So, after yesterday's disaster, I'm back for another go (it's like Rocky, just with tea leaves instead of, er, boxing) Today's tea is from a fabulous Etsy seller Teaman. Tim is a really nice bloke and I've bought many a tea from him. It's good to support indie tea blenders.
Anyway, back to the tea. It's a black tea with a sharp, citrus smell. The smell is somewhat sweet, without smelling chemical-y, which some bergamot extracts can do; i.e. more Glade Touch and Fresh than smell of the Orient.
The taste is strong and robust, with a smoky aftertaste. The taste on first sip is highly perfumed, but not overpowering, with lovely clear notes of bergamot. It may take a bit of getting used to if you are used to other types of EG, especially weaker tasting ones. It is worth the experiment though, I promise. This is a particulary excellent tea for mornings, as it's a bright, sunny flavour that should wake you up a little bit, even after a heavy night. The tea goes down smoothly, without any of the 'stickyness' of flavour that is sometimes accompanies EG.
Overall, this is a good Earl Grey for the seasoned EG drinking, especially because the tea and bergamot balance each other out delightfully.
PS- apologies for lack of photos, camera not working. Today's mug was spotty!