drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
1827 tasting notes

My daughter’s fiancé brought this tea as a gift when he visited from Northern Ireland recently. He is a big fan of Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas. This is a loose leaf version.

The leaf is of medium size and the aroma when you open the inner pouch is so citrus-y and fresh. This smelled like oranges to me, though the box describes bergamot and lemony flavor. The aroma isn’t too strong and doesn’t have that bathroom cleaner acrid smell that I have found in one or two Earl Greys.

I let it steep for three minutes. I did not add milk or sugar to this one and I find it really doesn’t need anything. If you like milk and sugar I feel sure this tea could handle it. The bergamot is present and has a light, fresh aftertaste. If you love really strong bergamot this probably won’t do it for you, but I am finding it to be a very satisfying mid-morning pot of tea.

Stoo

Buttering up the future mother-in-law. Smart dude! :-)

ashmanra

Indeed! And it gets even better! He loves to play Scrabble. I grew up on Scrabble and my hubby and I enjoy playing. It is almost like we picked him ourselves! :)

K S

Is this different than the American version? I believe the US version says flavored rather than oil of bergamot. I like it anyway.

ashmanra

I am not sure if it is differ, KS. On the bottom it says “100% black tea, bergamot flavouring.” Under that it says, “Tea with the fragrant flavor of bergamot.” The box is definitely different from what I see as loose Earl Grey at my grocery store. And it is actually called “The Earl Grey” not just Earl Grey.

K S

They sell the black box Twinings locally but I did not know if there was a quality difference. According to this link there probably is http://www.foodbanter.com/tea/79498-twinings-uk-vs-twinings.html

ashmanra

I haven’t noticed the black box around here. The one they sell at our local grocery is a tin, and I believe it is yellow. I may have seen this packaging at A Southern Season, though, because it does seem familiar.

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Stoo

Buttering up the future mother-in-law. Smart dude! :-)

ashmanra

Indeed! And it gets even better! He loves to play Scrabble. I grew up on Scrabble and my hubby and I enjoy playing. It is almost like we picked him ourselves! :)

K S

Is this different than the American version? I believe the US version says flavored rather than oil of bergamot. I like it anyway.

ashmanra

I am not sure if it is differ, KS. On the bottom it says “100% black tea, bergamot flavouring.” Under that it says, “Tea with the fragrant flavor of bergamot.” The box is definitely different from what I see as loose Earl Grey at my grocery store. And it is actually called “The Earl Grey” not just Earl Grey.

K S

They sell the black box Twinings locally but I did not know if there was a quality difference. According to this link there probably is http://www.foodbanter.com/tea/79498-twinings-uk-vs-twinings.html

ashmanra

I haven’t noticed the black box around here. The one they sell at our local grocery is a tin, and I believe it is yellow. I may have seen this packaging at A Southern Season, though, because it does seem familiar.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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