Earl Grey Imperial

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bergamot, Citrusy
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “ A nice classic Earl Grey. I find that I like the bergamont that Harney uses much more than others I've come across thus far. Medium strength, preferring this blend without milk. Solid black...” Read full tasting note
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    Starfish 89 tasting notes
  • “I used this as the base for my London Fog tonight, and hubby - who is very picky about his tea and only likes about three different ones - liked it! I made a pot of this tea and added some...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1825 tasting notes
  • “So, for a week, I couldn't find my metal infuser and I was incredibly frustrated. I finally caved and bought myself a new one on Amazon, plus some Harney & Sons consolation that I had been wanting...” Read full tasting note
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    tabby 474 tasting notes
  • “Relogging. *Rabs* knew which Earl Grey B&N SBUX Cafes use so I am transferring my tealog to the correct tea. This tealog occurred the afternoon before the previous tealog. *Alicia* suggested I...” Read full tasting note
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    chrine 545 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

Black tea with lemony bergamot.

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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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89 tasting notes

A nice classic Earl Grey. I find that I like the bergamont that Harney uses much more than others I’ve come across thus far. Medium strength, preferring this blend without milk. Solid black base, slightly malty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

Totally hate tea ninjas. I have certain teas that I hide from family members/guests, not to be rude but because I don’t want it all to go missing while I’m not looking :P

Alphakitty

They went through a whole tin without asking? How rude!

Miss Starfish

My issue was the lengths they went to, to hide everything. I would have been happy to open it and share if they had asked. Oh well.

Kittenna

I feel like I missed something here….. O.o

Miss Starfish

Yeah, I removed the negativity from my review. I had some house guests who opened my tin of this without asking, and went through all but one bag, while purposefully hiding that they were doing so. I don’t understand why they felt the need to be sneaky, but figured people who were looking up tasting notes for Earl Grey Imperial didn’t need to hear me rant ;)

Kittenna

Ahh. I am not nearly as thoughtful as you! That would drive me crazy, btw! I’m lucky that nobody steals my tea here (granted, it is in my room, which is technically off-limits to my roomies).

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1825 tasting notes

I used this as the base for my London Fog tonight, and hubby – who is very picky about his tea and only likes about three different ones – liked it! I made a pot of this tea and added some Sucanat, vanilla, and milk. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling

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474 tasting notes

So, for a week, I couldn’t find my metal infuser and I was incredibly frustrated. I finally caved and bought myself a new one on Amazon, plus some Harney & Sons consolation that I had been wanting for a long time. The day after I ordered it, yes, I found my damn infuser. Of course.

Anyway, I’m still very happy to have this pretty blue tin in my cupboard. I popped it open and it smelled amazing. Strong! Peppery! Lemony! The bergamot isn’t as strong as their Earl Grey Supreme, but it’s still definitely the dominant flavor. This is a perfect standard for Earl Grey. Not too bitter, not too astringent, on a satisfying black and oolong blend. And also not so heavy on bergamot that your mouth goes numb.

Again, about the bergamot, Harney and Sons have set a bar for me. They use this Italian bergamot that just makes other blends taste cheap to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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545 tasting notes

Relogging. Rabs knew which Earl Grey B&N SBUX Cafes use so I am transferring my tealog to the correct tea. This tealog occurred the afternoon before the previous tealog.

Alicia suggested I try making a London Fog with A&D’s Earl Grey a few days ago. Some googling revealed what this was and also that it was a popular drink at Starbucks. Yesterday I happened to be browsing the Barnes & Noble with my friend Abbi and decided to try one there when we decided we needed beverages to browse with.

I think this was the Harney & Sons tea pyramid tea bag that was used in it. I got it with 2% milk and it was quite hot but drinkable after I let it sit for an appropriate amount of time so it could steep. I left the tea bag in the entire time and I could tell the tea was strong and well-caffeinated. I could taste the earl grey (good strong black and good citrus) and the vanilla and it was creamy. A nice alternative to a coffee drink while at the B&N.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Rabs’ comment, also transferred from the incorrect tea.

Rabs I’ve only worked at 2 B&N cafes so the selection could be different at yours, but we had the Imperial EG and not the Supreme. If you’re looking for extra tea tins and are a frequent customer at a B&N cafe, then you could ask the cafe manager to have your name & phone # held so that when they empty a tea tin they could call you to pick it up (instead of throwing it out). :D

I’m also glad that you enjoyed your first London Fog :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks, Rabs. I tried some googling but I couldn’t readily find out which one B&N SBUX Cafes carried. I knew it was sachets in tins so I looked on the Harney & Sons website and narrowed it from that.

Rabs

You’re welcome — glad that I could be of help! :) If anyone has B&N cafe or old school Borders cafe questions, then I’m a font of knowledge. Starbucks I only worked at for 6 months, so I just know the basics. ;)

SoccerMom

Chrine, B & N uses extremely hot water for tea! I had some Harney and Sons green tea and I only steeped if for about 1 minute because the water was so hot!!

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33 tasting notes

Woke up this morning an hour before the alarm went off due to an unwelcome phone call. Decided to turn the first morning in our new house into something better. So while my husband assembles the dog kennel in the rain, I am making waffles and steeping a cup of this tea. The tea bags smell lovely, almost like an Earl Grey cologne. I will be honost, I bought it because I want to plant my herb garden in tea tins, and the empty ones go for as much on ebay as the full ones do on Amazon, so I figured, hey, why not get some tea out of the deal as well.
The liquor smells like a black tea, and I can just get a hint of the bergamot in the background.
Added some milk and sugar. Quite a tasty cuppa. Not the best Earl Grey I have had, but nowhere near the worst. I don’t mind that I have 29 more pyramid teabags of this to drink in order to use the tin as a planter!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

Nice idea about using the tin as a planter! May I steal it? :)

Kittenna

Cute idea!

Tegan Fyretyde

I stole the idea (saw it on pinterest), so of course. I thought it was a brilliant way to reuse the tin.

JacquelineM

Thanks! :) I’ll earmarking my Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Classic tin for this purpose since it has one of those “paint can” lids, and is really pretty looking:

http://www.fortnumandmason.com/p-6880-earl-grey-classic-125g-tin.aspx

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1066 tasting notes

While sipping Harney & Sons Earl Grey Imperial side-by-side with Wissotzky Imperial Earl Grey, I find it hard even to tell them apart. However, after swallowing there is a slight difference. I still feel that the Harney & Sons is a bit tannic in the back of my throat (as I found in comparing this sachet side-by-side with Harney & Sons’ own Earl Grey Supreme). Now I’m going to have to do a steep-off between Wissotzky Imperial and Harney & Sons Supreme!

I do believe that both of these are solid Earl Grey offerings. And Harney & Sons wins the packaging competition hands down!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Here’s some speed reviewing of a quick cup of tea I had today. I received a few tea bags of this selection to try. Thank you, ashmanra! I had only a few minutes to gulp one down while at the office. Here are my results:

o The tea bags were impressive. They were strong like nylon, large, and pyramid shaped.
o I couldn’t smell bergamot in the unbrewed bag.
o I steeped the tea for about five minutes in boiling water.
o The color was golden brown in my paper cup.
o The flavor was medium-strength, pleasant, malty, slightly sweet, and without bitterness, but I could barely taste the bergamot.
o Did I like it? Yes, but I would like to try this blend in a real cup and in loose leaf to see if the bergamot is less shy.

And that ends this tasting note moment.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I got this in a 30 sachet tin at the Barnes & Noble last summer and oh I’m so happy they’re in sachets! It makes mornings like these so much easier.
I haven’t had Earl Grey in so long, so I’ve got a cup of that right now as I study.
Oh the studying does not end :/

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108 tasting notes

A very nice cup of Earl Grey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Indeed it is! I use this one for making London Fogs. I also love love love their Supreme Earl Grey. Ahh….

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11 tasting notes

Tea gives off a gentle lemony/bergamont aroma, the black base is shining through. The taste has notes of lemon, a good black base, and possibly some peppery notes.

Notes from first tasting:
No milk or sugar, was a little bit too bitter so I will have to play around with steeping time and milk/sugar.

Notes from second tasting:
I added milk and half a teaspoon of sugar, delicious. The milk covers up the lovely aroma, but the bergamont is still there in the taste and there isn’t even a hint of bitterness. Superb.

The bergamont is not as strong as I was expecting, quite a delight. I find the bergamont used is a lot more palatable than most.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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