Earl of Grey

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This unique blend takes traditional Earl Grey to the next level by combining the expected bergamot flavoring on full leaf black tea then adding the perfect proportions of other citruses, vanilla, licorice root, and mallow flowers. The result is a captivating aroma and a deep liquor with a well-balanced, smooth, bright, and slightly creamy flavor profile. This tea is for those who like to veer from tradition, explore new ground, and a must for those with fond memories of the orange-creamsicles of childhood. It is perfectly paired with strong cheeses and créme brulee.

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2185 tasting notes

Happy Year of the Dragon! Maybe I’ll celebrate with some Jasmine Dragon Pearls later today. But right now I need a tea to really perk me up because I am feeling mega blah this morning. Nasty, rainy weather, nonstop sneezing… I want to go back to bed. But I’m at work, so that’s not happening. :P

I can really smell all the citrus fruits in the dry leaf today… orange and grapefruit and lemon, along with the bergamot and creamy vanilla. I’m assessing this one to order with my groupon for this company to fill the current Earl Grey Cream hole in my cupboard. Ok, it’s not quite hole yet because I still have a small amount of my Earl Grey Cream from ESP Emporium, which I enjoy, but I might like this one better.

This is a really nice Earl Grey Cream. Citrusy and creamy, no bitterness or astringency. This would probably be a good one to keep around.

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weather is totally gross here too… ew


Earl Grey is a great bad weather tea :)


In Ecuador (Quito) it has been raining since Friday! Thankfully I like the rain. : )


hey it is nice here ….mid 50’s in late Jan…….AWESOME!

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3255 tasting notes

Thank you Bonnie for this sample!

I’m not a fan of bergamot. I enjoy the smell, but the taste tends to be acidic to me, which I don’t really care for. Tony, on the other hand, adores it, so I served this tea to him this morning.

While I was heating the water, I smelled the dry tea: It smells pretty heavenly, I’ll admit. Strongly reminiscent of Lemon Bars. They sell those at all the local coffee shops here, & if you haven’t had them, it’s basically lemon curd on a graham cracker crust, with powdered sugar sprinkled liberally over the top. I can’t eat such things, but one time I did bum a little tiny bite, just so I would get the experience, & let it melt in my mouth for as long as possible. Sheer heavenly decadence.

I also took a few sips of the tea before I delivered it to Tony. It was kind of interesting, a nice twist on the Earl. The bergamot is there, but not unpleasantly so, the vanilla-lemon curd taste is more up front. I handed him his tea & went on to savor my cup of Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend (I can’t wait to see what the winter version will be).

Tony’s comment regarding the tea: “It was ok, but it smelled too much like a pastry.”


You were right, it was like lemon pudding. I didn’t realize that there is something in it that I’m allergic to so I can’t get any more but I liked the lemon bar flavor.

Terri HarpLady

must be the licorice root, eh?


how can anything smell TOO MUCH like a pastry?

Terri HarpLady

That’s exactly what I was thinking! That pastry smell & taste becomes especially important when you’re gluten intolerant!
I find it also ironic that the rare earl grey that actually appeals to me a little doesn’t do it for him. Ah well…to each their own!

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4846 tasting notes

This is tasty. A little different as I hadn’t read the description of this tea before I steeped and took the first couple of sips, so I didn’t realize it was actually a twist on the classic Earl Grey and had other ingredients (vanilla and licorice root, most specifically). But I like these change-ups and am always interested in trying a new Earl Grey variation.

The licorice root was probably the most unusual ingredient I noticed in the description, as I can’t recall having tried an Earl Grey with licorice root in it before. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t, just means I can’t recall at the moment. But these two ingredients seem very well suited for one another. This doesn’t taste overwhelmingly licorice-y, it doesn’t really taste licorice-y at all. Instead, the licorice root seems to fill in the gaps and smooth the sharp tones of the bergamot just enough to create a very seamless taste.

Quite good, actually!


I’m not a big Earl Grey fan, but the additional licorice root makes it sound much more enticing! I will have to acquire…asap. :)


That’s good to know about the licorice root…I’m not a huge fan of the stuff. Thanks for the heads up.

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Backlogging tea of yesterday afternoon… (SRP #47)

This one is from Dinosara! Thank you for the chance to try this one.

I was not sure what to expect, but with Earl and Grey in the title, I thought it would be something I would enjoy. I steeped it up at least twice, and sipped it a few times, but it did not hold my interest for very long. I don’t think that is completely the fault of the tea. I was not expecting the prevalent notes of vanilla/cream and a perfumy version of bergamot. I think it is just slightly on the soapy side of floral. I am also not in a phase where I like vanilla much. Vanilla seems to be seasonal for me in that I appreciate it more in the cooler months. I am not rating this one as it was a poor choice for timing on my part and I should have at least saved the sample until Fall. As far as it being a cream version of Earl Grey, I do think it an interesting one. I am just leaning toward citrus and berry versions more and more in the warm months.

I am glad to have tried it, though. The perfumy bergamot is probably a deal breaker for me at this point even though it is light.

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I can concede that there is no lavender in the blend, but then that makes it the kind of bergamot that I don’t particularly care for. I will amend my review.

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Thank you Bo at The Tea Spot for this Sample Tea!

Breakfast 32oz pot of tea for my Saturday morning!

Hard to believe it but out of my huge cupboard full of tea…I only 1 Earl Grey Tea! This tea presented a perfect opportunity to expand my Earl Grey experience.

Lets just jump right to the taste…

This tea tastes like lemon cream pudding! Creamy slightly vanilla lemon milky creamy pudding!
I kid you not! Really it does. I can taste the bergamot in the tea in a non-overwhelming way but I am so in love with the creamy pudding that who cares about the bergamot!
There is supposed to be licorice in this blend too. Oh really? Wherever it is must be taking the bite off the bergamot…you know the usual tang or bite that can make it a bit harsh. Well that’s not happening here. The licorice is not a distinct flavor but mellows out the bergamot.

I really like this tea! The lemon pudding took me off guard! I want this in my cupboard forever!

Gotta go…drinking…wanting more and more….so good….


Oh my goodness this sounds amazing. 32oz pot huh, Ummm, I’ll be right over to help you drink it. You can show me main street USA afterwards and I’ll buy you a cup in Walt’s office. lol. Don’t I wish.


It’s true! There’s still the firepole inside the teahouse. Next door is a book shop in what was the other part of the firehouse (you can walk through from tea shop to book store)so you can see the whole thing clearly. There’s an apartment upstairs just like Walts office. What a hoot. I’ve been all over the U.S. and this is a cool place.

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My dear Steepsterites.

Let it be known to those who have not worked it out already that Earl Grey is really not among my favourite types and that the ones that I have actually appreciated rather than just drunk are few and far between. I just don’t really care that much for bergamot, it’s such a dark and dusty flavour. It tastes so old.

This however is Monday’s Sample Week tea, and I’m sharing it with the boyfriend who has returned home from the wild abroads and brought with him our new kettle. No more messing about with saucepans, yay! It has little blue lights, five different settings, a keep warm function and temperatures and amounts written on it in two different units. And it goes beep when the water is boiling.

Anyway, the tea. It’s the first tea we’re having with the new kettle, and it was the first sample that I found in the basket which fit the criteria for Sample Week and the size of the pot needed for two people.

It has a surprisingly sweet aroma after brewing. It smells like some kind of lemon-y pudding. Creamy and sweet and not at all like an EG. Oh you won’t see me complaining here! It actually makes me really very hopeful about it.

Upon tasting my hopes are not dashed. On the contrary I discover to my surprise that for an EG this is not half bad. It’s pretty good actually!

In the flavour I can identify the bergamot, but there are other flavours going on as well, so I don’t really get that grey and old feeling from it. It’s like Earl Grey in his earliest youth, galloping about the gardens on a stick pony with his pockets full of frogs and bits of string. Maybe a scraped knee as well.

The creamy sweetness noticed in the aroma is there, tasting sort of pudding-y or slightly cake-y, and then there’s a strong note of some kind of citrus fruit. I can see PattiM suggested pink grapefruits when posting about it, and I agree with that. I eat a lot of pink grapefruits, and tasting this tea seems very similar to the flavour of a good, juicy grapefruit.

This is summerly and fresh, not so heavy and lumbering as your average regular Earl Grey. This one, I like.


I have to say your words are more intriquing that my instinct to ever drink earl grey…


It was a gift tea. :) I always give gift teas a go, even when they’re not a type I’m normally a fan of, because once in a while I find awesome surprises like this one.


I totally appreciate that….and I’m grateful because your words inspire even the most reluctant to give even Earl grey another try :)

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Reminds me more of a Lady Grey tea than a traditional Earl Grey – definite citrus notes in the tea and the bergamot is not overly strong. One of my favorite “everyday teas,” and I’ve bought refills from their website a few times now. (And it comes with free samples and speedy shipping!)

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787 tasting notes

Okay. Tea tumbler try. And I’m really impressed with how smooth this Earl Grey can be. It is deeply satisfying. That is all.

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45 tasting notes

Found this tea to be very flavorful, fruity with hints of vanilla. I like it better as a iced tea.

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328 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell like pink grapefruit. Infusion has a cookie-like scent with grapefruit sneaking in. Taste is pleasantly citrusy—lighter and brighter than other Earls.

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