Thanks so much for this sample, Tiesta Tea! I’m always up for trying any Earl Grey Cream I can get my hands on! Those blue flowers in the blend were really making me nostalgic for my favorite Earls from the past. It seems like good ones are hard to find these days. This one is middle of the pack of my favorites – not the best I’ve had but not the worst! The short leaves make a robust base, which is necessary for any Earl I gravitate towards. The bergamot is fine – not strong enough for me and also not the preferred flavor type. I wish there was more cream. It seems any EG that is supposed to be cream is just so very faint with the cream now. I’m talking about every tea company. I wonder if companies had to switch to a more natural flavor these days… I don’t prefer it. I like the obvious thick cream notes of older blends. To be fair, I have had this tea for almost eight months now and the flavor of the bergamot did seem stronger before… but still no cream either way. Got to have that cream. It is odd however, when a tea has bergamot I cannot usually pick out any flavors from the actual base. I like this, but still on the hunt for a GREAT Earl Cream. Especially in these sad times.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
2020 Sipdowns: 30 (Bird &Blend – TEA Wells)