Earl Grey Tea Time

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 342 ml

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Enjoy the famous floral black tea flavoured with Bergamot in a new receipe twisted with a gourmand and warm flavour of shortbread. Drink it all day long.

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Thanks Stephanie for this sample! I can definitely see where this is a floral EG instead of a more citrus one, and that’s educational for sure. I think I prefer the less perfumed ones, but it won’t stop me from enjoying this while it lasts.

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Thanks boychik :D

Gosh I haven’t had an Earl Grey in forever! This is exactly as I imagined a Fauchon version would taste, mild base tea, with a floral bergamot cloud on top :)

Good if this sort of thing appeals to you!


I prefer A&D Mt Gray, Steven Smith Teamaker Lord Bergamot, Diamond Jubilee H&S
My old time fav was Jackson of Piccadilly


I just drink them at random when they float by. I don’t have a specific favorite but I do in general enjoy them. My husband is particularly fond of them, so I’ll have to get him to try this one at some point :)

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I know… I said I wasn’t going to try any swaps lest I be tempted to buy something else. But boychik sent such an awesome swap package, I couldn’t help myself!

I have been wanting to try some of Fauchon’s teas. They all smell so awesome I have high hopes! :)

This one is the super perfumey kind of bergamot. The base wasn’t a standout, but it wasn’t bad either. Mainly this was bergamot. So if you aren’t a perfumey bergamot fan, this is not one to get. But if you are… get some! :)

1.5 tsp per 10 oz.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML



Yeah, this would so not be your cup of tea, Sil. :)


I haven’t tried it yet


also nicole…did you want me to send you a couple of the fauchon teas i have to try?


I think I’m good for now, Sil, but thanks. Boychik sent several Fauchon!

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A brief note, since I’m busy today, but I don’t want to forget about writing these tasting notes. I thought I remembered wanting to change my steeping parameters on this one last time I had it and sure enough, I wanted to try it with more leaf. So this time it was 3tsp of leaf for 12oz water instead of my usual 2tsp.

I was a little worried it might come out too strong for me, but it was fine. Strong, yes. If you don’t LOVE bergamot, don’t brew it at this level, because it was powerful. But regardless it was never bitter or astringent, and the base remained smooth and solid. I think perhaps there was a bit more shortbread/cookie flavor in this cup, but it wasn’t super noticable. This remains a solid EG, although not as mind blowing as I wanted it to be.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Two of three separate shipments from my Feb 3 Fauchon order arrived today—they must’ve really hustled to make it nearly fit the original projected delivery window (a day late), because until like 2 days ago it wasn’t even shipped yet. The last part hasn’t been packed/shipped yet, kind of weird…

Alas, this is precisely that kind of femmy, floral orange blossom water-like bergamot I have an aversion to as opposed to the soapy-clean bright zippy “masculine” sort. Not undrinkable and lots of Steepsters seem to prefer this kind (it’s like Lupicia’s). That said, the tea base is smooth and soft, reminds me a little of the soft unobtrusiveness of most Kusmis.

Hoping I can pawn off some of this to my Frenchy femmy in-town pal. If not, maybe I’ll find someone on Steepster who can give it a good home.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy Aww, too bad…loving your description of the two different kind of bergamot, haha!

I am curious about this frontier between the 2 bergamot teas sorts. E.g which EG would you class in the masculine sort ?


Thanks TheTeaFairy! Glad I don’t sound totally crazy, ha.

Ysaurella, good question! The thing that struck me at first actually wasn’t tea but different brands of bottled orange blossom essence. There’s an infamous one, A. Montaux (sadly no longer around as Mr. Montaux retired :( ), that was bright and sparkly clean. I was very brand loyal to the end (and have struggled to find a replacement) because of that quality. Most others, all the ones I find in Middle Eastern groceries for example, are the floral, almost jasmine-like kind. With tea, my memory’s fuzzy as I did an overwhelming Earl Grey marathon comparing different ones about 6 months ago…but if I recall correctly, Lupicia’s, Upton Imports’ Natural Bergamot, and Andrews and Dunham Mount Gay are examples of the floral kind I dislike. Many of Upton’s other Earls, including their Original Earl Grey, as well as Harney and Sons’ Viennese Earl Grey (which is all around lighter too) and Teajo’s Silky Earl Grey have that zingy clean bright citrus kind I love. And years ago The Body Shop had a line of bath products fragranced as “Bergamot Italian Soda” and it was an excellent example of the soapy clean bright kind I like.


And the funny thing is, I’m not at all averse to some kinds of floral notes—I adore lavender for example and have come around to fresh non-musty rose—but some, like jasmine and yeah, the floral sort of bergamot, I dislike.


I just got my order of this one… Sounds like EXACTLY the type of bergamot I love. Will definitely have to try it out, but if your local pal doesn’t want it maybe we can do a Fauchon swap of sorts… IIRC you liked the raspberry macaron? I still haven’t been able to make that one work for me.


I see – you may appreciate as well a light smocky bergamot like Tzar Alexandre : http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/UK/ft+tzar-alexandre+T728.html


Oh, thank you very much for the tip Ysaurella! I am still quite clueless about much of the French tea world, but what I’ve had of it (particularly Mariage Freres and most of the other Fauchons I’ve tried) I adore.

Dinosara, that is an awesome offer and I appreciate it! I actually just restocked my Raspberry Macaron thanks to the Vente Privee thing (and how…I nabbed 3 tins!). But if you end up being mad for this one I could likely send you more of mine if your tin won’t suffice. I know how that goes, ha. (:

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