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  • “Per *Alicia's* suggestion and an enjoyable one at the B&N yesterday, I decided to try to make a London Fog with A&D's Earl Grey tonight after a yummy dinner of Indian food. I knew it was late but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This Earl Grey is delightful. The more I drink it the more I am liking it. I still maintain that I prefer Lupicia's Earl Grey... but, it certainly is NOT the worst I've ever had either. I find...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4231 tasting notes
  • “In yesterday's mail, a card full of tea arrived from wonderful wombatgirl! Inside the card was written in large black letters Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. I of course got the HUGEST kick out of...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “So, I finally got the Zarafina I ordered some time last century. (Or maybe the beginning of the month, I forget which.) It was very, very used. To the point where I was worried it would still...” Read full tasting note
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    wombatgirl 411 tasting notes

From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Many have worn the crown but few have carried the freak flag of rock to such fantastic heights as Earl Grey. In spite of a seemingly endless procession of heirs and imitators, the Earl’s star shines as brightly today as it did on first rising in the early 1970s. Listeners who might have been baffled by his colorful affectations were instead delighted by the seductive, mysterious character of his songs. Surely his childhood exposure to folk music on a remote Mediterranean island contributed to his fresh sound, as did his travels in India, but his perfect blend of style, creativity and irresistible guitar hooks always seemed like the product of other-worldly origins. Wherever Earl Grey came from, he’s ours now and this true classic continues to surprise and delight us.

Earl Grey is a black tea scented with the oil of bergamot. Steep in boiling water for five minutes and enjoy in whatever manner you please.

About Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea View company

Andrews & Dunham knows that nothing beats a perfect cup of tea, and a great tea needs no explanation. We love the romance of tea. We love that tea might just be the healthiest thing you’ll ever drink. But if the tea you’re drinking doesn’t taste fantastic, you’re missing out. Only a few teas meet our mysterious, rigorous standards and we’re proud to offer them to you. We’re always looking for that perfect cup, so you don’t have to.

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545 tasting notes

Per Alicia’s suggestion and an enjoyable one at the B&N yesterday, I decided to try to make a London Fog with A&D’s Earl Grey tonight after a yummy dinner of Indian food. I knew it was late but it sounded good and seemed like it would go good after Indian.

I made the Earl Grey as I normally would and added heated milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. I didn’t think it tasted right at first. I could taste everything, but it was off. Too little Earl Grey, too much milk. As it cooled, it got better. I think next time I could steep the tea much stronger and use less milk. But I liked it and there will be a next time.

1 cup Earl Grey tea, 1/4 cup heated milk, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, 1 rounded tsp sugar.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Alicia

Told you! hee-hee.

__Morgana__

Wow, a cup of tea? (Did I read that right?)

Alicia

I don’t think loose tea was meant in this case. :)

__Morgana__

Whew! That would have been a lot of tea! Lol.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Alicia ~ It was a good call. =)

Morgana ~ Yeah, 1 cup of steeped Earl Grey tea (from 1 tsp leaves in 1 cup of 205° F water for 5 min). NOT 1 cup of leaves.

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4231 tasting notes

This Earl Grey is delightful. The more I drink it the more I am liking it. I still maintain that I prefer Lupicia’s Earl Grey… but, it certainly is NOT the worst I’ve ever had either. I find the bergamot in this tea to be quite remarkable as it possesses a fruitier flavor to it. Yes, I know that bergamot IS indeed a fruit… but my experience has been that bergamot possesses a very “fragrant” flavor that I can liken to a flowery quality (since flowers are fragrant). This bergamot is less flowery and more fruity. That is to say that while it is quite fragrant to the nose, it is less fragrant to the palate.

Eh… suffice is to say that I like it.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I am on the fence about this particular Earl. Something about it tastes “different”, but not in a good way—in a weird way! I’ll have to ruminate over a cup and write a proper review soon!

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: it is weird… but I think that is one of the reasons I like it. It’s different and in this case (at least from my palate’s perspective) different is good.

Miss Sweet

I feel like I need to research bergamot or something- some teas claimed to be flavoured with just bergamot taste like a garden and the handful of earl greys I really love definitely taste more citrusy, but bergamot is still the only flavour. Hmm.

LiberTEAS

Most of the Earl Grey teas that I’ve tasted have been flavored with oil of bergamot. The only one that I can recall that flavored their tea with the actual fruit rather than the oil is Numi’s Aged Earl Grey, which is OK, but, the bergamot is definitely a softer presence than in those that have been flavored with the oil.

It’s very dependent upon the oil of bergamot that is used. Some are better quality than others. In addition to the quality of oil is the conditions in which it has been flavored… including the quality and freshness of the tea that is flavored. Earl Grey teas is one of the most difficult flavorings to perfect, because it’s not as forgiving as other flavorings can be.

~lauren.

Bergamot is a citrus – an orange – here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergamot_orange

LiberTEAS

I know. :)

~lauren.

Oh, LiberTEAS – I know you know! Sorry – I was replying to what Miss Sweet was saying in her comment “…and the handful of earl greys I really love definitely taste more citrusy, but bergamot is still the only flavor.” I wouldn’t dream of trying to tell you something (I mean you’ve been in/are in the tea business!) – I’m only just starting on my tea-appreciation!

LiberTEAS

Lauren: I know that there are a lot of people who do not know what bergamot is. In fact, when I started out, I most certainly did not. I mean, it’s not like we can walk into the produce area of the supermarket and find bergamot oranges along with the lemons, limes and grapefruits. (Although, that would be ever so cool!!! Imagine being able to add a thin slice of bergamot orange to your tea rather than a slice of lemon!)

Anyways, I didn’t think you were talking to me when you posted that, so no worries. Have a splendid tea day!!!

But no need to apologize.

~lauren.

You are ever so gracious, thanks, LiberTEAS! Just so you know, I HIGHLY value everything you post/comment because I learn so much from your words! & thanks, I’m drinking this amazing green oolong today, so it’s a good tea day!

Miss Sweet

Oh, I know what bergamot is too, I was more curious about the difference in flavouring across the tons of earl greys I’ve tried. Its almost like some are flavoured with “earl grey flavour” rather than bergamot itself, which might account for the overly floral taste I’ve had in some plain earl greys (i.e. no flowers in the blend itself)?
And I was wondering about flavouring with bergamot too, some say “scented with”, some say “flavouring” but does that just mean scented?
Its so interesting that there are so many factors involved to get a decently flavoured tea! Sorry for the longwinded comment, earl grey is my favourite and this kind of stuff just fascinates me :D

LiberTEAS

Miss Sweet: It fascinates me as well! And it is interesting!

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In yesterday’s mail, a card full of tea arrived from wonderful wombatgirl! Inside the card was written in large black letters

Tea.
Earl Grey.
Hot.

I of course got the HUGEST kick out of that, being an Earl Grey fan and a Picard fan :) The card is now on my desk here at work turned inside out so that the words show!!! I am so happy that I am getting to try A + D Damn Fine Earl Grey!!! :)

It is an absolutely delicious Earl. I love whatever bergamot they used, and the concentration is perfect! Not too much, not too little. I am absolutely crazy for the tea base! It balances so well with the bergamot – and adds a really great foundation. Anyone know what kind of tea was used?

I really didn’t want to like it as much as I do! Damn A + D and their Damn Fine Teas! Now I have to go and get series 3! SHEESH!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Mwahahaaaa!!!! I knew I’d read a review ‘round here right when I joined Steepster that used Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon your review. Not that I’m checking out all your reviews for any particular reason or anything. But am I excited to have discovered that it was you all along! :D

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So, I finally got the Zarafina I ordered some time last century. (Or maybe the beginning of the month, I forget which.) It was very, very used. To the point where I was worried it would still work when I took it out of the box. But I got it all cleaned up, figured out how it all went together, and then thought about what I should baptize it with.

I decided that an Earl Grey would be good, and opening my cupboard, the A&D tea darn near fell on me. Right then. A&D Earl Grey it would be then.

So I looked at all the dials, read the instructions twice, and just jumped in. And it worked fine!

And the tea was good, as usual. Yummy. The bergamot was bold, the tea was lovely and just – YUM. I love this tea. If you like an Earl Grey that is loud and lovely, this is for you.

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Boiling
teaplz

TEAVALANCE.

Actually, that might be a cool name for a company.

I have to start attempting to like Earl Grey. So far, only Samovar’s blend has made me go, hrm, not bad. And Samovar’s Scarlet Sable, which is pretty much lapsang and Earl Grey rooibos I think, and I LIKE IT WHAT. Lemon chicken.

Okay I’m done. Too much caffeine.

wombatgirl

Try the specialteas Earl Grey de la creme. I like it because it’s like a semi-sour orange creamsicle on top of the nummy tea. But I personally find that I need the milk and sugar (or half and half and splenda) with the earl grey, otherwise, I find it very meh. Yum.

This is pretty much the FACE PUNCH of earl grey, and I like it that way. ;)

S

Yay you got your Zarafina! I was wondering what was going on with that, since I hadn’t heard you mention it in a while. How are you liking it so far?

wombatgirl

I’m definitely liking it. Today I got to use it like 4 times (working from home) and I adore the convience of it – the rituals around tea make it special, but sometimes I just want a cuppa. Know what I mean?

Ricky

Zarafina! Yay!

Meghann M

sorry to be off topic, but where can you find out more about the zafarina and where to buy? I google it and get a link to esquire magazine’s comment about it and that is it. Hrmm.

Meghann M

Lol…of course it would be that easy! :>X

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I am THIS CLOSE to giving up on the spoiler prevention about the 52teas christmas box! I haven’t got it yet. Iirc there was some delay in shipping around the time when I placed my order due to illness and that’s just too bad and can’t be helped. I’m not complaining about that. I just miss checking the dashboard and hearing from you lot.
(And to be honest, right now I’m rather more concerned about my Kusmi package which according to tracking has been delivered, so that must be the one that was misdelivered to a package pick-up place in Copenhagen (other side of the country from me) and is now apparently caught in limbo somewhere between Copenhagen and here, likely due to the very icy weather we’ve been having lately)

On top of that I’ve run into some annoyance just now. It’s recurring sort of annoyance and I ought to know by now to steer clear of it, because I know it’s going to be there. But I DO wish that some people could just let go of that unhealthy obsession instead of coming after anybody who supposedly ‘does it wrong’ all the time. It’s called ‘nagging’ and it’s not a positive thing to do. grump

So to cheer myself up and hopefully stave off the temptation to go through the dashboard, throwing myself in the arms of spoilers galore, I decided to make me a cup of tea. This also put me in a bit of a pickle because I was in a citrus mood, but not an oolong (Lemon Oolong from Nothing But Tea) or a pu-erh (Orange Pu-erh also from NBT) mood, and that just about concluded my current citrus-y choice.

Apart of course from this one. Well, it’s bergamot, so it’s citrus. But it’s totally not what I had in mind. Me thinks I should put some thought into researching my perfect orange flavoured black, or alternatively dark oolong. Leave me a comment with your favourite orange flavoured black or dark oolong (or other interesting citrus flavoured things), please!

In the meantime, however, His Lordship is a very satisfying cup this afternoon. He turned out a bit too dusty and floral this time, but at the same time providing all the things that I was really looking for. Except the orange, but I shall eat one later instead.

Meghann M

I get caught up and upset by the frequent “nagging” often as well. Glad you were able to enjoy some tea and brush it all off!

Kusmi makes some interesting citrus (bergamot mostly) blacks in the russian collection. I think St Petersburg was a favorite when I was able to sample a few… Boston Tea Co’s Apricot Ginger and Peach was really good, but not citrus. I’m curious to hear what others favorite Citrus teas were as well.

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1851 tasting notes

This is a tea I’ve wanted to try for a while, so I was excited to get a sample from Jillian! A while ago I was on a specific hunt for my perfect Earl Grey, but now I’ve settled more into just trying EGs when I get a chance. Nevertheless, this one was always on my list to try since a lot of people seem to be fans.

I couldn’t get a ton of aroma from the dry tea, but brewed it smells fantastic. The bergamot is strong and at the front, but it’s not really in your face. It’s also has an amazing depth of aroma that I can hardly believe bergamot is the only flavoring. It’s got a sweet, smooth smell that reminds me of an EG creme (but not overly so). The black tea base is present with a touch of pepper, but it seems to boost the bergamot instead of merely competing with it.

It tastes good, but it doesn’t quite live up to the aroma for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great EG, but I won’t be too sad that it’s limited edition because it doesn’t blow me away like I was expecting from the aroma. The initially flavor on the sip is a little flat; maybe I need to steep for longer? It doesn’t seem to be bitter at all, so I may experiment with that next time. Anyway, the flavor really blooms late in the sip and in the aftertaste, and it does stay fairly true to the notes in the aroma, but fainter. I just wish the whole sip could be like that! It is well balanced, with a black tea base that I enjoy and a citrusy bergamot note rounding it out. Thanks again Jillian, I’m glad I got to try it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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911 tasting notes

The bergamot is fresh and juicy – it made my tastebuds do a little happy dance. Oddly enough, about half way through my mug it started reminded me of a chocolate orange. Not at all a bad thing but certainly unexpected. Added a little sugar and milk and this is a super EG breakfast tea. Mmm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Yay! I haven’t tackled this one yet, but it’s in my cabinet. Can’t wait!

Miss Sweet

Ah awesome, I’m ordering this soon and require tastebud-dancing earl grey!

oOTeaOo

Have you tried other Earl Greys? How does this one compare to others?

Auggy

oOTeaOo, I haven’t tried a ton of straight EGs – mostly variations… Adagio’s EG Bravo, SpecialTea’s EG Fine (I think it is) and some variations and some Mariage Freres’ variations, and a sip of Rishi’s straight EG. The little bit of Rishi’s is probably the freshest and best tasting one for me and this one rates just below Rishi’s for me. ST’s EG de la Creme & MF’s Ruschka black are also favorites. And that might have been much more in depth than what you were looking for. Oops!

oOTeaOo

No, its perfect! Thanks so much!! :) I love EGs and am considering buying this one.

teaplz

Love the EG shout-outs, Auggy! I’m still not a fan, but… hrm. Samovar’s EG is really, really good!

Auggy

I haven’t had Samovar’s EG straight but it is lovely in Scarlet Sable (at least, I’m pretty sure that’s what in there). I don’t typically have much love for EGs (preferring the softer Lady EG-like ones) but with this one and Rishi’s I’m kind of thinking it is mostly because of the EGs I’ve met because I do like this one a lot. It strikes me as very relalistic/natural/juicy tasting instead of fake/perfume-y/nasty. There are some icky EGs out there!!!

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158 tasting notes

Today did not get off to a good start, Steepsterites.

I set my alarm for 8am so that I could be up in time to welcome my couch, lovingly, when it was delivered ‘sometime between 10 and 2pm’. Showered. Dressed. Went downstairs to get tip money for the guys. Passing the front desk, the concierge says: “Sorry you missed your furniture delivery!”

?!?!

But they told me 10 and 2, I exclaim, flailing and looking (I am sure) generally aghast. I’m early!

“No, they were here yesterday,” he says.

Of course, yesterday I was out running errands and incommunicado, because I wanted to be sure my house was perfectly in order and prepared for my couch, for which I have been waiting for six months.

Sigh.

So instead of getting tip money at the market around the corner, I bought a chocolate toffee bar. Eff it, I tell you. Eff it all and give me candy.

I needed a tea that would stand up to a Skor bar. Earl Grey was the tea that got me interested in better quality (and loose) leaf. I love it, but I’ve strayed away from the perfumey stuff in recent months. Still, it sounded capable of cutting through the candy bar, and I’ve had this tin in my cupboard, untouched, for everrrrrr.

It’s an extremely bergamot-y tea. The scent of it is high and forward, but not bitter; there are times when Earl Grey’s bergamot tastes more floral to me than citrusy, but this cup is very much in the citrus end of the spectrum — possibly more than any I can recall. For all that it’s a very smooth cup, with no astringency even after four minutes in boiling-hot water. I think I’d enjoy it with a bit of milk and sugar (which is how I usually prefer my Earl Grey — I skipped it today because I don’t like to first rate a tea with additives).

It’s also not bad with the candy bar, though I think for the other half, I might switch things up and go with some Dawn.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LENA

Oh no, that’s awful! That couch must be pretty bad ass to warrent a 6 month wait!

Rabs

::HUGE HUG::

Cofftea

HAHA! Early??? I’m only laughing cuz I’m pretty sure that’s the 1st time it’s ever happened in the history of furniture.

JacquelineM

Oh, that’s devastating! Were you able to hammer out a future delivery date?

sophistre

It came to me from Italy! A contemporary retailer I found was having a crazy sale on Italian designer stuff, so I made out like a bandit…just…like a really, really, really slow bandit. :( I was able to reschedule for next Wednesday. I’m sure it was my fault — I must have written down the wrong date, or something. So disappointing! And I feel awful about them coming over here and having to wait.

LOL Cofftea. This is why I’m sure it must be my fault, hahaha.

__Morgana__

So sad. The control freak in me would be fuming about this for weeks….

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6770 tasting notes

Thanks LiberTEAs!!!!!
:P

This is the first time I have tried this one and once I opened up the travel size tin that LiberTEAS sent me I knew right away it was Earl Grey…no question about it. Smells JUST like Earl Grey should smell like . The taste is special and different tho. I mean, ANYONE can do an earl grey, right!? But what makes each one DIFFERENT is what I am interested in.

Here’s what’s DIFFERENT about this one and what makes it stand out – in my honest opinion…

Sure it has an INTENSE Earl Grey nose and I ass+u+me=ed it would be just as intensely on the tongue but it was SMOOTH. YES! An earl grey that TASTES smooth! The Black Tea is BOLD but the bergamot and other stereotypical earl grey notes that are usually overdone…aren’t…they AREN’T overdone!!! YAY! Most of the time when they are over done they seem to taste very fake and have funky lingers. (OH! “The Funky Lingers” wouldn’t that be a COOL name for a band!?) Anyhow…this is NICE…real tasting and smooth but still noticeably earl grey! YAY!

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1 TB for 500mL water, no milk or sweetener.

I am not an Earl Grey fan. Sometimes I really want it. Most days I ignore it. Very much a mood thing with me. But when I do drink Earl Grey, I am horribly picky. So far, only two EGs, Numi Aged Earl Grey and Stash’s Earl Grey, have ever wowed me. Many, including Twinings, make me gag.

I ordered Series 3 — an Earl Grey, a Caravan, and a Jasmine Green — from Andrews & Dunham solely on the strenth of their Captain Assam’s High Seas Elixir and their really funny copywriting. And the labels. I freakin LOVE the labels.

I figured the Earl Grey would be one I’d give away as a Christmas gift. But nooooo, this evening, after an exhausting and almost fruitless workday (now entering hour 11 of same), I want Earl Grey. Hot. Diplomatic solution to Klingons off the port bow, the whole bit. Damn Fine, eh? Let’s check the mettle of your dilithum, then.

Warp core breach! In the best possible way. Smoooooooth black tea base, and a bergamot flavour the proves that bergamot is, in fact, a citrus fruit and not paint stripper. No bitterness, which is a lovely suprise; too many EGs used a crappy tea base that gets really bitter on its own and then further sours under the bergamot. Body is light — very pleasingly so — and but not weak. Liquor is about halfway between brass and copper. Fragrance is distinctive and delightful. Clean finish: the tea taste vanishes, but the bergamot haunts.

If you don’t already like Earl Grey, I doubt this will convert you, as it’s the Earl Grey-iest I’ve drunk in a long time. If you like Earl Grey, you really should try this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

Its sad, but a lot of Earl Grey tea is awful. So when you find a good one it really knocks your socks off.

Michelle Butler Hallett

You’re right. And it doesn’t have to be awful. People keep trying to hide poor tea with enough bergamot flavouring to choke a horse. You can’t skimp on Earl Grey, or you end up with sour socks in dish soap.

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