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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
186 tasting notes

My second real attempt with Earl Grey after a horrific Tazo cup a few months back.

Since my Tazo hot cup was so bitter and oversteeped when I followed the instructions on the packaging, I might have understeeped this cup. The teabag smelled very fragrant and quite delicious, with the bergamot a subtly sweetening the blend.

The bergamot in this isn’t the strongest, which is what I like. However, the taste was overwhelmingly floral, which was quite odd. Almost potpourri-like. There isn’t a real strong taste of bergamot; it’s more of an aftertaste that lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat after each sip. A pleasant aftertaste that was altogether welcome. But the black tea itself didn’t have any real presence at all, which surprised me. I wanted it to be a better balance of the two, and I didn’t expect the bergamot to taste so cloying and floral.

I’m going to try to brew my second cup a bit stronger next time, in hopes that the black tea taste will rise to match the flavoring in this package. It was a very drinkable cup, with no bitterness whatsoever, but I’m not sure if this is going to be the perfect blend of Earl Grey for me yet. More tinkering needed!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
teafiend

No matter how hard you try, Twinings will be either disappointing or horrific. Good luck though!

teaplz

Twinings in general, or just their Earl Grey? Hopefully I do like Earl Grey, and I just keep having the wrong blends.

teafiend

I will hesitantly say most Twinings because I’ve had only subpar results from their tea. Their Breakfast teas and Lady Grey are okay, but others are much better for the same price.

Jillian

I second that Twinings’ Lady Grey is quite decent, but I’ve never been a huge fan of any of their other teas.

kai

Seconded on Tazo. Their Earl Grey is one of the worst things I have ever drank in my life.

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teafiend

No matter how hard you try, Twinings will be either disappointing or horrific. Good luck though!

teaplz

Twinings in general, or just their Earl Grey? Hopefully I do like Earl Grey, and I just keep having the wrong blends.

teafiend

I will hesitantly say most Twinings because I’ve had only subpar results from their tea. Their Breakfast teas and Lady Grey are okay, but others are much better for the same price.

Jillian

I second that Twinings’ Lady Grey is quite decent, but I’ve never been a huge fan of any of their other teas.

kai

Seconded on Tazo. Their Earl Grey is one of the worst things I have ever drank in my life.

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