Earl Grey was always my favorite...Originally a gift, I now search for this amazingly delicious black tea. I've served it to friends and 100% have loved it. If you like strong tea, don't miss this one! Oh, it smells as good as it tastes!
I usually drink Assam and Keenum based black teas. But but being of Russian ancestry I thought i would try this one. It is a Ceylon based tea with an aroma reminiscent of Oil of Bergamot, but I can't be sure. The tea is not as bold as Assam or Keenum and regardless of how long I steep it, it never gets bitter. I drink it out of a Podstakannik and cut crystal tea glasses (available on Amazon) which fits beautifully in my Salton cup warmer (also available on Amazon and which I strongly recommend). I have let it sit for several hours and it never gets bitter.
When I brew tea, I use a basket infuser placed directly in the tea glass and dispense water from a counter top hot water dispenser (available from Zephyrhills) directly over the infuser. Normally, I don't let it steep more than 30 seconds. I've also left the infuser in the tea cup for an hour or so (I forget it's there) and never detected any bitterness. I learned I can get 5 or 6 infusions from one heaping teaspoonful...
This is a great morning tea. Strong black tea with caffine. Unique flavor without any added flavors. Great straight or with cream/sugar.
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