Breakfast Earl Grey

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Earl Grey made with broken leaves brews up a robust taste. Perfect to enjoy with milk.

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Traveling Tea Box Tea!!!!

This is a pyramid bag and the leaves look very broken. Pleasant bergamot scent :) I used 8 oz of water since Ricky’s note said the recommended 3.7 oz produced a bitter brew. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much.

The minute the water hit this, it instantly became dark!! I was preparing myself for a STRONG BREW and I got out my half and half and sugar. I steeped for 4 minutes and after adding my milk and sugar it looked more like coffee than tea! Yikes!

Once I took a sip I was so very pleasantly surprised! No bitterness, very nice tea flavor and the bergamot is soft (I wouldn’t want it any other way in the morning – I save the super bergamot ones for afternoon). I am really enjoying it! if you want to have some tea bags around for portability and convenience, this one from Lupicia is excellent!! This company is definitely going on my radar for future orders – they have some EXTREMELY unique teas! ORZO CIOCCOLATA anyone!?!? (ancient barley from Italy which tastes like hazelnut and chocolate – gotta try it!) and being the froofy lady I am, I squealed over the sugar charms – how nice to have for company!!

I decided this may be a good one for resteeping, so I gave it a shot (another 8 oz water and 5 minutes steeping time). It is weaker tea wise but a little more fruity – still very tasty and enjoyable.

I love when my preconceptions are completely and totally wrong :)

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ok, I just added the orzo chocolate to the database because your description made me want it! Now it’s on my shopping list (more like wish list!)


I think I’m going to bump up Lupicia to #1 for my next tea order – free shipping after spending $35 and a free 1 year subscription to their tea magazine that comes with a free sample each time after spending $30 sounds like a great treat :)


Ooh—barley tea! And it tastes like hazelnut too?? I have to get it.


Yay! TTB tea!


“I save the super bergamot ones for afternoon.”
What are your favorite Earl Greys in this category? Thank you!

JacquelineM looseTman: I am currently loving Andrews and Dunham Damn Fine Tea’s Mount Grey – super, super bergamot!

Thank you. At 4.4 oz./$20, that equals $80 for 17.4 oz. (500 g). Have you found a supplier that provides bulk discounts for 500 g or a 1 kg?


I’ve not — I love A&D for their aesthetic and enthusiasm as well as their tea, so I am willing to pay a little more. P.S. You get a magnet too ;)


But I will mention that Auggy said she really liked the Whittard Earl Grey recently — (scroll down for her review — she said it was bergamot-y!).


Thank you JacquelineM!

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767 tasting notes

tea 294. i’ll be at 300 teas tasted before the week is up.
this sample bag is from TastyBrew. (thank you thank you!)
bold and unflinching. yet earl grey-ey sweet.
sweet dry bitter sweet wet warmth.
i want to write a thoughtful note about this tea. but today i am a bit sullen.
sullen due to beauty.
just blame the fandom. and how bittersweet it can all be.
the way it both magnifies and obscures real life. and makes me want to be honest. perhaps live more like a character in a book. which i know sounds completely immature. and dramatic. but i don’t mean it that way.
good fiction, good art, good poetry, good tea, anything that distills down the experience of living.
anything that helps define the internal complexities.
these things can help us be in the moment.
they inspire me to live in the moment.
that’s what i mean.

Moondog – Bird’s Lament


Welcome to the 300 club….


haha Sil, obviously you deserve the huge welcome to the … 650 club… #teamonster


HAI! i’m only at 300ish teas in my cupboard… 600 club is reserved for kittenna


wait wait no no i’m talking about teas i’ve TASTED. gawd i HOPE i never get to 300 i’d probably get kicked out of my kitchen hah


LOL i couldn’t even tell you how many teas i’ve tasted….

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125 tasting notes

Sample package label: “5202, Breakfast Earl Grey”

“Earl Grey made with broken leaves brews up a robust taste. Perfect to enjoy with milk.”

“Water Measurement: One 5.0 fl.oz (150ml)-cup
Water Temprature: Boiling water
Brewing Time: 2 – 2.5 min.”

Per Victoria at Lupicia Customer Service:
- The base of their Breakfast EG is a single Ceylon tea, not a blend.
- Their bagged tea is “the exact same as their loose tea.”

5-oz water with total dissolved solids (TDS) of 27 ppm, heated to 212*F, 2.5 min.

1 tea sachet, without sweeteners, milk or cream.

Fragrance: This tea has a stronger fresh lemon Earl Grey fragrance than their 5201 Earl Grey. There wasn’t any hint of artificial additives.

Dry leaf – Dark brown leaves

Liquor – Clear & dark coppery

Impression: This is a smooth, well-balanced Earl Grey with a fresh mild pleasing lemon aroma. Finally, another EG with more body! There was no hint of bitterness or astringency. As the cup cooled, there was no hint of tartness. This Earl Grey resteeps well at 5-min.

My wife enjoyed this Lupicia EG more than their 5201 EG. She especially liked the stronger Bergamot fragrance. This EG tea has come the closest to her liking. However, she noted that there was a vegetal aroma / flavor not expected in a classic EG. I asked Vitoria what might contribute the vegetal hint to this tea. She wasn’t sure and said “Perhaps it’s because it is a broken tea?”

At this point, it has been 10 Earl Greys & counting! We would welcome any suggestions for a stronger Bergamot, fuller-bodied, invigorating breakfast version of the classic EG.

Thanks to Lupicia for providing this free sample.

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I’ve sometimes gotten that vegetal taste in black teas. I usually find that these teas are teas that do best when brewed at off boiled ie 190-196 instead of at boiled. When I brewed these teas at the lower temperature the vegetal taste usually disappears or is diminished significantly.


Thank you. That’s very helpful. I used 212*F per Lupicia’s recommendations.


Silky EG from Teajo has an Assam base and a pretty strong bergamot.


We found the Teajo EG to be enjoyable with one caveat for classic EG lovers:

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4847 tasting notes

This is a really good Earl Grey. I love the “Earl Grey” from Lupicia (with Keemun), but I really like this one too. The bergamot is a bit lighter here and it gives the cup a crisp taste. Very pleasant and smooth.

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6770 tasting notes

I grabbed a bag from the Traveling Tea Box and am drinking it now. It’s extremely dark in color and it’s VERY Bold Black Tea Taste and you can tell it’s an E.G. but it’s very light on the Bergamot. The item I need to point out more than once is the fact that it is VERY Bold…wow! That was surprising, actually. I think if I would have steeped any longer it would have been too much…even for me…


Haha, how opposite our reactions are to this little teabag. I didn’t think it was a strong enough EG. What has the world come to! I enjoy EG!??!


Well…I drastically oversteeped…after I posted I reread your review and wondered the same thing…Maybe it was the EG Bitterness that was the boldness – it sure wasn’t the bergamot…but I did taste the EG and the actual black tea…but like I said…I drastically oversteeped…lol…

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326 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell totally awesome, I love the intense bergamot fragrance! I would really like to use them as potpourri! :P

When brewed the bergamot fragrance is very much softened, however. The breakfast tea base is, as always, too strong for me. There’s hardly any bitterness, it’s just that I prefer Earl Grey with a fruitier black tea base.

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123 tasting notes

I wish I still had some of Lupicia’s regular Earl Grey blend, so I could compare the two teas. Off the top of my head (tip of my tongue?) I can’t say for sure what the difference is. I think Earl Grey had a stronger bergamot flavor than the Breakfast blend does but that is based on a fuzzy memory.

This is a gentle, more sedated Earl Grey. The bergamot is definitely there, but it’s very balanced with the black tea. Just the sort of thing you want in the morning, when you are just waking up.

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29 tasting notes

Overall, I was a bit disappointed by this cup. When I opened the package I was surprised with a refreshing citrus note that was expected with a earthy Ceylon scent…but the broken leaves and tea dust threw me for a bit of a loop. Obviously I still granted the benefit of a doubt, because I’ve been pleasantly surprised by worse in the past…but to little avail. After letting steep at the appropriate time…still nothing. A bit of the normal earl grey flavor but it left quickly along with my expectations. The combo of tea dust, non re-steepability, and poor taste just really put a damper on the experience:(

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3134 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown!

Had a bag of this from a while back; I believe it came as a free sample with a Lupicia order. Either way, ended up drinking it at work (oh, speaking of that, I now have a job where I can actually brew tea during the day, which is pretty exciting and gives me hope that I can get through a lot of different teas that I don’t like to put in travel mugs, because I won’t have to do that) and added some milk/sugar to make it extra tasty, which it was. Plain, it probably wouldn’t have worked for me, just a bit too strong. If my Book of Tea has a packet of this, I may get to try it again, and write a tasting note a bit more promptly.

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388 tasting notes

I liked this one a lot when it was hot… not so much when it had cooled. When it was cool, the bergamot I guess took over and it got bitter.

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