Earl Grey Supreme

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 267 ml

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  • “I guess my latest mini-obsession is Earl Grey :) Let's see, I had a very long Chinese obsession, followed by mini obsessions of Assam, then Chai, now Earl :) I threw a sample of this in my cart...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “You know you have become a true tea drinker when......... ...you are sitting on the porch in 80 degree weather drinking hot Earl Grey Supreme. And you are usually hot in this kind of weather. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I'm finishing up the last of this delicious Earl Grey today - but I think I should have saved it to drink while watching Star Trek! Either way, this tea is great as a tea latte with the citrusy...” Read full tasting note
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    mrawlins2 1015 tasting notes
  • “A sample of this arrived with my recent Harney order. I thought I'd give it a go this morning. I'm not a huge Earl Grey fan...I like it, but it's a case of I like what I like and don't often branch...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

To the connoisseur we offer Earl Grey Supreme, which uses a higher grade of teas along with the addition of Silver Tips. Most of our customers have never gone back to our regular Earl Grey once they have tasted the Supreme. If you love Bergamot and fine tea, this is the blend for you.

Kosher.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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I got a tin of this for my Mom for Christmas and we’re having a cup of it after opening presents. I also received some as a gift from a friend in teabag form. Both are excellent versions of an earl grey tea. I like that the black tea is very robust and mouth-filling and that the bergamot is balanced just right, not too overwhelming. It has a great strong earl grey flavor and is perfect with a little milk and sugar. Merry Christmas indeed!

-Standard teabag.
-Teabag smells strongly of bergamot. Tea liquor aroma is of malty bergamot.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium brown color.
-Bold malty flavor with a nicely balanced bergamot finish. Lingering lemony bergamot aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Strong black tea base with a perfect bergamot flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Merry Christmas!

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4818 tasting notes

TRAVELLING TEA BOX!

Yeah so this might be the first early grey that I’ve ever had a cup of. Horrible I know, but keep that in mind :) This is technically the bagged version, but I’ll forgive it that. As a way of sampling a brand new tea, it’s not bad.

So earl grey….I haven’t had much experience with bergamot, so i’m assuming that’s what i’m tasting…but i can’t be certain. i think i can get behind this tea, but it wouldn’t be an every day tea. There’s a citrus zingy kinda of happening in this tea that confuses my mouth. It means i’ll need to try a few more earl grey’s as well just to see where i land on the whole EG thing…but this isn’t too shabby. This particular tea is really smooth though.

yeah… i think my train of thought just derailed…

LiberTEAS

I’ve noticed that with Harney & Sons … perhaps with them more than other companies, their bagged versions are just so lackluster in comparison to their loose leaf.

Sil

Aaah good to know! Thanks for the tip. I wasn’t a baaad cup just not used to earl grey I don’t think. But ill be trying more of H&S as I go I’m sure.

Loving the travelling tea box :)

Nik

Oooh, it’s good to know that about H&S, as I have some of their bagged teas and I’ve been underwhelmed. Thanks, LiberTEAS!

Sil, now I really want an Earl Grey blend called Prematurely (early) Grey. =P

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4359 tasting notes

I received some of this tea from Jaime – thanks Jaime!

Because I am currently drinking this in bagged form, I don’t want to give it a rating. It has been my experience with Harney & Sons tea that their bagged teas are just not as good as their loose leaf.

That being said, tasting this HAS inspired me to order a sample of the loose leaf tea. Because for a bagged Earl Grey, this is good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jaime

Oh, I can’t wait to hear how the loose compares.

LiberTEAS

Well I haven’t ordered it just yet. I will probably wait to place the order for a week or two, just for my own sanity, given how much tea I have in my possession at the moment. But, it is next on the list. Maybe I’ll get lucky and Harney will do another free shipping sale by the time I’m ready to order.

ashmanra

I have it loose leaf, and it is my favorite Earl! It is also a very pretty tea with the Ceylon Silver tips mixed in.

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I am so tired today. I’m not sure this really counts for Sample Week. Oh, it does live up to all the criteria. It’s only the one cup and I haven’t tried it before. However, it was chosen specifically so that I wouldn’t get a sample that I’d end up writing whole little novels about, which I’m not sure whether or not disqualifies it. So I’ve decided that it counts if I don’t do another sample later tonight, and if I do, it didn’t count.

Being an Earl Grey and all, you know?

So what we’re expecting here is a strong black tea and a grey and dusty taste of bergamot. And hopefully not just some random lemon-y citrus, which ironically I would actually prefer tastewise, but would take off points for if it was being passed off as Earl Grey. Authenticity and whatnot, you know?

The aroma is somewhat creamy and smooth and kind of vanilla-y sweet. Still grey but leaning into a more silvery colour. (Synesthesia. I has it.) Okay, that’s a good sign, then.

Flavour, not so much. Here we have the dustyness, and something kind of lime-y as well. I’m not getting much out of the base at all here, so it feels a bit like I’m just having a week generic black with citrus juice in it. I find it disappointing that something with such a promising aroma can be so absolutely uninteresting in flavour.

Nope, this is not a winner.

And now on to other things.

Jillian

Hmm I’ve never considered earl greys to be dusty, maybe it’s just a crappy tea base. ;)

Pamela Dean

@Angrboda … you have such a funny relationship with bergamot! I feel sad that you don’t sense the heady, euphoric rush that some folks, like me for instance, get from it. I’ve been known to rub an Earl Grey teabag on my upper chest when feeling depressed, not to mention hanging one from my upper lip. I purchased some bergamot essential oil recently in a tiny, expensive bottle, and have been strangely hesitant to open it. Maybe it could release some new obsession, or even an addiction ……. Nah … I must be short on drama these days, to be writing such silly thoughts!

Angrboda

Jillian, bergamot is generally a dusty flavour for me. It’s the same sort of experience that I get from really strong floral scented teas. Like licking a dust-rag. I think the synesthesia probably isn’t helping either. If my brain assigns an unflattering colour to a flavour I’m less likely to appreciate it, I think.

Dax, I had a brief interest in aromatherapy a few years ago. Unfortunately the couple of books I had on the subject didn’t survive the recent move, so I can’t look bergamot up for you. I had this little scent-lamp of sorts, like a tealight holder with a small bowl of glass over it. You would put water in the bowl and a couple of drops of oil and then when the tealight underneath was lit, it would heat the water gently and release the aroma. Sort of like a very unhandy incense. :) Anyway, yes, the oils cost a fortune! I liked buying them, though. Like so many of my brief interests, I loved getting and owning the things for it, but never actually did anything with it.
I do remember, though, that with very few exceptions, you shouldn’t use aromatic oils directly on your skin because it’s so concentrated, but get a carrier oil to mix it into. There were a few options, the only one of which I remember is jojoba oil

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The dry leaf smells promising as the bergamot isn’t too strong, oily or perfumey. Once steeped, the bergamot’s aroma takes a back seat to the malty, sweet black tea. The liquor color is a light brown-orange.

The flavor is quite nice. It’s like the GM Tippy Earl Grey would be without that bakey weird thing that bothered me about the GM.

I never thought I’d say this about an Earl Grey, but if anything, the bergamot could be a little stronger. Still, it’s quite enjoyable because the underlying tea is very tastey. It’s medium-to-light bodied, no bitterness, a little astringency. There’s a citrus and sugary tea aftertaste.

I have a lot more Earl Greys to try, but this is a strong contender.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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In a word, this tea is superb. I adore this tea. I ordered it loose, and the fact that it comes in a beautiful 4 oz tin is icing on the cake. Everyone has a different opinion on the ideal Earl Grey, but I’ve been testing a lot of them lately, and this is my favorite so far. I made it exactly as recommended, 5 min. steeping with boiling water. I used 1 tsp in 8 oz. Not the least bit bitter-just the right amount of bergamot. Excellent hot or cold. Perfection. I can’t wait to try the other 7 selections from Harney & Sons, my first experience with this company.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Claire

I love this earl grey too, Donna. Harney has some great black tea blends.

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This is the last of the individually packaged tea bags I picked up on my mini-moon from the Cliffside Inn. Awww. :( I guess the mini-moon is officially over. Well, in reality it’s been over for weeks. LOL! The dry leaf aroma is strong oil of bergamot. That’s not my favorite way to flavor an earl grey, but I’m holding out hope. I saw a couple silver needle leaves in the sachet. What’s that about? Well, one way to find out!

Mmm, this is a smooth cuppa! I could probably drink it straight and enjoy it just fine. But with skim milk and Truvia, this is a really yummy tea! I’m unsure I can taste the soft flavor of the white tea amongst all this black tea and bergamot oil. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still very delicious! I just don’t know if the white tea is really contributing much in the blend. Overall, I’d rate this tea a success, seeing as my cup is empty. :P

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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LOL. Total Brain fart! I went to a Biggby’s Coffee shop with my sweetie after our late lunch/early dinner (Noodles and Co.) and ordered this as a Latte. Mmm it was pretty good. I never have had a tea latte before. It was very similar to drinking EG Cream, but significantly different….if that makes any sense;)
Drat…for whatever reason I started fiddling with the rating bar, so now I got to give a rating because now I can’t not do it….Grrrrrrrr. My only complaint about the tea latte, was that the medium I gotten was to much. I should of went with a small. Oh, they also sell H&S teas though not my current favorite, Tower of London, I wonder how that would turn out as a latte?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

If you edit your post, there’s actually a little “X” on the right(?) side of the ratings bar that you can use to remove your rating :)

Lynxiebrat

lol…for some reason I cannot successfully edit on this site with the tasting notes. the box shows up, but for some reason the done button appears to low on my screen and I cannot click on it. But, it’s mildly annoying and not that big of a deal. LOL…good, located the X to remove the rating…now tempted to do that with the rest of the teas I rated.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I ♥ Biggby’s. Their Hot Cinnamon Spice latte is v good too. And I love their coffee lattes.

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The Earl Grey tea that I measure all other Earl Greys against is my favorite (so far) from Rishi: http://steepster.com/teas/rishi-tea/5258-ancient-tree-earl-grey-organic-fair-trade. To me, that selection is the mother of all Earl Greys. It is strong, bursting with bergamot, and a complete, full-bodied, black tea blend. I was curious to see if this Harney & Sons offering could go the distance with Rishi.

When I opened the double-sealed sample packet, so kindly provided by ashmanra, the bergamot aroma immediately drew my attention. It was strong but not overwhelming.

I steeped the black leaves at 212 degrees for five minutes. I’m experimenting with five minutes for all black teas now. I like my tea to be potent in the morning as I need all the help I can get to shock myself out of the previous night’s slumber.

When my tea maker beeped completion, the bergamot aroma was much more subtle than I expected, particularly with five minutes of brewing at a boiling temperature. The smell was still pleasant. The color was a golden red.

With my first sip, the dominant taste was black tea. The flavor was nice, smooth, and malty, without bitterness, but I had difficulty sorting out the bergamot from the black tea attributes.

As the number of sips quickly multiplied, my tastebuds began to pinpoint the bergamot beneath the commanding black tea taste. It then occurred to me that the bergamot was not hidden behind the black tea flavors. The bergamot was so perfectly balanced with the black tea taste that it was actually fused into the overall tea flavor. Once I figured that out, my sleepy brain was able to separate the bergamot from the black tea when desired.

To sum this tea up, it did not dethrone my Rishi favorite, but it is tasty, smooth, and malty, without astringency. It would still be a great breakfast tea minus the bergamot.

If you like bergamot to slap you silly in your morning Earl Grey (like the aforementioned Rishi product), this tea may be a little too mild for you. However, if you can only tolerate bergamot when it is a quiet aspect of your cup, this selection will be a great choice. This Harney & Sons product will also be a winner if you prefer your bergamot intensity to fall somewhere between those extremes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Scatterbrain

Love Rishi’s EG!

Stoo

Me too! It’s the turbo Earl Grey!

ashmanra

Stoo: this one was getting a little age on it. I wonder if it has mellowed? Although I don’t find it as strong as their sachets of Imperial Earl Grey.

Stoo

Hi ashmanra!

It could also be that my tastebuds are getting a little age on them. I’m bringing the sachets of Imperial Earl Grey into the office tomorrow. That’s where I do my bagged tea drinking. I’m looking forward to trying them. Thanks again for the samples!

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My daughter brought this sample to me saying “I think you will like this EG”
I have tried it this morning and have decided that this must be what Picard was drinking on Enterprise. This is smooth, not perfumey(I am so glad, I hate drinking perfumed teas and I can’t imagine Picard liked perfume either:), the citrus notes are light and flavorful. This is like a cross between a mild EG and Blood orange Black: the base contains Ceylon(I am a huge fan of Ceylons) and the citrus notes are present(not as strong in this tea as the Blood Orange) but I do like it. My search may just be over for an EG. I have found a few others that I liked, but they were out of my price range due to shipping to the US.
I think if you really liked a traditional EG, you may not like this too much. But for me, it is the perfect ratio of everything. Now I can say “EG hot” and get a tea that is very much drinkable!
Thank you Mrawlins2 for the sample:)

Preparation
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gmathis

I have yet to find an Earl Gray that I can groove with, but this sounds like it could be the One!

JacquelineM

I love how you said “this must be what Picard was drinking on Enterprise.” !!!!!! I believe that, too!!!

threewhales

Thank you. Thank you very much as Elvis would say!
gmathis, try it, you may like it and the price point seems reasonable to me:)

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