The Earl Grey

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The story goes that Earl Grey, the Georgian prime minister, was given cases of this tea by a Chinese Mandarin. He liked it so much he brought it home and asked Twinings to recreate it for him.

Light, fragrant and with a distinctive bergamot and lemon flavour, our Earl Grey still has all the taste of the original, and we like to think it’s still the best.

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1878 tasting notes

My daughter’s fiancé brought this tea as a gift when he visited from Northern Ireland recently. He is a big fan of Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas. This is a loose leaf version.

The leaf is of medium size and the aroma when you open the inner pouch is so citrus-y and fresh. This smelled like oranges to me, though the box describes bergamot and lemony flavor. The aroma isn’t too strong and doesn’t have that bathroom cleaner acrid smell that I have found in one or two Earl Greys.

I let it steep for three minutes. I did not add milk or sugar to this one and I find it really doesn’t need anything. If you like milk and sugar I feel sure this tea could handle it. The bergamot is present and has a light, fresh aftertaste. If you love really strong bergamot this probably won’t do it for you, but I am finding it to be a very satisfying mid-morning pot of tea.

Stoo

Buttering up the future mother-in-law. Smart dude! :-)

ashmanra

Indeed! And it gets even better! He loves to play Scrabble. I grew up on Scrabble and my hubby and I enjoy playing. It is almost like we picked him ourselves! :)

K S

Is this different than the American version? I believe the US version says flavored rather than oil of bergamot. I like it anyway.

ashmanra

I am not sure if it is differ, KS. On the bottom it says “100% black tea, bergamot flavouring.” Under that it says, “Tea with the fragrant flavor of bergamot.” The box is definitely different from what I see as loose Earl Grey at my grocery store. And it is actually called “The Earl Grey” not just Earl Grey.

K S

They sell the black box Twinings locally but I did not know if there was a quality difference. According to this link there probably is http://www.foodbanter.com/tea/79498-twinings-uk-vs-twinings.html

ashmanra

I haven’t noticed the black box around here. The one they sell at our local grocery is a tin, and I believe it is yellow. I may have seen this packaging at A Southern Season, though, because it does seem familiar.

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A very nice bagged EG. I like to drink it with dinner. Perfectly balanced, and I think I’m getting licorice notes as well.

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I haven’t had one of these in a long, long time. They were the first tea bags that really got me interested in trying different varieties of tea, so I owe them something for where I am now. Anyway, I added some of these to my last Twinings order on a whim. I generally stay away from supermarket tea these days (with the exception of Twinings Whole Leaf Silky Pyraminds, because I think they’re pretty good, and some of their whole leaf loose teas), but it’a always nice to re-visit old friends.

So, yes. This is pretty much how I remember it. A nice strong tea base, and just the right amount of bergamot flavouring for me. I don’t like a lot of Earl Grey varieties because they have far too much bergamot, and I find that a bit “ick”. I like to taste the tea in my Earl Grey — that’s a bih part of the experience for me. There isn’t all that much to say about this — it’s just one of those teas you can rely on. Unexciting, butunchanging, good stuff. I might keep a few of these on hand in the future, just for those days when I need something reassuring. I’m not sure why it is, but this tea is always that to me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I enjoy this tea. It’s got a nice flavor, nothing artificial. I enjoy it with a touch of sugar, and milk (blasphemy, I know.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m really keen on this, thought I’d try it at home my way after having it at a friends. I find this to be citrusy but not too much and a good amount of bergamot. The teabag form is good when steeped for 4-5 mins, and I like mine with a bit of sugar and tea. A good little afternoon tea.

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I had a cup of this tea tonight while watching Downton Abbey (I have to stay true to my English roots, you know!) and it was surprisingly delightful. I will admit it… a few years ago someone gave me a bag of Earl Grey and I quickly tossed it after taking a whif of it. I’ve since heard a lot of good things about the tea and have decided to give it a try. The scent of the teabag & tea is very ‘peppery’ or ‘licorice-y’ (from the bergamot) but once it is steeped I find the taste to be very desirable. It has a pleasant hint of citrus to it that compliments the black tea (I took mine black tonight but I’ve heard that it is popular to add milk). I’m sure that I will return to this box in the near future. It is not something I’d drink every day but I most definitely do not regret trying it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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