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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
1679 tasting notes

I have been drinking this tea for some time now, and I finally decided that I should write an official review to share with others. There are three important factors that draw me to this tea: 1) Complexity, 2) Hardiness, and 3) Versatility. Lady Grey is a variation on the traditional Earl Grey tea. In the case of Twining’s Lady Grey, the traditional black tea with bergamot oil is supplemented by flavors of lemon and Seville oranges. Here is where the complexity comes into the equation. While the typical Earl Grey is a bold, straightforward cup, I found that the Lady Grey’s flavor varies through the pot and across the tongue. The various citrus notes can be tasted quite separately.

Though the packaging recommends a steep time of 2-4 minutes, I have left this tea steeping for an indefinite (15+ minutes with no adverse effects to the flavor). Typical black teas run the risk of steeping a brew that is too astringent, because of being left in the water for too long. Not so with the Lady Grey – this tea is hardy!

The versatility aspect of this tea comes into play with both additions and temperature. Trying it with cream and sugar was a pleasant (though not necessary) experience. I found that it could be consumed hot or cooled, and it was equally tasty at either point.

For those who like Earl Grey or citrusy black teas, give Lady Grey a try! I recommend it as a pleasant addition to one’s tea cupboard. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would give it a 70/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
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The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

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