Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat twisted. lots of colorful petals
Ingredients: black tea, cornflowers, natural vanilla and bergamot flavoring
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown
I'm not a very big fan of Earl Grey so I was a little disappointed when I pulled this out of my David's Tea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. When I first opened the tin, I was greeted with cheery cornflower petals and a strong citrus and vanilla aroma. It smelled very good so I started to get my hopes up a bit. The base black tea was earthy and brisk. I was happy to find that the bergamot was not overly strong or oily feeling. The vanilla lent a bit of creaminess but it came across as artificial tasting. It seems like they used an extract but I think that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if actual vanilla beans had been used. This blend could easily stand up to milk and sugar if you were so inclined. If you love Earl Grey you might just really enjoy this tea but it just didn't do it for me. Of course, that doesn't stop me from imagining Captain Picard ordering "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" as I drank it :)
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