Earl Grey

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  • “You know, I have gotten to the point with my dissertation that I can actually take the time to write tasting notes again. Turns out that once it’s written and sent off for comments, there’s a lot...” Read full tasting note
  • “I just got my order a few days ago from Lupicia, but this tea has been calling my name ever since receiving it. So I finally caved in and decided to try it. Aroma – not surprising – it’s Earl...” Read full tasting note
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Authentic Earl Grey made with Keemun tea. Delicious straight up or with milk.

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254 tasting notes

I wanted Elizabeth but I got Anne instead! Thank you so much, Dinosara for the opportunity to try this wonderfully smooth and incredibly blended Earl Grey.

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My previous Earl Grey experience is limited to cheap tea bags, which I never enjoyed, so I always assumed I wouldn’t like this. But I’ve had a sample from Lupicia around for ages now, and I thought now was the time to try it.

Lots and lots of bergamot. I never thought of Earl Grey as a fruity tea before, but Lupicia’s blend is heavy on the citrus note. The tea is very smooth and refreshing, especially iced.


I find it funny you never considered it a fruity tea before. Bergamot is fruit lol. Those bags must have really been bad! :(


I guess I never think of lemon iced tea as a fruity tea either, even though lemon’s a fruit. It’s always an accent to the black tea, but not the main focus. Maybe it’s a citrus thing…

When I drank the Earl Gray bags (I want to say they were Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings) the bergamot was in practically non-existent.

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333 tasting notes

I think I may have found a new favorite Earl Grey! The bergamot here is strong, which is a plus for me. It’s crisp and citrusy, and a perfect counterpoint to the rich, slightly smoky Keemun base. I’ve never had an EG like this before—the Keemun adds some welcome complexity, and I think its more assertive (vs. the usual Ceylon) profile prevents the bergamot from becoming overwhelming. Even my mother, who’s kind of an EG hater, enjoyed this. I’ve had a lot of Lupicia disappointments lately, but this one’s restoring my faith in the brand. They have a lot of misses, yes, but their hits are really something special.

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87 tasting notes

Smooth. Robust. Flavorful. Just the right amount of bergamot. Probably someone’s perfect Earl Grey. But for me the tea base seems too heavy and strong due to Keemun, not refreshing enough. It’s more on the smokier side though I can’t taste any smoke directly if it makes any sense, the blending is done very nicely indeed.

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This is my favorite Earl Grey.


Darn. Now I’m wishing I had gotten this one when I was in their store in Hawaii. I got the EG with some sort of berry (I forget which one) but haven’t cracked it open yet.

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392 tasting notes

I won this is a SororiTEA Sisters Contest awhile ago and somehow forgot to try it out. I decided tonight would be a good night to do so! It was quite delicious. I was in an Earl Grey mood tonight so it really hit the spot.
I really like Lupicia’s teas, I don’t know if I have tried one yet that I didn’t like. This one had good flavor, but without being overly flavored. It wasn’t highly perfumed which I appreciated. I don’t think I will purchase more of this tea, but I will definitely enjoy the rest of my sample!
I took some pictures of my cup of tea if you want to check them out: http://apurpledress.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/an-earl-grey-kind-of-evening/

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612 tasting notes

This one’s unusual. It has a…I don’t know what the term for it is exactly…kind of…very light but definitely present jasmine-y muskiness or earthiness to it, some sort of smell I associate with Chinese tea. I suppose basing EGs on Keemun is unusual among the ones I’ve tried maybe, guessing that’s why. It’s good though!…not what I expect when I reach for my EG like a security blanket (I admit I like mine heavily perfumed with super floral and super zesty bright bergamot), a sort of unique hybrid thing. Not sure where exactly to class this in my day to day tea habits as it’s filling a rather unique niche. Hm.

(I’m noticing sometimes I run into a problem rating teas because what I think of as the in-a-vacuum aesthetic quality of a tea and whether it actually fits into my specific life are at a disconnect. I guess going forward I’m going to try to take more of the former into account than the latter in rating on this site, and keep personal notes of my must-haves and staples elsewhere. We’ll see if I can keep that straight for the most part…)

As a side note to myself, I’m beginning to wonder if “bergamot” doesn’t mean what I think it means smell and flavor-wise somehow, based on other Steepsters’ reviews of EGs. Common consensus will be “oh this one’s super bergamot-y” or “this one has barely any bergamot” and it will be almost opposite my impression. But I find this so, so puzzling because I’ve LOVED bergamot for like 20 years and as such chosen it for my bath products and candles and whatever else, so the element I find common (and tantalizingly beautiful) in all of those products (from lots of different sources, mind) must be it, right? Perplexed.

To me it’s that exquisite heady yet fresh, floral note that has an edge of citrus zest to it. The smell of, well, the flowers in an orange grove, that almost jasmine perfume (which is so funny because I loathe jasmine) combined with the zippy aroma of orange oil, the way the zest permeates the petals a bit. Done poorly or too heavily it becomes bitter.

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I have noticed reading your tasting notes that we seem to be having different experiences with Earls! Maybe there’s something to be said about how you primarily consumed it as a scent before, so you experience it differently.


That’s a very diplomatic and kind way of putting it, thanks. Yeah, I don’t know, maybe…memories and senses/palates are funny things. I often feel a bit like an alien my impressions will seem so off compared to others’. This happens a lot at wine tastings too.

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326 tasting notes

My 16th tea from The Book of Tea is another lovely Earl Grey!! I liked Earl Grey Darjeeling that I tried last time better because I prefer lighter black tea, but to all strong black tea lovers out there this is probably a perfect Earl Grey. The citrus flavour is intense, and the Keemun tea base is potent and uplifting (oh I am going to stay up late again tonight…). I desperately need something like this to cheer me up after a tiring day :D

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150 tasting notes

From my Lupicia Lucky Bag, and wow I really enjoyed this. I’m not getting that overpowering bergamot aroma or taste others have mentioned, but the bergamot is present, and I think it blends very nicely into the backdrop of the black tea. I’ve never tried Keemun on its own, but here it translates into a smooth base with sweet notes. Every mouthful is basically me going: mmm this is some great tea.

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328 tasting notes

Pleasant bergamot aroma and flavor, but pretty generic Earl Grey.

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81 tasting notes

This is a good Earl Grey~ even if I oversteep this tea, it still tastes good – not bitter or overpowering.

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