Earl Grey

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot, Black Tea
Flavors
Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earth, Floral, Malt, Nuts, Wood, Honey, Perfume, Cloves, Dark Wood, Orange Zest, Orange, Astringent, Bitter, Green, Lemon Zest, Dark Bittersweet, Vanilla, Butterscotch, Guava
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Amanda
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 oz / 250 ml

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  • “I found a recipe for Earl Grey lemonade and it made me curious. It has been very hot here recently and I have been drinking a fair amount of half-tea, half-lemonade that my fiance’s mother...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have one more bag of this. I used to drink this often and loved it. Now I am finding it kind of meh. I hate it when the classics don’t quite live up to the memory.” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is another tea I bought, mainly because I like Earl Grey. It is really one of my favorite [fruit flavored] teas. Surprisingly, I haven’t had all that many different brands of it, nor do...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am kind of confused by the myriad of Earl Greys that Twining’s seems to offer. I am now in Heathrow Airport (London) on my way to Madagascar and I had a bagged EG that wasn’t the...” Read full tasting note
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From Twinings

Fine black tea expertly blended with the citrus fruit flavor of bergamot, a citrus fruit.

“Twinings has been blending my family tea for years. Today, I am proud to continue this tradition with the tea celebrated throughout the world known as Twinings Earl Grey. Legend has it that my ancestor, the second Earl Grey, was presented with this exquisite reciep by an envoy on his return from China. -The sixth Earl Grey” (Dec. 2015)

To savour the full flavour of our teas, bring water to boil, and pour over the tea as soon as it reaches boiling. Over-boiling will cause oxygen to be reduced, making the tea taste “flat”. Brew 2-4 minutes or to desired taste.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Bergamot Flavouring

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2163 tasting notes

This brings me back to my childhood – we always had Red Rose, Twinings Earl Grey, and Peppermint teas in the house. I loved to horrify my father (still do!) by putting milk in this one. :D

So while this is a very furniture-polishy, tooth-squeaky type of tea, it’s also something I love because I used to drink it all the time.

I have a feeling this came from MissB, when she was in London. Thanks so much!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Alyssa

Weird! I’ve nearly always drank my earl grey with a little milk. Does he despise it terribly? Then again, I guess that reminds me of my mom and her aversion to coffee with sugar in it.

Anlina

Earl Grey is one of the teas I most love with milk.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. He is just grossed out by milk + citrus I think. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him have an Orange Julius either, and that was another childhood staple for me!

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58 tasting notes

Delightful! It’s like drinking a bowlful of flowers, without the annoyance of having to pull stamens from your teeth.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Honey, Perfume

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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I have stayed away from Earl Grey previously because I’m not big on flavored teas, but it was inevitable that I’d get sucked into this classic sooner or later. I would prefer less bergamot flavor, as the flavor is stronger than the Teavana Earl Grey I had a few days ago. However, I didn’t like the Teavana Earl Grey until the second cup, so I’m guessing that this one will grow on me as well. I’m apparently very easily satisfied when it comes to tea, which is good for me…new additions all the time!

Mookit

I find Twinnings teas to be decent overall! Pretty good quality budget tea. :)

Mike

Definitely! Ahmad, Twinings and Foojoy are my favorites for quality teas for great prices!

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11 tasting notes

My favorite earl grey sold in teabags (as opposed to loose leaf)

Flavors: Bergamot, Cloves, Dark Wood, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So this is the tea that started it all for me. My entire life I got used to drinking supermarket tea and was fine with that…until I tried this one. This is technically a supermarket tea, but definitely higher on the shelf than your standard Lipton’s and Tetley Teas. The aroma from this is just the most pleasantly soothing smell I’ve ever experienced. The bergamot is very pronounced and warm and comforting. The taste is, well, also warm and comforting. I drink this normally without any cream or sugar, but when I’m feeling like I need a special treat, I will make a London Fog out of this and it is just absolutely amazing. Do try it! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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59 tasting notes

The workhorse of my tea world. This is without a doubt my favorite grocery store Earl Grey. The flavor is light with a hint of citrus and lacking the bitterness I associate with grocery store brands.

Flavors: Citrus

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4 tasting notes

This is my favorite from Twinings, the aroma is amazing. I really enjoy the citrus smell of the Bergamot fruit. I brew this in both teabags and loose leaf. I enjoy them both, the teabags are more convenient for carrying in your pocket. I usually take one with me to work and have it during my break since they only offer coffee. This is definitely perfect for daily consumption, great flavor and it wont break the bank. :)

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Orange

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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A coworker/friend of my husband’s is staying with us for a short period of time until he gets his new apartment. He doesn’t drink coffee, and apparently loves steeped tea from Tim Horton’s and all I have for tea is loose leaf greens/herbals. So I decided to pick up a variety pack from Wal-Mart of different black teas from Twinning’s (it came in a 20 tea bag variety where as other black teas were told in 72 tea bag varieties… I only drink black tea on occasion and there is no way I’m going to go through that much black tea before it goes stale).

So, I was at work and my loose leaf green tea spilled out of my tea filter on the inside of my purse so I decided to steal one of the earl grey tea bags. I know I over steeped it a little bit (probably for around 3 min) when I would have preferred it being less than 1 min. Either way it’s still decent: good amount of bergamot and not too astringent. I can only drink this on occasion due to a sensitive stomach, but it’s a nice “treat” when I can. Still not as good as loose leaf of course, but decent for a bagged tea. And its good to keep around for company as well :).

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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39 tasting notes

Grocery store teas often deserve more credit than they are sometimes granted by those who graduate to better teas. Are there better Earl Grey teas out there? You bet. Is this, when doctored up a bit with some cream and sugar, a reasonable tasty beverage? It is.

Disclaimer out of the way, this Earl Grey has just enough of a (vaguely lemon’ish) bergamont to carry a single steep in a small cup. After that you’re left with a one-note black with very little aroma and too much astringency.

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I’ve been on a bit of an earl grey kick this week, so I decided to give this one a try at work. It was pretty much your generic grocery store earl grey: mild black base and weak bergamot flavor. On the plus side, I’m not noticing any bitterness or astringency. This is drinkable, but not something I’d reach for again. I definitely prefer Twinings’ Lady Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot

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

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