Thanks to Lisbet for this one!

I’m actually liking this more than I expected, after being unimpressed with Adagio’s Decaf Vanilla. It’s mild for an Earl Grey (though that makes sense, with two parts creamy things to one part EG), but the blend comes together well. If you’ve seen my review of Adagio’s Cream, you’ll know I actually think it tastes more like maple than dairy, but that works ok here. I’d agree with Lisbet that this certainly doesn’t taste natural, and the decaffeination kinda destroys the best of the “tea” flavor, but… neither of those things surprised me, so I like it well enough for what it is ;) With 1/3 the caffeine of a normal cup (the Cream part isn’t Decaf), this is something I can have in the evening – a sweet and creamy bedtime Earl Grey.

Rating relative to other decaf and herbal teas only

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.


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