Lady Grey

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 12 oz / 342 ml

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From Twinings

“A refreshing, light black tea with the distinctive citrus fruit flavor of bergamot to deliver an uplifting tea with vibrant aroma and zesty flavors of orange and lemon. Lady Grey Tea is a unique blend from Twinings…[with a] gentle citrus flavor that is both relaxing and refreshing. It is perfect in the morning with breakfast or for afternoon tea. Enjoy it with a little milk, or with sweetener, or to your liking.”

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390 Tasting Notes

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328 tasting notes

I love this tea, it is my go to tea, which I always buy and rebuy. I am not particularly fond of earl grey, any earl grey, but this works so perfectly for me. It is also a great tea to serve non-tea lovers, almost invariably they love it.

I have drunk this from the black box british teabags, the european (rest of europe that is) blue box teabags and the european (or perhaps rest of the world) blue tin loose. It will sound heretical but I think I enjoyed the teabags best. One warning, i think this is one tea which particularly fades with age particularly, don´t stockpile it, buy as recent as possible to consume. I thought the british (black box) teabags were stronger but that the continental (blue) teabags are more aromatic. I love it in any incarnation.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Uniquity

Terrible news for someone who just bought a 50 pack of it…
Our independent grocer has 5 or 6 different Twinings teas that they carry 50 count boxes of, and I couldn’t resist!

cteresa

Oh, even the black british box is (IMO) sublime! And I am not really sure if the variations in taste are not a) subjective or b) different batches and all that or c) likely freshest, newest tea is more vivid and older (obviously) has lost more taste.

50 bags of Lady Grey in my house do not last very long, do enjoy! And maybe you will like better the british than the blue kind!

Uniquity

Is that the difference? That’s exciting, then! The British box was far more cost efficient than the blue box. I do love the taste, but I tend to drink caffeinated tea sparsely, only once or twice a day at most, and preferably not at all. I think I need to split some of this tea between home and work to make sure it is all enjoyed while ‘fresh’ : )

cteresa

This is just subjective but I think the british box is slightly more tanninic, “stronger” – so maybe less brewing time.
The british box also has those loose little paper teabags so I think the tea ages a faster. The non-british box has the tea in little paper envelopes, which while not ideal are better than the british box – also pricier obviously. And do enjoy, I think it is a brilliant tea.

Uniquity

I’m a sucker for those little paper envelopes – Possibly because it just makes it so easy to toss in my bag for emergency tea.

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1816 tasting notes

We’re at the beach for a week, and I don’t have my usual teas, teapots, kettle, etc. I almost brought them but thought I shouldn’t risk my teapots and didn’t want to use up so much room! I settled for buying the Twinings assortment at a grocery store, with a promise to myself that anywhere and everywhere we go to shop I will look for some special .tea.

This Lady Grey isn’t bad! I added a little sugar. It will do in a pinch, until I get home to my favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Serendipitea

To really boost the flavour try mixing 8 – 10 drops of Orange Essential Oil into a fresh tin, then resealing for a couple of weeks before drinking .. Lots of my ‘gumboot/plain’ tea drinking visitors comment on how good it is and go on to buy some since they can get it cheap and locally :)

ashmanra

I may try that! These are bags, but I suppose closed in a tin they would still absorb it. It sounds good!

KeenTeaThyme

I normally don’t care for Earl Grey teas, but this is one I really enjoy. I’ll definitely have to try Serendipitea’s tip. :)

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55 tasting notes

My Grandma served this to me last night (in bag form). I was completely amazed that it was this good! I’m going to order some loose online now to compare. I loved that the orange and lemon had a nice light balance. In the meantime I picked up some bagged from Target and have made 3 cups already.

BTW – has anyone seen that Target now carries Harney and Sons in tins!!!

Josie Jade

Oh my goodness, I haven’t seen that Target has Harney’s, but I will check the next time I am in Target. I hope my small little town has it, that would be wonderful!

darby

It’s so cool…they had like 6-8 different ones! I got green tea with Thai flowers

Claire

Woah, Target has Harney?! I wonder what the SF store has…

fermataleaf

Yep. I bought a ginger tisane from Harney a while back at Target. I couldn’t believe it either.

Kasumi no Chajin

Another road trip is in order then…

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33 tasting notes

A small praise for a loyal companion.

Keeps me from bumping into walls, doors and other people in the morning and effectively makes one consider the pros and cons about having the possible outcome of a burned hand when rushing around with a hot cup.
Keeps the priorities in check – no tea no function.
Forces my brain awake when steeped illegally long.
Kindly cooperated when had to print offset lithography for twelve hours straight without any considerable breaks.
Doesn’t get in the way with its’ taste but stays on the background providing means to survive the everyday life of an art student.
Workers’ tea in a good way: swift to make and always satisfying with the result.
Loyal for what it comes to flavor palette; black, bite of bitterness occasionally, mellow with bergamot and soft and harmonic when treated gently. Honest, basic tea.

Feisty when drank cold accidentally. Then not so enjoyable, the lemon pushes through almost violently.

Simply being there when needed.

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514 tasting notes

I read the adorable letter from Uniquity to Lady Grey & knew I must try this tea!

But after waiting for it to steep and smelling the aroma, I thought I might have made a mistake. This isn’t like Earl Grey at all.

I took a tentative sip. Yuck! The citrus overwhelmed everything else and almost made me gag!

I re-read Uniquity’s letter and thought I might have to write its antithesis. But I decided to add a little bit of milk and sugar before completely giving up hope.

What a difference!! Suddenly, this tea was more than stomachable; it was wonderful!

The lemon complements the bergamot nicely, and now I’m truly enjoying my cup of Lady Grey (who I always mistakenly call Lady Earl Grey). She definitely is much sweeter than her husband and quite forgiving.

Thank you, Uniquity, for writing such a persuasive letter that I couldn’t help but try and love Lady Grey. I followed your steeping instructions and with the addition of a little skim milk & Truvia, I’m a convert.

Sincerely,
CHAroma

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Huzzah! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so blessed or appreciated in my tea experience as when I read this note. For a while I toyed with the idea of writing letters to all my teas, but it seemed a little insane. : ) I’m glad you could find a way to enjoy this one as well. I certainly had trouble with my path…

CHAroma

Aww, you’re the sweetest! Go tea blogging, haha!

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471 tasting notes

This is one of the best Earl Greys I’ve ever tasted, and it’s also my first Lady Grey. (There seems to be an assortment of them out there from different companies.)

The black tea aspect is very mild, hidden under layers of fruit zest. I can barely tell it’s there. The strongest flavor is mostly lemon, but it isn’t tart, just a little tingly. The bergamot shines through just as strongly, adding that classic Victorian flavor. All around, this is a great tea, and I’m really impressed by it, even if it’s bagged.

I think I’m going to embark on an Earl Grey exploration very soon. I’m really starting to get a taste for them. I’m going to add bergamot to my balcony garden soon, as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Auggy

Honestly, this is one of my favorite “normal” bagged teas – surprisingly tasty. And as someone that has been on the quest for the perfect Earl Grey for what seems like forever, I wish you a good journey on your exploration!

Tabby

Thank you! I think it’s going to be a lot of fun tasting and comparing. :D

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764 tasting notes

Surprisingly, this is my first Lady Grey. Thanks to Ellen for this in a swap!

Overall this is a good tea. Differs from Earl Grey in that there is less bergamot flavour and more of a citrous-lemon flavour. I think I prefer Earl Grey though. I heart bergamot!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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267 tasting notes

So, I’m living in Japan these days and therefore my drinking this is probably doubly odd. But after my millionth cup of green tea, I found myself craving some earl grey. And, I reasoned to myself, there was no real reason to hold out to find a shop that sold it here. The original point of earl grey was to flavor black tea that wasn’t so fresh, in order to make it drinkable. So I allowed myself to pick up some tea at the grocery store. For variety, I decided to try Lady Grey rather than the standard earl grey.

So this has less of a bergamot bite to it, is less peppery than good earl grey. It’s slightly sweet from the safflower leaves in it, and mild. I actually quite like it, and I’m sure in a blind taste test I’d be fooled by this and prove that my preference for higher end earl grey /lady greys is unnecessary.

Considering how much this cost me in Tokyo (I got the loose tea, so yes it does come in loose tea), it was the convenience of nabbing it at the grocery store alone that kept me from holding out. It’s not cheap here.

On this cool grey July day (yes, cool!) in Tokyo, I am enjoying this with my windows open, before I do yoga. It’s a great afternoon cup of tea, and makes me feel snuggly.

p.s. my canister is prettier in the one in the picture. Yay for Japan.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

OMG, I’m so jealous!!!!! You’re in Japan???!!! Will you spend all your time in Tokyo or are you visiting other places as well? Do you speak Japanese? AHHHH!!!! Tell me EVERYTHING!!!

Lisbet

I will (and have) visited other places, but I’ll be living in Tokyo the entire year. I do speak Japanese. 日本語も話しますか。Yeah, I adore Japan and I could totally see staying here if my advisor wouldn’t miss me/ I wouldn’t starve from lack of money if I didn’t return to the U.S. in June.

CHAroma

Boston Universityで三年間日本語を勉強しました 。 私の新婚旅行に
日本に行きます。

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169 tasting notes

Strangely, I’ve been craving bergamot a lot lately and I also wanted to try something new, so I picked up a box of this. It was much better than I thought it would be, very satisfying for a bagged tea. Unsweetened, it’s a more fun and mild take on plain old earl grey. The citrus and bergamot really complement each other well and neither flavor is too strong, and I like that I’m actually getting some tea flavor as well. And I definitely have to agree with Uniquity, when you add a little sweetener this definitely tastes a lot like froot loops cereal. This stuff was a pleasant surprise.

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786 tasting notes

I have been sent SO much of this tea in swaps so I thought I’d actually try one tonight. Today has been a bagged tea kind of day. I feel lazy :[
Anyways… The aroma of this tea is actually pretty nice. Smokey citrus is all that comes to mind. The flavor is fresh orange. Not bad for a bagged tea. I actually quite enjoyed it.

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