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I have seen that several of the flavored teas I've ordered from various vendors tend to stick more to the container/tin they arrive in. I have always assumed it was related to the flavoring/scenting process and presence of oils, etc.
As for the Earl Grey Bravo, it has a fairly potent flavor profile... much loved by those who enjoy the bergamot flavor, and very startling
to someone who's new to Earl Grey or not really into flavored teas. I would suggest you try it again... but cut it in half by adding some decent basic black tea to it, about 50% unflavored black tea and 50% Earl Grey... and see how that goes. If still too overpowering for you, you can always reduce/dilute the mixture further, or slightly underbrew. This is how I used up my Earl Grey Bravo sample (and an even stronger sample from Upton's called Extra Bergamot Earl Grey
), and I enjoyed it very much in this milder concentration. More recently, I discovered Lady Earl Grey, which is much lighter in flavoring... and much more to my taste. On the rare occasion that I want a touch of flavoring in my tea, I reach for the Lady.