The Earl Grey

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Black Tea
Bergamot, Lemon
Bergamot, Lemon, Earl Grey, Earth, Spices
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 oz / 238 ml

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The story goes that Earl Grey, the Georgian prime minister, was given cases of this tea by a Chinese Mandarin. He liked it so much he brought it home and asked Twinings to recreate it for him.

Light, fragrant and with a distinctive bergamot and lemon flavour, our Earl Grey still has all the taste of the original, and we like to think it’s still the best.

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My daughter’s fiancé brought this tea as a gift when he visited from Northern Ireland recently. He is a big fan of Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas. This is a loose leaf version.

The leaf is of medium size and the aroma when you open the inner pouch is so citrus-y and fresh. This smelled like oranges to me, though the box describes bergamot and lemony flavor. The aroma isn’t too strong and doesn’t have that bathroom cleaner acrid smell that I have found in one or two Earl Greys.

I let it steep for three minutes. I did not add milk or sugar to this one and I find it really doesn’t need anything. If you like milk and sugar I feel sure this tea could handle it. The bergamot is present and has a light, fresh aftertaste. If you love really strong bergamot this probably won’t do it for you, but I am finding it to be a very satisfying mid-morning pot of tea.


Buttering up the future mother-in-law. Smart dude! :-)


Indeed! And it gets even better! He loves to play Scrabble. I grew up on Scrabble and my hubby and I enjoy playing. It is almost like we picked him ourselves! :)


Is this different than the American version? I believe the US version says flavored rather than oil of bergamot. I like it anyway.


I am not sure if it is differ, KS. On the bottom it says “100% black tea, bergamot flavouring.” Under that it says, “Tea with the fragrant flavor of bergamot.” The box is definitely different from what I see as loose Earl Grey at my grocery store. And it is actually called “The Earl Grey” not just Earl Grey.


They sell the black box Twinings locally but I did not know if there was a quality difference. According to this link there probably is


I haven’t noticed the black box around here. The one they sell at our local grocery is a tin, and I believe it is yellow. I may have seen this packaging at A Southern Season, though, because it does seem familiar.

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624 tasting notes

A very nice bagged EG. I like to drink it with dinner. Perfectly balanced, and I think I’m getting licorice notes as well.

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2193 tasting notes

Apparently it’s been two years since I last drank one of these. It doesn’t feel like that long. Although I don’t seek these out anymore, there’s still something I find very calming and reassuring about a freshly brewed cup of Earl Grey. I think it’s the scent of the bergamot, although not all blends strike me in the same way. There’s something perfect about this one. Even though its bagged, it’s still the best straight EG I’ve tried (bar EG Cream blends, which totally had me at hello.)

Anyway, I gave this one 2.5 minutes in boiling water, no additions. It’s a lovely brisk black tea, with a slightly sharp lemon aftertaste. There’s a tiny hint of the floral about it, but that note is fleeting at best. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I generally prefer this one with just a splash of milk.

Drinking this today has reminded me how much I enjoy a good cup of Earl Grey, particularly when I’m feeling anxious, stressed or under the weather. I might actually consider keeping a small box of this around for such occasions, and that’s a revelation for me after nearly three years of drinking loose tea almost exclusively. This one’s a winner.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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9 tasting notes

I enjoy this tea. It’s got a nice flavor, nothing artificial. I enjoy it with a touch of sugar, and milk (blasphemy, I know.)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

I’m really keen on this, thought I’d try it at home my way after having it at a friends. I find this to be citrusy but not too much and a good amount of bergamot. The teabag form is good when steeped for 4-5 mins, and I like mine with a bit of sugar and tea. A good little afternoon tea.

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An additional tasting note for this tea. This time I baked it into an Earl Grey cake yesterday evening.

It’s actually my second time baking with this exact EG blend. The first time was years ago when I made an EG and white chocolate brioche loaf – it tasted delicious, but only of white chocolate. The EG just vanished while it was baking. I’m going to try this brioche recipe again with Assam/milk chocolate as soon as my tea order arrives.

I was more confident this time as I found an EG cake recipe that actually had the tea bag contents mixed into the cake mix, plus an EG syrup that had an amazing bergamot and vanilla aroma. But no, still no hint of EG flavour in the cake. Very disappointing – I was looking forward to having a slice of cake with my evening tea.

I’m not changing the tea rating, but I need to leave a note to remind myself in the future: if you want to bake with tea, don’t use Twinings EG, pick something more robust.


I’ve made Earl grey ice cream, and I’ve been looking forward to making it into a cake, but this is exactly what I was worried about. Definitely post a review when you find a recipe that works!


Will do!

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22 tasting notes

if you want a lighter cup of tea brew it for 2 min, if stronger, 3 mins, good to be consumed with or without a splesh of milk added.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

2 min, 30 sec

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14 tasting notes

I tried the loose leaf version of Twinings’ Earl Grey, and I can assert it is perfect for a morning tea.
The bergamot is a little too subtle for my taste but the tea is very fragrant nonetheless.
The leafs are small and not very high quality, but for the price, I would recommend!

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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3 tasting notes

Best when mixed with a little cream. Sweet and earthy with just enough bergamot to linger.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earth, Spices

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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785 tasting notes

1 teabag used

Lemony-citrus note.

Boiling 13 OZ / 375 ML

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