Countess of Seville (organic)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot Oil, Cornflower Petals, Green Tea, Orange Oil, Orange Peel
Flavors
Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Green, Orange Zest, Orange Blossom, Lemon, Soap
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher, Organic
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Average preparation
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
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  • “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
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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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I love Earl Grey tea and most assorted variations of it. Something about the citrusy bergamot serves to wake me up in the morning and soothe me in the evening after a day of work. This is the first green tea Earl Grey that I have tried, and I have to say I like it!

The scent of this tea from the bag is very strong and it’s all ORANGE orange ORANGE. You can smell the orange peel and orange fruit and maybe a slight hint of muskiness from the green tea leaves. After brewing the scent tones down a bit, making it more similar to typical Earl Greys. The color from this tea is not very strong, it looks like any old green tea (pardon me while green tea enthusiasts cough and beg to differ). The taste of the tea is amazingly like Earl Grey. If someone handed me a cup blind, I would proclaim it delicious and request they steep it slightly longer because it is missing the black tea undertones. The green tea leaves act as a carrier for all the orangey bergamot, you cannot taste the green tea at all – and yet the taste is different than if one had simply stuck a couple orange peels or drops of bergamot oil into a teapot of water. The green tea gives it body, but goes completely undetected. The ingredient list mentions cornflowers, which you can kind of see in the loose tea, but I don’t taste them at all. Granted, I don’t really know what they’re supposed to taste like.

The second steeping was just as good as the first, but by the third it started to lose flavor. All in all, delicious! It won’t replace my staple black tea Earl Greys, but it’s a nice addition to my collection. I believe it has less caffeine than my black teas, which could come in handy.

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The Countess took me by surprise. I bought it on a whim as I was trying to break out of my tea-drinking preferences, and I’m glad I did. It is so mild and delicate, and yet a lovely cup to sit and sip when I’m doing my morning emails or flipping through a book at night. The orange notes are definitely there, blending seamlessly with the green tea to make a lovely cup that I reached for more often than I expected. I’m already out and will definitely be stocking up again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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5/24
horray! another citrusy green to add to my collection. what a wonderful combo.
nice, light green flavour with a hit of citrus.
definitely adding to my shopping list!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Not an earl grey fan, but I didn’t find this tea too terrible. What I really liked was the citrus note to make this tea nicer to drink. I don’t have much to say about this one lol

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tastes like a refreshing take on Earl Grey with the added benefits that come from being a green tea. I loved it and I made my mother one and she loved it as well. Two thumbs up!

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Green

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I got some of this for my younger brother for Christmas this year, but I decided to pick up some extra just for me because it sounded good. The tea smells so light and citrus-y that I already foresee this being excellent iced.

So naturally, I made this over ice and I have to say that I’m a big fan. As it smells, it is indeed very bright with delicate citrus notes. They chose a very light green tea base for this, and the orange and bergamot are balanced well with each other.

Overall, this is a very good twist on Earl Gray and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves lighter tasting teas.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a wonderful light and refreshing alternative to the classic Earl Grey. The dry leaves are strongly aromatic of bergamot with a hint of orange zest. Once steeped the bergamont is dominant with just a fleeting taste of orange. Be careful not to steep too long or hot or it can be bitter/astringent.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange Zest

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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5671 tasting notes

My week has definitely NOT gone how I originally thought it would.

It started off pretty well – things were going well at work, my birthday was quickly approaching, and I was only a few days away from a week of paid vacation at Value Village. However, then the completely unexpected happened. I came home from work during the week and my roommate was waiting for me with an eviction notes. I had until the 30th to move out of my house…

Suffice to say I was incredibly shocked and pissed off. While I don’t really want to get into it too heavily on Steepster, I think there are a lot of things that factor into what happened. For starters, I know that Trey, James, and myself have been growing apart for a while now. We used to go out regularly together, and drink frequently and at one point we even all worked together. Now? I’m working on average 65-70 hours a week between two jobs, barely drink anymore and when I AM home my spare time is spent quietly reading, drinking tea, learning Mandarin or cooking. Their spare time? Out partying, drinking at home or loudly gaming. Our interests don’t align anymore.

As well, both of them currently work at the same company – one which I am STRONGLY and vocally against. That’s always been a source of discord among us. Their company is basically one of those stupid insurance based MLMs – you know, the legal loophole to a pyramid scheme. I hate how it runs, and the cult like mentality of those who work there. Seriously, they would come home from work and continue to talk about NOTHING but work for a solid five hours whilst drinking. They’ve phone called every single one of our mutual friends AT LEAST twice to try and get them to sign up/join and if someone says no then they wont make time to hang out with them again in the future. If you’re not in then they don’t have time for you in their life. So, suffice to say things weren’t GREAT between us as far as roommates go because I refused to drink the kool aid – and while I was happy they were finding success and ‘fulfillment’ from their job, I definitely wished it was through a better/healthier outlet.

As far as my eviction? I hadn’t realized things between us had reached that level of distance yet. And yes, technically it was well within Trey’s right as landlord to evict me. I signed a lease agreement and by the most slimy of technicalities I also broke it giving him just cause to evict me. The frustrating part is that the aspect I broke in the agreement was broke MONTHS ago, and I’m pretty sure they only waited until now to evict me because they have someone else lined up to move in another one of their coworkers who I know was looking for a new place to live recently. So, now they’ll have a condo full of little pyramid scheme puppets and can all be cult-ish together.

Thankfully I was able to move in with my mother on really short notice, since I hadn’t been apartment hunting since I didn’t know I was going to be moving. It may have been the worst blizzard/storm of the year and it may have took _ten grueling hours in 95km/hour winds but I got all of my stuff out of the condo and into my mothers just a day after receiving my eviction letter. So, at the very least I don’t have to spend the rest of the month in a toxic environment where I know I’m not wanted – and I can enjoy my vacation in peace/silence. While moving back in with parents is anything but ideal, I’ve done it before under worse circumstances when my Saskatoon roommate raped someone in our house and I moved from Saskatoon to Regina OVERNIGHT so now I just move on and rebuild. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

Rinse and repeat.

Oh, and the tea? Tasted like fruit loops! It was some much needed comfort in the chaos that was moving day. Seriously, it was the ONLY tea I drank all day during the crazy and it was the perfect moment of calm and quiet.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like the move was a kind thing you did for yourself. Onwards and upwards!

Rosehips

Eeeek! That’s a lot of drama. I’m sorry things are not ideal, but I’m glad you are out of that environment.

VariaTEA

So I felt weird “liking” this in light of the contents but I liked it for the moment of calm with the tea and not for all the craziness. That I really am sorry to hear about and definitely think you will come back from this better than ever…you always do.

Indigobloom

Wow. That is a lot of nasty ju ju. I hope they see the light beyond that koolaid one day soon. Bleh. Big hugs your way if you want them :(

Roswell Strange

Thanks everyone for the love and support! It’s weird to say, but ever since I started my independent living journey in Saskatoon four(ish) years ago Steepster (and the community of people on it) has become such a rock for me. Throughout all of it, I’ve always been able to find comfort here on the site, with a cup of tea in hand. I’m feeling so much better today about the whole situation, truly.

Super Starling!

Glad you’re living somewhere less toxic. I know living with one’s parents isn’t perceived as “cool.” Think of it this way: if your parents are kind enough to welcome you home, they’re pretty awesome parents — which so few people have. You are very lucky. Enjoy your fruit loop tea and find somewhere great to live (which sounds like, honestly, literally anywhere other than your old place).

Scheherazade

I’m glad you’ve found some peace, and were able to enjoy your birthday and vacation in peace. Living with parents isn’t ideal (I know – I’m currently doing it while I try and find myself a flat I can afford…), but it’s definitely better than putting/keeping yourself in a bad situation. I hope things start to pick up for you again soon :)

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371 tasting notes

GROSS! I found it tastes like what orange cleaner smells like.

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Finally, a David’s tea full of bergamot flavouring! The David’s Earls I’ve tried so far disappointed me with their strong floral flavours, but this is bursting with bergamot.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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