Viennese Earl Grey

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While visiting tea friends in Vienna, Michael was introduced to a delightful version of Earl Grey. This Viennese style adds Darjeeling into the base blend before the Bergamot is added.

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So I thought Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme was on point, but this stuff rocked my world!!!

I received a shipment from H&S this week and this tea was included as part of my shipment. After being such a fan of the Earl Grey Supreme, I didn’t think it could get much better…boy was i wrong…the Viennese Earl Grey is simply FANTASTIC!

This tea is smooth, smooth, smooth! I must give credit where credit is due and the Darjeeling is definitely a major factor here, smoothing this tea out nicely. The bergmont is just right…pretty powerful when smelling it out of the tin, but just right in the tea. In my opinion the bergmont in a good Earl Grey should just be enough to wake the senses up a bit allowing you to enjoy the base and this tea hits the mark in that regard.

Overall, a nice smooth Earl Grey with a rich flavorful base, finished with th perfect touch of bergmont.

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71 tasting notes

Being new to loose leaf teas, yet obsessively trying new varieties all the time, I stayed clear of any Earl Greys because of my experience with cheap tea bags in the past.
I love darjeeling blacks and I’m slowly appreciating any quality Earl Greys.
This is a great choice. Nicely smooth and light with the Bergamot flavor makes this a perfect choice for me.
I’m looking forward to trying the other choices that Harney offers, because this left a nice impression

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Earl Grey was the first tea that wowed me. Until then, and for another couple years after, I drank tea only occasionally, and thought of it as something warm to drink that was hopefully pleasant tasting as well. I wasn’t a coffee drinker, so tea was sometimes just the default.

I remember my mom’s boxes of Constant Comment, stored conveniently above the microwave for easy access after zapping the water in her mug. Or at least that was the plan: discovering her mug in the microwave hours later or the next morning was a not infrequent occurrence. It was a hectic life.

In more recent years she became downright extravagant: cabinet stocked with a selection of flavored tea impulse buys from TJ Maxx, plus some Turkish mystery tea my sister brought over. She’d even fire up the stove to heat water in the kettle. At least when I’d take her up on her offer of tea. It still breaks my heart that if I declined, she’d skip it too. (Next time I visit, I’m bringing her a little electric kettle and some great teas to share.)

So, Earl Grey. Having tried a somewhat regular Earl Grey (Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme) and the two common variations (a lavender and a cream), I was still curious to try more. Hence this sample of Viennese Earl Grey (a Darjeeling base) and Winter White Earl Grey (Chinese Mutan White with bergamot).

These two teas surprised me in the same two ways: by being surprisingly successful in their blends and by teaching me that I am currently not much of a fan of bergamot. Softened with some milk or cream, sure. But I just don’t see adding milk to white tea or Darjeeling. And there is plenty to appreciate just as they are. I must applaud Harney’s blenders, since the many, many Harney flavored teas I’ve tried have all — yes, I think I can say all — have struck me as rather well done.

Smooth is not a characteristic I would generally apply to Earl Greys when taken straight. But smooth this is, even though the bergamot is prominent, and very well balanced so that the Darjeeling reveals itself also. I did reduce the steep time to 3 min, rather than Harney’s recommended 4-5, and then reduced it further to 2 min, but that is just my preference, to soften the bergamot and since I tend to like my black teas on the lighter side.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was a sample from my Steepster Secret Santa. I’m not a big earl grey person, but I don’t hate it. I’ve liked earl greys where there’s another flavor added in, like H&S Paris, which, to me is a fruity vanilla earl grey.

I surprisingly really liked this one. Steeped for 3 minutes, it had a nice citrus flavor….a bit more complex than just bergamot. The black base wasn’t anything special, but it was smooth. The bergamot was not too pronounced, more mild. It reminded me of the Twinnings Lady Grey that I used to like. Pretty good as a breakfast tea, actually.

Cameron B.

I tend to prefer milder earl greys also. :)

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I’ve gone through 4 tsp of this tea today. Absolutely cannot sit still. Send help for my coworkers.

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483 tasting notes

Steepster just ate my tribute note:(((

I found out about Mr. Harney passing last night. It is very sad news for our family. i started thinking about my first experience with H&S. It was Paris(of course). My oldest dd was in first grade( she is in 8th now) and one of the parents brought me a tin. she said just try. I was smitten. i was drinking Ceylon or Indian teas exclusively. And flavored teas were not as popular as now. And my obsession began. i used to order fr H&S by pounds to “save money”. But at that time i had only 8 teas in my cupboard.

Today I raise my cup to Mr.Harney with Viennese EG. i find i crave this tea almost every evening (blame ifjuly). its bold and smooth, not soapy. its just right.

Thank you Mr. Harney for making my tea journey a joy.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Lovely note, will add this one to my next order :-)


or i can send you some later;)


Like, in september? ;-)


yep, Sept. i saw your stash. love the idea. teapots are gorgeous.


The white and red teapot is Polish but for some reason, it always seemed Russian to me, so now it reminds me of you every time I look at it :-)


Omg, im honored. its simply gorgeous, i wish i could be just 1/16 gorgeous as this pot.


What is this none sense about comparing your own beauty to that of a teapot????


oh my gosh, i’ve been so out of the loop i had no idea he had passed away…how sad. but i love your log tributes to him! i miss you. i love coming back and reading your log. i hope your summer isn’t too crazy with the hormonal teenage girl drama. (:

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347 tasting notes

Another sample I grabbed in my last order. It was okay – a light feeling earl grey. I’ve had lighter tasting earl greys before but the taste of those were still substantial. The taste of this tea wasn’t strong enough for me.

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115 tasting notes

I have tried many Earl Greys, and this is one that should not be steeped for a full five minutes as recommended. The aroma is good, and the liquor is too. I am definitely buying more.

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242 tasting notes

I swear this has some green tea….perhaps its the Darjeeling thats still green, but I can see it floating in my tea strainer.
A bit different, more mello…I recommend it for a sampler to check it out.

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