include this on my next WP order!

TeaExplorer

@TheTeaFairy: Huh. That’s not how I pictured you :-þ

TheTeaFairy

@TeaExplorer: Hahaha! Laughing hard here!! I don’t have the voice of Captain Picard, that’s true, but I AM the voice of tea enabling :D
MAKE IT SO!!

TeaExplorer

@TheTeaFairy: You are not only the voice, you’re the poster child :D
And I appreciate that greatly!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, had to Google the meaning of “poster child” (I’m French and some English expressions must looked up at times!) So after finding out what it means, I fully endorse the title, thank you! :D

TeaExplorer

Thank goodness for Google! Your English is so good that I forget it’s not your native language :)

MzPriss

Squeeeeeeees! How much do we LOVE the Earl of Gold?!!!? This review makes my smiley face ENGAGE! Love it!

TheTeaFairy

@mzPriss, We LOVE it!! lol ENGAGE is right, here’s that voice again @TeaExplorer!

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Time to update this profile of mine…it’s 2015!!

I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect :-/

My relationship with tea in a nutshell:

I’m married to straight Black. I have torrid love affairs with Oolong and Puerh. I party with Green and White occasionally. Flavored are not my BFF, I usually stay away from them.

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others.

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who they are and expect the same in return.

Books! I love classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

Music is also something I can’t live without… From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Animal and nature lover, amateur photographer.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

Not a big «swapper», but will occasionally. Not because I don’t want to share but because I’m trying not to hoard so much.

Also, I have narrowed down the teas I really like over the years, and I don’t feel the need to try and buy everything the way I used to. (Maybe I have become a tea snob? Sigh…)

My ratings: because I pretty much drink only teas that I judge exceptional, my ratings are usually high. Don’t be shocked to see lots of 90’s and a few 100’s. That’s because I’ve had my share of crapy teas and I’m done with that ;-)

You can find me on Instagram here, I post about my tea sessions mostly, but also about the beautiful nature that surrounds me, and my fury companions :-)

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