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14 Tasting Notes

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drank English Breakfast by PG Tips
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I’ve been fighting a bad head cold the last couple of days….this tea has saved my life! lol The 5 or 6 times I spend with this tea a day makes the cold almost bearable. It’s like a nice warm blanket.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Anthony Bazic

yeah its a decent standby to have when anyone down and out, I certainly would love to have or two of PG any day. Great tastes and generous quantity that won’t be to off putting unlike some brands. Well, hope you get better buddy and might I suggest something medicinal like Chai, now it may sound to cliche but it will surely be the best bet in fighting the cold while enjoying something medicinal like. I always hated the taste of medicine in childhood , to me chai can be a lifesaver no more Robitussin just chai. lol

timmya9433

Thanks Anthony for the chai tip! Can you recommend any brands?

Anthony Bazic

any brand will do, nothing specific thats up to you. Just curl up to a chai cuppa and kickback and relax…nothing beats tea and some R&R. Hope you get well soon and drink on!

timmya9433

Well, I went safe and tried the Twinings chai….much better than I thought it would be! I can already feel my sinus’ getting better…

Anthony Bazic

twinnings blends some mean chai tea blends as with Numi, well at least the sinuses are clearing up being stuffed up behind the ear in all is quite annoying..alot of flem :(

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OK, this tastes a bit more mellow than the Yorkshire “red”…and surprisingly makes a much better cup. I prefer my tea strong, but this was a nice change of pace.

A VERY good backup for my everyday tea PG Tips.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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I bought this at the same local store which offers Taylor’s Earl Grey (Which I reviewed) and wanted to take the plunge and try this tea in earnest. Like their Earl Grey, I had heard many great things and looked forward to trying it. Wow! I’m impressed. Tasted wonderful with my bagels this morning….not quite up to PG Tips IMHO, but a decent substitute. If you love strong black tea you will love this!

This is a really good black tea. Rich and flavorful, best served with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Where to begin? I have read so many good things about this tea and could not wait to sample it… plus finding it locally was very convenient. On opening the box doubt began to set in. There was no aroma of bergamot whatsoever, which lead me to think they might’ve made a mistake at the packing plant and put straight black tea in my box! As it started to brew I realized it was indeed Earl Grey because a faint hint of bergamot could be detected wafting out of the cup.

Added my usual splash of milk with two sugars and prepared to be amazed. I was not. It was indeed an Earl Grey, but more lemony and not as strong as I thought it would be. The tea color was a bit redder than Twinings brand (which has a stronger and better flavor) and the underlying taste of the tea was smokier than I anticipated…which isn’t a bad thing.

All and all, not a poor Earl Grey but not a great one either.

N.B. This review is for the bagged version.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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My second review for this Earl Grey and I want to take the opportunity to speak up for it. Firstly, this size tea bag is meant for 6 oz of water. If you want more tea use more bags (or import the larger Brit version). Secondly, I’ve read some reviews that stated this is “weak”. Well, Earl Grey isn’t supposed to be a strong tea, though there are versions out there that play up the bergamot a bit more. Personally I think the balance of bergamot and tea taste is perfect in the Twinings blend.
Thirdly, there is a controversy concerning the US version of this tea was weakened in 2006 when the packaging changed (the Brit version was indeed reformulated in 2011, but that’s another pot of tea entirely!) and I want to address that.

I don’t think it was changed at all. The tea was always blended in England and prior to the 2006 package change had been packed in the US. After 2006 it was packed in England and was still blended there, hardly a need to worry there. The new packaging lists the strength of the tea as “light”, whereas before no such indicator was displayed. Perhaps the power of suggestion played into peoples perception of the taste, they were told it is a light tea and tasted it as such.

It is also possible that a bad batch of tea reached our shores in 2006/07. That combined with the new “light tea” description may account for some people detecting a taste difference. An entire blog was devoted to this “change” in 2006 – savetwinings.blogspot.com , but sadly has not been updated since 2009.

Twinings denied any change in their US Earl Grey formula at the time and never have admitted to any changes to the US blend since. I believe them because you can ask any Brit who loves Twinings Earl Grey…the company isn’t exactly shy about tampering with the blend and admitting to it when they do. www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8728913/Twinings-is-changing-Earl-Grey-man-the-barricades.html

Sorry for the rambling nature of this review but I felt this good, solid tea needed a sympathetic defense witness. lol

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Anthony Bazic

Nicely put Tim! Certainly there are people who’s tastes that are too demanding and tongues as sharp as knives, but I guess its their lack of admiration for this simple cuppa. These type in particular made by Twinnings is one of many teas that got me brought me to love tea before I got began to have interests in loose leaf teas and the like. Its certainly not a bad tea and quite balanced as you described, its kinda gives a best compromise of bergamont and tea flavor without one overpowering than the other or it would be like drinking air freshener! However, it can get bitter and astringent at times possibly owing a lot of disappointment among afficianados, the main upset over teas like twinnings of course its a bagged tea which has alot of bad rep due to being of poor quality or flavor. Its an overstatement to be honest, as there are some companies who do sell bagged teas that uses fannings or a combo and still puts out darn good teas!
Twinnings , Numi, Tazo, and stash continues to make good teas despite all the upset against bagged teas, its a matter of subjection as definitely loose leaf teas can also be not good as the bagged teas. Things are not perfect which some people can’t get over…

timmya9433

The bagged vs. loose leaf debate is interesting. There are many teas that taste better in loose form, Twinings Earl Grey oddly isn’t one of them. I have tried the loose version and found it not as strong and the bergamot not as bright compared to the bags. Perhaps I got a bad tin? I dunno.

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Yes, I’ve drunk this before, and no I didn’t like it. weak and tepid. If you add copious amounts of milk and sugar you can get by though.

It is better than most store brands…take that for what it’s worth.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

I had this one years ago and have not been able to find it locally again. One of the best orange pekoes I’ve tried.

Again I must repeat, Twinings US tea bags are made for 6 oz cups…not the huge mugs most people use to brew tea, so if it tastes weak to you that may be the issue.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Wow! This is really strong. The first cup I made was in 6 oz of water and was completely overwhelmed by the bergamot. Second attempt was in 8 oz and mellowed it a bit and made it somewhat more drinkable. This is so strong that it is spicey and resembles an herbal tea. Not bad at all actually, just too much for my palate to take all at once. For bergamot fans (notice I did not type Earl Grey fans) only.

N.B. Bergamot extract is used here and not “flavoring” like in Twinings, so be cautious if you have a temperamental tummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

I don’t know about Twinings but I wrote Ahmad about the use of flavoring and was told they use crystals made from freeze dried bergamot. They say it keeps and steeps better. I know Bigelow use to tear my stomach up something fierce – of course I was drinking multiple pots a day.

timmya9433

Believe it or not Ahmad’s Earl Grey is one I’d like to try next. I read your review and it moved me to order it online. :)

K S

If you are pleased with it – their Darjeeling and Number 1 teas are also great value teas. If you don’t like… I have no idea who wrote that review ;-)

ScottTeaMan

I like Stash Double Bergamot for iced tea.

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47
drank British Blend by Tetley
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This is the supposedly British version of Tetley marketed to the US. I’m not sure if it is the exact same blend as found in the UK, but to me it tastes kind of weak. Hopefully the Tetley across the pond is stronger!

PG Tips or Yorkshire blow this away, however, it is better than Lipton….barely.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Anthony Bazic

I suggest you try Numi teas, Mighty Leaf, Two Twigs and a Leaf, and RIshi for a more decent bagged teas that sells at decent prices and gives all the flavor per buck ! Numi is good at blended teas and flavored teas rich in spices and herbs, Mighty Leaf may sell 15 bags than the usual 20 or more but its a tablespoon per bag! Not bad either but certainly the best for me I love their herbal blends and their black and green teas that are actually loose leaf teas that are bagged. Two Twigs and a bud is much the same with Mighty Leaf though I have not tried it enough to say much about , and lastly Rishi has a vast tea variety that are best known for their matcha drinks and their iced tea drinks that are quite tasty on a hots summers day! So, this is basically my recommendation I have not listed all the companies lol but what ever you find out there to you liking: grab it, take and love it! Welcome to the tea journey adventure waiting for you!

timmya9433

Thanks Anthony! I was planning on trying Mighty Leaf next after Stash’s Double Bergamot Earl Grey.

ScottTeaMan

I don’t find the British Blend weak, but it is easily bitter. This blend is better than Tetley’s regular blend, and IMO just about anything is better than Lipton. :))

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