Refreshing Earl Grey

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Tea of the Day: Refreshing Earl Grey by Global Teas

Description: Whole leaf organic black tea from the mountains of Assam, India.  Our favorite breakfast tea!  This tea has a rich malty flavor, perfect for starting your day or anytime you need an energy boost.  This tea is delicious on its own, but is also strong enough for you to add milk or sugar if desired.

Dry tea smells very citrusy, even more so than double bergamot earl grey

Liquor is a warm red-brown in the cup

Steeped tea retains the very citrus smell. Before sugar, the tea is surprisingly light for a black tea, refreshing rather than punchy.

Adding sugar  helps emphasize the citrus flavor, making the tea quite refreshing, like the name promised. There is a little roughness in the back of the throat with this tea though, so would probably be best will a little milk for smoothness

Tea Rating: 3.5/5


Hopes, dreams, and expectations are funny things.

They can keep you going, giving you a reason to keep working, picking yourself up again if you fall and keep you moving forward.

In some cases, hope is all that keeps a person alive, and it’s hard to kill, sometimes keeping people going far beyond what you’d expect them to be able to handle or endure.

Hopes, dreams, and expectations are good to have, but they’re not always all sunshine and roses.

Hopes can be dashed.

Dreams can be crushed.

Unmet expectations can lead to disappointment, which can be quite severe, depending on the height of the expectation.

Everyone has had experience with these things, unless you’ve lived a very lucky, very blessed, or very delusional life.

From personal experience I can say that when your hopes and dreams are dashed or expectations are unmet, it can hurt. Sometimes quite a lot, to the point where a re-evaluation of oneself is the only way to get through it.

But that doesn’t mean don’t hope.

For the love of all that is good in the world, please don’t stop dreaming.

Keep expecting great things.

Just do it a little differently.

Hope for many things, so that your soul is not all bound up in one thing, which is another way of saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”

Have small dreams as well as big ones, so that you’re always working towards something that is fulfilling to you.

As far as expectations…tread carefully.

Expect a lot from yourself, but remember to be kind, too. You’re not going to run a marathon tomorrow if you haven’t trained, but that’s fine. When you’re talking about/to yourself, expectations can be paired with goals or actions so that you set yourself up to  meet or exceed your expectations.

Example: “I expect to be able to wear my bikini next summer and still feel comfortable,” paired with a goal of working out (whatever that means to you) 3-5 days a week = you rock that bikini when it’s warm again

When you expect things from others, be very careful. If you put someone on too high of a pedestal, they may never meet those lofty expectations, meaning you’ll be constantly let down. That’s not fair to you, or the other person…we’re all human, after all.

Communicate your expectations, and be willing to listen if you’re told they’re not realistic. Also it’s good to remember that if you’re insanely specific about every detail, you leave out the possibility of being surprised, which really takes the fun out of things.

Example: your significant other can’t know that you expect a romantic night out on your birthday if you didn’t say anything, can they?

That being said, I expect all of you to have at least one cup of your favorite tea today. Trust me, you deserve it


“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

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