Visited my sister yesterday. I had given her several bags of this from my stash. When she reported the “double bergamot” was definitely double bergamot, I gave it another try.

I could definitely smell the bergamot this time when I opened the wrappers. Since I was using a big mug, I also used two bags. So far, so good.

The aroma was a little diminished after steeping. I tarted up the cup with a dash of brown sugar and some 2% milk, and sipped.

Well, yes. It is Earl Grey. It still doesn’t taste like what I would call “double bergamot,” but it’s a perfectly serviceable and pleasant Earl Grey for those times when I’m in the mood for Earl Grey.

I checked my cabinet and what I currently have is a Twinings decaf Earl Grey and a Taylor’s of Harrowgate caffeinated Earl Grey. I cannot tell what others I’ve tried (probably Bigelow at least) but I guess I’ve just never developed any brand loyalty.

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