Day 7 of the PostTea advent calendar. This one isn’t super exciting, but I actually have a soft spot for a decent Earl Grey. There’s something about the scent of bergamot that I find intensely calming, even if I’m not over keen on the flavour. I’ve been so stressed and anxious recently that anything calming is welcome, although particularly if it comes in tea form (obviously!)

This is fine as EG goes. The base is perhaps a little brisk, more noticeable as it cools, but that’s not a huge problem. The bergamot is medium-strength, quite sharp and prominent, and orangey in a floral sort of way. All normal for bergamot, basically. I didn’t add any milk to today’s cup, largely because I don’t habitually keep milk at work, but I have a feeling that might help to smooth out and tone down, so I might try it with my second cup.

Three teas in, it’s become apparant that each envelope only holds enough tea for two cups. I’m sure I read on PostTea’s website that it was supposed to be four to five, so I’m feeling a little short-changed. Still, it’s a novelty.

I’d not buy more of this one, simply because it works out pretty expensive for what it is, and there are other EG blends I prefer. Always happy to drink a cup, though, and there’s nothing objectionable about this one. It’s a decent EG, but that’s as far as it goes.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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