The tea shop I used to buy most of my tea from was bought out by a larger chain. I was very sad. I had been going there for a few years. Now, it has left me trying to figure out where to buy the teas I enjoy. This new chain, while also selling loose leaf tea, does not sell the same tea selection of the previous store, so I've lost a couple favourites.
The first tea I had to get was Earl Grey. I was hesitant to buy the Earl Grey at the new store because their small size was huge compared to the old store and I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the money. Mistake. Bagged Earl Grey doesn't cut it any more (unless it's the kind you get at Starbucks). So I sucked it up and bought around 225 grams/ .5 pounds, which trust me, is a lot. But it's so yummy.... However, to save a little money, I saw another loose leaf Earl Grey that was specially selected from blah, blah, blah... It is about the same price and it comes in a smaller quantity, so I thought I'd get it. It is not good enough. It has a bitter taste to it. If I accidentally steep it too long, I HAVE to add milk and sugar otherwise I can't drink it.
So, in the end, I'm buying Earl Grey from Teavana. It's so good.
*I almost wrote, "Earl Grey, hot." as the title to this post because I love Captain Picard. He's probably the main reason I tried Earl Grey Tea in the first place.