Dry this tea has a very off-putting, strong, astringent, almost orange smell to it. Once brewed it does start to smell like a regular Earl Grey tea, and not near anywhere as harsh as it smells dry, it actually smells quite pleasant.
I brewed this cup for about 5 minutes at 96 degrees in a clear mug to have it produce a wonderful rum-like color to which I added a spoonful of brown sugar and a splash of milk to get a beautifully creamy-brown cup of perfection.
This tea is actually quite nice, it’s even become my favourite Earl Grey to date. It’s a soft, light cup of tea with just a touch of citrus to it. Wonderfully soothing.