Countess of Seville (organic)

Tea type
Green Tea
Bergamot Oil, Cornflower Petals, Green Tea, Orange Oil, Orange Peel
Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Green, Orange Zest, Orange Blossom, Lemon, Soap
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Kosher, Organic
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 13 oz / 372 ml

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  • “This is yet another tea that we purchased, sampled once or twice and promptly lost in the back of the cupboard. I decided to try this again today at switchboard because the aroma was SO appealing!...” Read full tasting note
  • “Got this iced and to-go when I found myself in DAVIDs. I went to the mall to buy gloves and somehow that resulted with me buying more tea. I almost grabbed 10 g of this but tbh, I am glad I didn’t....” Read full tasting note
  • “And I’m one cup away from a sipdown of this. :( Too bad as this is a green that I can get behind! I’m rewatching Doctor Who now that it’s on netflix, but OMG, those early episodes are really...” Read full tasting note
  • “I haven’t tried an Earl Grey green before, but I’ve heard good things! So, I picked up a sample of this back in June when I visited DAVIDsTEA in New York City and have held on to it ever since. ...” Read full tasting note


Sweet orange

There are so many rumours about Earl Grey and his gallivanting ways. We like this one, about a trip he took to Spain. It’s said he fell for the Countess of Seville, a beautiful, dark-haired woman with a penchant for oranges. But did he really woo her with this green tea scented with bergamot and orange oil, cornflowers and orange zest? Either way, it’s a sweet, romantic twist on his original recipe.

Ingredients: Organic: green tea (Zhejiang Province, China), orange peel, cornflowers. With orange and bergamot oil.

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91 Tasting Notes

749 tasting notes

I’ve been looking forward to trying this one in my quest to find an Earl Grey (or variation of) I enjoy. This one seems hopeful.

I’m enjoying the scent (as much as possible with the bergamot). I like that there’s a hint of orange and the bergamot isn’t knock-you-over strong.

I love how light the green teas can be. This one is no exception. It’s so tricky with an Earl Grey smell and a green tea taste. I like it.

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72 tasting notes

Love this one. I’ve just spent all day drinking a huge, huge pot of this tea. Both hot and cold, this tea is phenomenal. I love the light, palate cleansing orange and the lingering bergamot. I don’t crave this tea often, but when I do, the craving stays until I finally get it! For people who have previously had this tea and did not like it: It’s VERY particular in steep time and temp, so be careful and don’t blame the tea when it tastes bitter!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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116 tasting notes

Another from the GCTTB. This one has been on my DT’s to-try list for a while but whenever I go into the store there’s always other things that call me more, so I’m glad I was able to get a sample of this from the box.

The dry tea is very citrusy smelling, not sharp but definitely there. I could also catch a bit of the cornflowers and the green vegetal tones from the tea base (speaking of the tea itself I was really surprised at the length and shape of the the leaves, dry they almost look like Dragon Well’s long lost cousin).

The liquor comes out a bright, green tinged yellow and had an interesting mixed scent from the citrus and cornflowers. I really wasn’t sure on the taste of this one though, some sips I liked and some I didn’t… It kept flipping back and forthcoming me.

The citrus was quite refreshing and not at all harsh on the mouth but there was this odd almost metallic taste/feel to the tea that I think they contributed to. The cornflowers added a nice sweetness to the tea and helped to smooth out some of the rough edges from the citrus while the green tea notes got a little lost in the rest, I would get the odd grassy note once and a while though.

This is a tea that might grow on me but for now it’s certainly not something I could see keeping on hand regularly.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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141 tasting notes

Surpisingly I haven’t logged this tea ever… shame. Anyways, this is a fave of mine. I decided to brew it for breakfast this morning. I love them green and lemon flavouring of this tea. It really soothes me, which is a perfect way to start the day.

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514 tasting notes

This is what I wanted The Earl’s Garden to be! Not the gross bitter mess that it is. I digress:

Light and fresh Earl, with a twist! This twist is orange, and it compliments beautifully. It did not resteep very well, I had to dump the last half of my cup because something tasted off, but that first steep was lovely. Not overpowering, just right!

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237 tasting notes

EVERYONE knows that I am obsessed with DT’s various renditions of Earl Grey and other classic teas.They do SUCH a profoundly good job it would soften the hardest of hearts and make the most particular tea lover reconsider their good taste.Yes they are THAT good.

This tea smells like a lovely earl grey profile but it’s a green tea and and the orange oil and bergamot just burst with a freshness and lightness that doesn’t smell usual or predictable.It’s pretty similar in smell to the Earl of Lemon just not as citrusy and not as deep and sexy as the Cream of Earl grey.It smells just lovely.

As for taste it’s nice..not mind-blowing like other earl grey types I’ve tried but good.It’s perfect for people that want something classic like an earl grey that usually only exists in a black tea to be a green tea instead.I think this would also be the most able to take a good icing out of all the other earl’s just light enough.

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184 tasting notes

I got my David’s Tea order and I was really excited—one of the things I got was the Golden Pu-erh. I was really excited to try it since I’d never had a pu-erh before, so it was going to be a totally new tea experience. I opened up the bag of tea and the smell of citrus hit me immediately. “Yummy. This must be why they call it ‘Golden’ Pu-erh.” The cup was delicious, though not what I was expecting. Not earthy. More green. Citrusy, not musty, like the packaging mentioned. It was a head-scratcher of a tea drinking experience.

So I started to look at the little catalog that came with the DT order. I flipped back to the Pu-erhs to see what else they had. I liked this one, so I bet I’d like other ones as well. I glanced at the Golden Pu-erh entry. Not a single citrus peel in sight. And the leaves looked curled, like whole leaves. Not like the cut leaves in the cup I brewed.

Further investigation (looking at the page on green teas) tells me that apparently what I got was the Countess of Seville instead. It looks pretty similar to the picture, and now that I’m paying attention on my second steep, the flavor does remind me of an Earl Grey.

Luckily, I like this tea. I’d be really annoyed if it were some awful tea that I hated. I can’t wait to try it properly steeped!

ETA: Doh! Further investigation, plus the discovery of a berry of some sort reveals that this is not Countess of Seville, rather, I believe it is Some Velvet Morning.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’d contact them – If they mis-shipped they will likely send you the real deal and maybe a sweet bonus to butter you up!


I did email them, right before writing the review. I totally wouldn’t mind being buttered up with a few more samples :)

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48 tasting notes

I usually like citrus and earl grey but i’m really not a fan of this tea i steeped it for 2.50 minutes at 94. Degrees water and it was really bitter. The taste was really strong. To be honest the taste reminded me of citrus shower gel….i don’t know if i did something wrong because everyone seems to like this tea and the light taste of the tea (really not the cup i got tonight :S)

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307 tasting notes

Unfortunately, I make a cup of this intending on a long sipping time, allowing me to try it hot and cold… and I’m immediately asked if I want to go out. Oh well….

It is lovely though, light and citrusy. I think I actually prefer the bergamot/orange peel combination here better with green tea than with black. It just is very pleasant with the lighter touch. I think it would taste really nice chilled and sweetened as well — I’m going to have to investigate this another time (though really, I’ll probably still prefer it hot. I’m the type to drink hot tea in the middle of the summer, after all….)

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I’m not sure what to make of this tea. I think the earl grey flavour combined with the green tea flavour is just not for me. I wish it was just a straight earl grey with bergamot and orange flavours.

Aside from how the mixed green & earl grey bothers me, I felt like the bergamot overwhelmed the orange flavours.

Despite my piles of criticism, I would like to try it again with a bit of lemon to bump up the citrus flavours.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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