The husband was cooking brunch this morning and I told him don’t get the food done before I get my tea made because I really want to try my new A&D Earl Grey this morning. He kind of looked at me. I asked him if he’d like me to make a pot instead so he could have some. He said yes. Apparently, earl grey is the one tea he used to get at B&N on the rare occasions that he’d get tea instead of coffee and he was fond of it. So I steeped us a pot.

The Dry Leaves — Are black with some brown hints and small to mid-sized. Smell strongly of citrus, sharp, and a bit soapy in a good way.

The Wet Leaves — Look like wet black tea leaves. Smell the same as the dry but fainter.

The Tea — Tasted strongly of bergamot and little of black tea with a ting at the end of each sip. The husband noticed the ting too. He said it was like a mint ting but not mint. I thought it might be the black tea peaking through. EG could have used a little more black tea showing. But it was still good as is. The husband really liked it.

I’m not sure it would ever be my favorite EG or one I’d order over other EGs but I’ll enjoy drinking the rest of it. This is my least favorite of the A&D teas, which is not saying that it is not a great tea, just that A&D teas are that AWESOME!

2nd steep: 7 min, 205° F.
At first, I thought it was weak and I’d be needing to add a pinch of fresh leaves in the future. But as I drank, I realized that it was mostly bergamot and strong enough to drink without more leaf. The husband drank a second cup without being offered it. I think we’re found a tea that he clearly likes more than “it’s good”.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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