I'm totally with you on this one.
My stepfather's definition of tea was earl grey (generally twinnings), and I spent 16 years of my life thinking that I hated tea because I just can't stand a strong bergamot flavor. Also, my stepfather was a fan of bad tea, and couldn't brew to save his life... bad tea brewed badly is one of the most horrific things I've ever been subjected to.
I agree with previous posters that the cheaper the tea, the stronger the bergamot seems to be. (hence the cheap twinnings of my childhood being more bergamot than tea) As far as Earl Greys go, Adagio's isn't bad.... but now that I've truly had great tea, it's hard to go back to anything Earl Grey.
Fukamushi Dynasty wrote:
Mocha Wheels wrote:i'm not a fan of black teas in general- except for chocolate or coffee flavored blacks.
I like coffee-flavored tea for the same reason I like tofu-flavored veal.
I get what you mean, but... that's just.... eww.