drank Earl Grey by The Virginia Tea Company
1845 tasting notes

A gift from Nichole/CuppaGeek a long, long time ago.

Side note – I’m sad to see that Nichole and so many others who were here when I started my tea journey haven’t stopped by in a while – Evol Ving Ness, Super Starling!, Anlina, KittyLovesTea, and so many others. Where are you?? I went on my own unplanned Steepster sabbatical not too long ago so I get it, but I do miss them.

Anyway, on to the tea. This came to me in a tea bag with a cute little sticker on top that read Hello, my name is Earl Grey. I don’t think this tea is sold in tea bags, rather tea bags can be purchased along with the tea, so Nichole or someone else must have packaged it up.

To be honest, this doesn’t taste at all like an Earl Grey. I don’t taste or smell any bergamot. I’m certain this is due to its age, though there aren’t any other reviews on Steepster so I’m not sure how it might have been when fresh. That’s not to say it’s a bad tea; it’s not. It has quite a bit of flavor and good flavor at that. Just no bergamot. I had planned to try a resteep, but the caffeine is starting to make me buzzy. It doesn’t taste like it’s supposed to anyway, so I’ll just leave it here. Maybe one day someone will come along and give this one a proper review.

Flavors: Drying

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.


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