Diamond Jubilee

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Bergamot, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Tart
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Edit tea info Last updated by SimplyJenW
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 9 oz / 275 ml

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46 Tasting Notes View all

  • “Tea of the afternoon..... Of course I could not resist this one. Part of the whole reason for my horrible experience trying to order online with a long standing English company over the holidays...” Read full tasting note
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    SimplyJenW 974 tasting notes
  • “Y-U-M! I am tasting a lemon drop Earl Grey Supreme. I know this is supposed to be grapefruit essence, but I taste a sweet, delightful lemony flavor plus all the flavors I know and love from EGS....” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “A friend came to tea at my house, got hooked on tea, and just had me order a huge box from Harney and Sons for her! Today it was my turn to be Invited to tea, as I delivered her new stash. She...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1845 tasting notes
  • “I am neither a huge fan of Earl Grey nor of citrusy teas. However, despite both those things being present, this is hitting the spot today! The black tea predominates and the other stuff just...” Read full tasting note
    gmathis 1736 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

This special edition tea has been created in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (1952-2012) and her accession to the throne 60 years ago.
The tea is a bespoke blend which includes the Queen’s favourite, earl grey tea, plus black teas, lemony bergamot and grapefruit essences.

About Harney & Sons View company

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.

46 Tasting Notes

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974 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon…..

Of course I could not resist this one. Part of the whole reason for my horrible experience trying to order online with a long standing English company over the holidays was for their Diamond Jubilee Tea. When Harney posted about their blend, I immediately ordered as I was getting painfully low on Paris. Of course, I am very pleased with this.

First of all, the tin is so elegant. I love the muted color tones they chose. Pale aqua, cream, gold, and a muted berry tone. Beautiful. I opened the tin and was immediately drawn to the scent of grapefruit paired with bergamot. The bergamot is light with the addition of sweet grapefruit. For those of you who are fans of Earl Grey Supreme, it is like EGS with a grapefruit kicker. Perfectly lovely. All I can think of that would make this tea more wonderful, is if it came in loose leaf. Please, Mr. Harney?

12 oz filtered water at boiling, 4 minutes, lightly sweetened.

Edit to add: I will no longer lament the loss of a refill of Countess Grey. This is so much better!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

It sounds very appropriate for the Queen!

ashmanra

Better than Countess Gray? Exciting!

Azzrian

I love grapefruit and enjoy an EG – I should try this someday!

Nicole

I am so excited to try mine! It arrived today but I promised my Mother that I would wait for her tomorrow at the tea party!! I love the tin and it smells wonderful. I agree as well about the loose leaf option. I wish it wasn’t bagged but oh well. :)

ashmanra

I just had to for the first time and it is delicious! I have to send some to my daighter’s BF in Northern Ireland. He loves Lady Grey, he will love this I am sure.

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1112 tasting notes

Y-U-M! I am tasting a lemon drop Earl Grey Supreme. I know this is supposed to be grapefruit essence, but I taste a sweet, delightful lemony flavor plus all the flavors I know and love from EGS. I’m crazy for it! The extra bit of citrus definitely gives this tea pizazz, and the usual quality tea leaves from EGS are always a welcome treat. I love those silver tips!

I got the sachets for the beauteous tin, but if Harney starts offering this in the one pound bag size, that is the way I will purchase it. I have no complaints about the sachets, though.

I’m on my second steep, and it’s still flavorful and citrusy. I think I’ll make a third one and cool it for an afternoon iced tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

They do! I already have mine, and had them make a lack and gold tin for it prelabeled and it was only $1.25 extra!

JacquelineM

Huzzah! I think this blend has just become my favorite classic Earl! (I’m looking for a new Earl Grey Creme by the way, if anyone has suggestions.)

ashmanra

I agree. I didn’t think anything was going to beat EGS but this may have done it! We should ask Michael to blend an Earl Grey Cream! Come on, everybody! :)

Rabs

Ooooo! I’m adding this to my shopping list! I just need to sip more of my cupboard down first.

Rabs

Hmmm…special edition…I may need to buy sooner rather than later…

ashmanra

Rabs: from what Michael said I think this one is sticking around for a while. You might want to ask just to be sure.

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1845 tasting notes

A friend came to tea at my house, got hooked on tea, and just had me order a huge box from Harney and Sons for her! Today it was my turn to be Invited to tea, as I delivered her new stash.
She mentioned that she is going out of town and is rather distressed because she needs her good tea but doesn’t have any teabags to take traveling.

Well, voila! I happened to bring this sample with me in case she wanted to try one more new thing.
This tea only comes in sachets right now, other than the loose leaf sample. If she liked it, we would simply order again and get her the tin of sachets!

This was absolutely delicious! I wonder if this is really just Earl Grey Supeme (my favorite Earl from Harney) with grapefruit flavor added? The bergamot is very light, as in VERY light. My friend and her daughters all loved it, and apparently so did her beagle, who kept trying to get the envelope out of my purse!

Is it too soon to start begging Michael Harney to make it available loose leaf? We will even accept it by the pound, right? And maybe people can order it by the ounce from the Millerton shop? Russel, can you make puppy dog eyes at him for us? Thanks!

SimplyJenW

Oh, yes! I want this loose leaf!

ashmanra

To Facebook we go! To let Michael know! We begs and we pleads, until he concedes!
We…want…our….prreee-cious!

SimplyJenW

Nice verse!

ashmanra

Thank you! Tea inspires us, precious….

JacquelineM

I am shocked-
This tea is out of stock!
I cry and I cry,
I lament “WHY?”
I wanted to order
Now I feel like I’m in Mordor

(he hee I even got Lord of the Rings in it to pay tribute to YOUR poem ashmanra!!!)

ashmanra

We loves it, precious! JacquelineM hits the nail on the head again! :)

gmathis

OK, poets, you win … I was trying to work something about hairy hobbit feet into something amusing and what little brains I have left after a wicked workday have just melted into a puddle.

ashmanra

LOL! That’s okay, G! Next time…

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1736 tasting notes

I am neither a huge fan of Earl Grey nor of citrusy teas. However, despite both those things being present, this is hitting the spot today! The black tea predominates and the other stuff just attends the reception.

Another light and springy picker-upper for charter members of the I Hate January club.

Nicole

I am sooo a member of that club.

gmathis

I do not own n-e-a-r-l-y enough annoying yellow sweaters to get me through January and February.

ashmanra

Three days of gray sky, low clouds, and intermittent rain. If I don’t see the sun tomorrow I just may scream.

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4449 tasting notes

Thank you to Em for sending this to me in my holiday swap package! This is one that I’ve had on my shopping list and I’ve wanted to try! So happy that I finally get to do just that!

I really like this … I love that the black tea base tastes very rich and flavorful, and the crisp, vibrant flavor of the citrus lightens this richness just enough. It’s a lovely marriage of flavors. I’m almost surprised that I like this as much as I do, because this is a bit more tart than I usually like a tea to be, but, it all just works together so well.

Thanks again, Em!

Em

My pleasure :) I was excited that I had a tea on your shopping list!

gmathis

I have a couple swapped bags of this - don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, sounds like I need to get on with trying this!

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447 tasting notes

Brewed this just short of boiling (i.e. some steam/vapor but no whistling happening with the kettle), one teaspoon to 8 oz. This is possibly the best-smelling EG I’ve tried: I love the smell of grapefruit and this is gentle and slightly sweet. It mixes with the bergamot well. I’m also close to sipdown with this one! About one cup left, and I’ll be sad to see it go.

This tea sparkles. Not literally of course, but something about the feeling of it reminds me of drinks like ginger ale. It’s really refreshing while also feeling like some kind of special treat. There’s no bitterness to it at all, which is surprising because grapefruit is one of those things I rarely like because of the bitterness. I’m really glad I took a chance on this sample with my last order! Upping the rating.

TeaTiff

I just ordered 2oz of this on Friday. Reading this tasting note makes me very eager for it to get here:)

bluebelle

I hope you like it! Whenever I let myself order things again it’s on my list.

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I’ve been asked by a friend of mine to bring a cheesecake tomorrow for lunch and I don’t feel like I have the strength to prepare it…so I have some pressure as I cannot spoil it …she thinks I am a good cheesecake cooker…not sure to be really today.

I am ill today and I was searching for a good starter to push me to make this cake…I need a comforting tea and remembered Nicole sent me this one a long time ago and I never had it …shame on me !
This is a lovely kind of Lady Grey. I have to recognize that I was expecting something stronger especially as it is a blend dedicated to the British Queen and remembering the English teas experience I had I’ve been surprised by the lightness of Diamond Jubilee.
Anyway this medium bodied tea is absolutely pleasant with its notes of lemon mainly and of course grapefruit which gives the blend a touch just a touch of tartness very welcome.
Next time I’ll let it steep a bit longer to see if the tea base can come out a little stronger.

Thank you Nicole for sharing

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

I hope you feel better! And I hope the cheesecake comes out delicious!

TheTeaFairy

Hello my dear French cousin! So sorry to read about your illness…Just do the best you can, I’m sure your friend will appreciate it no matter what, knowing you love and effort into it. Get well soon :-)

Ysaurella

thank you Terri and my Canadian cousin ! I managed not too bad with paracetamol and my cheesecake is done, it is actually in the oven. Hope I just won’t burn it now ;)

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518 tasting notes

I received a bit of this from my swap with Josie Jade. Thanks a lot! This one is unexpectedly tasty! I’ve been having a lot of lackluster experiences with earl greys lately and I sort of thought of this tea as a fancied up earl. Not to mention that I’ve not been enjoying black teas so much lately in general. So I wasn’t expecting too much. I was totally surprised to like this one a lot.

First of all the dry tea is interesting. Black CTC leaves with a few long silver needle leaves scattered in. I didn’t know there would be white tea in this. The fresh citrusy scent is also super appealing. None of that fakey furniture polish smelling stuff that I had been drinking. It’s lighter than just bergamot, which I will attribute to the lemon and grapefruit. The tea itself is brisk and medium bodied. Just very enjoyable all around. I had wanted to try using coconut milk as a creamer in this tea, but it tastes so good plain that I didn’t want to add anything. But then I reasoned that I could add coconut milk to my first steep and have the second steep plain. And I have to say, coconut milk, while giving less of a thick texture, is perfectly tasty, if a bit distracting.

In conclusion, this is a blended black tea I would not mind having more of. Which is highly unusual for me as I prefer chinese blacks. British style teas tend to be interchangeable for me. I’m glad I’ve found the exception.

ashmanra

I believe this is their Earl Grey Supreme with grapefruit flavor added. I have both teas and the leaves look identical. EGS is my favorite Earl Grey, so I knew I would like this as well.

Josie Jade

Yay, glad you like it! :)

Donna A

EGS is my favorite Earl Grey too, and I really enjoy Diamond Jubilee.

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1990 tasting notes

SimplyJenW spoils me, sending me so many tea samples. :) This was a surprise inclusion to my sample of the Dammann Fréres Earl Grey. Thanks for sending it along!

So despite the fact that I love a lot of Harney blends, and some of my favorite teas are Harney teas, I have never been too keen on their Earls. Way too light in the bergamot department, and at least the last time I had them I didn’t care for the bases. I’ve tried several different varieties to no avail, so we’ll see how this one fares! The dried leaf at least smells nice and citrusy.

Well I have to say that I definitely enjoy this one. It is definitely a lightly flavored tea, but the citrus is nice and fruity, and it seems to be a good blend of a faint bergamot with other citrus. I’m not sure if I just like this particular base, or if through my newfound appreciation of unflavored black teas I have come to enjoy the base they use for their Earls in general. Is it enough to make me revisit their other Earls? Perhaps, but like I said they’re all really delicately flavored and when I want an Earl, I want bergamot in a big way, so I doubt they’ll ever top my list in that department.

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

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771 tasting notes

Made this one as a cold brew. Brewed for about 26 hours. It is very strong bergamot. There is definitely a lemon taste (like lemon juice) and I get a peppery taste that you get with the rind of a grapefruit. I am super happy with this one hot or cold.

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