Soho Earl

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Black Tea
Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavours, Organic Flavours
Bergamot, Bitter, Drying, Perfume
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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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I wanted to take a modern approach to the classic Earl Grey tea. I know of no place more modern than Soho in New York City. I knew I wanted to kick it up a notch using a very high quality bergamot oil and a select blend of black tea leaves that make it taste sophisticated, but not overpowering. The flavor is so rich and complex. — Shane Talbott, Tea Blend Master

Artful and nuanced, rich organically grown black tea leaves mingle with distinctive citrus notes of natural bergamot oil, native to southern Italy.

The modern and the classic marry in this sophisticated, richly complex blend.

Ingredients: whole-leaf black tea, cornflower petals, and organic and natural flavors.

Bring fresh filtered water to just shy of boiling. Pour over sachet and let the aroma entice you while steeping 3-5 minutes. Remove sachet to capture flavor at its peak.

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Today is not going my way. My notices page won’t open (and not being able to clear the little red 20 is annoying the piss out of me), my house smells of grain mash (the husband is making beer – the smell in itself isn’t bad, but after three plus hours, it gets a little (okay, a lot) overwhelming), one of my kitties is stoned out of her mind because she has a very bad bladder infection (apparently she didn’t respond to antibiotic number one, but I still feel like a bad mommy for letting it get so bad) and I feel bored and fidgety. I need tea.

Sadly, I think I picked the wrong one with this one because apparently The Soho Earl wears a lot of perfume. Or uses a lot of citrus-scented cleaning products. The scent of this alone makes it somewhat difficult for me to drink. It just smells so artificial and wrong. Getting past the smell into the actual taste, though, and it’s okayish. Sweet, almost candied citrus with some orange peel bitterness thrown in (too much, actually, but at least the bitterness is realistic, unlike the rest of the flavor). It has a very noticeable orange-ish flavor. I say orange-ish, not bergamot, because bergamot seems a bit darker of a citrus flavor than this. This is more candy orange/citrus than sophisticated bergamot/citrus. Not quite those orange gummy slices you get at the gas station orange flavored. And now I’m thinking of those circus peanuts my parents used to always get at the gas station. I don’t think it tastes like those either, but for some reason my mind is screaming at me, “CIRCUS PEANUTS!!!! THEY’RE ORANGE!!! LIKE THIS TEA TASTES!!! CIRCUS PEANUTS!!!”

Must reign in my brain a bit….

Okay, this actually makes me think of Constant Comment, when I make it for iced tea for the husband. I don’t ever drink it, but this tea still reminds me of the smell. I can’t say I’m a fan of this one. Maybe the husband will like it enough to drink the rest.


Ew.. Circus Peanuts! I’ve always thought they look yummy but taste stale and icky.


Agreed! They always seemed like a good idea at the time but then I’d eat one and I was done. Better in thought than in practice!


I know what you mean about the notices… mine flipped out a while back and while it eventually loaded again I still have 5 notices I can’t get to. And not being able to clear them kind of drives me nuts!


Aw… Hope Kitty gets better soon! Bladder infections are not fun! No worries, you are very much a good mommy for taking care of her! : )


Dinasara, Ack! Don’t say that! Having notices I can’t clear might cause my brain to explode!
Ninavampi, Aw, thanks! I hate seeing my kitties unhappy. She’s currently making little grumpy noises as she tries to get the taste of the antibiotic out of her mouth… it smells like fake banana so I don’t imagine it tastes good.


You must have had a bad day because SoHo Earl is my favorite earl grey tea. You inspired me to reach out to the people at Talbott to see if there is anything artificial in the tea, and they confirmed that it’s all natural.


JulieH, Yes, Talbott does use natural flavors, but that just means that the flavors are derived from natural things, not that the end result is anything one would consider natural. I actually have to be more careful with added natural flavors than artificial flavors due to my food allergies.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sachet of this tea!

I could not find this tea on the website.

The aroma of the dry leaf is BERGAMOT, a perfume-y bergamot… the aroma of the liquor is considerably softer and not at all perfume-ish though. The flavor is very crisp and clean. Smooth! A very nice citrus note, very little of the flowery notes that accompanies Earl Grey sometimes. A very good Earl Grey.

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I’m feeling a little more encouraged by this cup than I was by the last. The fragrance isn’t nearly so overwhelming to me now, and it actually does smell like an Earl Grey. A strong Earl Grey but still an Earl Grey. I’m nursing a headache today, along with a bit of soreness from yesterday’s dental work, so I’m hoping this tea will help.

I steeped this one too long so it’s a little bitter. The added cream and honey help though. In fact, this is much, much better with cream and honey. The bergamot is still a bit strong, but it has definitely been tamed. Bumping my rating because it has the potential to be good.

Flavors: Bergamot

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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