Earl Grey (loose leaf)

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Bergamot, Dark Bittersweet, Cherry, Chocolate, Cranberry, Caramel, Cherry Wood, Citrusy, Dates, Dried Fruit, Round , Toasty, Toffee, Earl Grey, Citrus
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 oz / 235 ml

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263 Tasting Notes View all

  • “I had to have Earl Grey this morning. I’m thinking its a plus that my favorite EG is also one of the most inexpensive on the market. It’s also one of the easiest to find. My parents drank this and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Mmmm so I’m thinking that bringing a french press to work was one of the best ideas I’ve had in a while. I’ve been able to make large quantities and share with my co-workers. Yesterday I made...” Read full tasting note
  • “Here is another tea that I have in my cupboard, drink a lot of it and never have done a tasting on. I got six tins of this off of Amazon for 17 bucks. I have a two tins left. I would not go as...” Read full tasting note
  • “My fiance was running out of Earl Grey and he picked up a tin of this to share with me since he thought I would like a loose leaf Earl and he knows that I like Twinings tea. The tea was not as...” Read full tasting note

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Fine black tea expertly blended with the citrus fruit flavor of bergamot, to deliver an uplifting tea with a unique floral aroma and refreshing taste.

Twinings has been blending my family tea for years. Today, I am proud to continue this tradition with the tea celebrated throughout the world known as Twinings Earl Grey. Legend has it, that my ancestor, the second Earl Grey, was presented with this exquisite recipe by an envoy on his return from China.

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263 Tasting Notes

50 tasting notes

This is one fabulous bagged tea, it’s even good in my tassimo machine. Twinnings is a high quality brand that is very classic. I never have anything bad to say about this tea. Yum. I add milk to this cozy little tea. Delish.

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304 tasting notes

Found 100 grams of this tea today and just could not resist the cute little tin. I thought to myself…get this and try to mix it with something creamy…so here goes!
In an attempt to create my own EG cream, I added one tsp of EG and I tsp of chocolate honeybush to my teapot. 3 minute infusion yields a creamy EG at a fraction of the cost.
The smell from the teapot is of chocolate with a nice backdrop of EG goodness…yum

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31 tasting notes

Ok, so I’m trying this tea again with my “early” morning study session. I’m trying to get better at trying the same tea several times in a short period to make comparisons between more accurate.

This time I set out to only steep this tea for 4 minutes, less then I would ordinarily do for a black, but with the aim of avoiding the beastly bitterness of the last cup. However after 4 minutes a little sip told me the brew was very weak (hot water with a hint of tea flavour) with already a distinct bite of bitter in there. So I’ve concluded that the “intense bitterness” I was complaining about in my last tasting note was probably, well, just what properly steeped straight Earl Gray is supposed to taste like (rating will have to be adjusted I think).

I let this cup steep for another two whole minutes or so (need. morning. jolt.) and the bitterness increased a bit, but seemed much more bearable today for some reason. A bit of 1% milk, honey and one sweetner package has a nice morning cuppa for me.

Earl Gray has been officially been brought back into my life.

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299 tasting notes

This was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank (bought by accident, haaa) and I still love it.


Yeah that’s one of the classics for me too, although I didn’t know there was a loose-leaf variety! I’ve seen people use those tins for planting herbs!


Oh man, that would be adorable! Going to do that when next I have a herb to plant (and I JUST planted lemonbalm, hee)!

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23 tasting notes

Simply wonderful tea. I have a cup every morning and it always brightens my day. I tend to forget to remove my tea bags so my tea is always very strong, but Twinnings Earl Grey tastes wonderful even when I leave the bag in for half an hour. Fabulous.

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24 tasting notes

I grew up with this tea in the house in Australia. It is awesome for me because it reminds me of home!

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I grew up in Germany, but this is still my “family tea”. Wherever I go, I brew up pot of this stuff with a little bit of milk and sugar, I feel right at home. Totally see eye to eye with you, even in the other hemisphere.

On a sidenote, the stuff they sell in bags is totally unrelated to the loose leaf variant. And not in a good way.

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255 tasting notes

I had purchased this tea many times before, and with those many times never had gotten to actually trying it. I had tried Twinnings Gunpowder Green loose leaf, and can recall my impressions of an abnormally strong tea.

Upon opening the sealed tin, you are invited with a very strong citrus aroma. It is stronger and sweeter than what you would expect citrus to be, very bittersweet. Mixed in is a strong floral scent, but the citrus is prominent and potent.

Steeping brings out that strong floral scent, as the citrus becomes more subtle. The liquor is a deep topaz and very dark.

The flavor maintains a strong floral base, with the citrus appropriately subtle. There is a light astringency, and you feel the bottom of the black tea flavor.

What a rather perfectly affordable and accessible tea to wake up to. It has earned it’s place on my tea shelf as a morning tea at the office.

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9 tasting notes

Not much to say. Great tea. Been drinking it for years. Simple and classic. I leave the bag in while I drink it because I like my tea strong. I drink it with just a splash of milk and either raw sugar, Splenda, or honey.

Rating: 87/100

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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15 tasting notes

I’ve been so stuck on loose leaf teas lately that when my grandparents gave me a boxed Twinings variety set, I let it sit in the back of my cupboard for a pretty long time. Just the other day I decided to sort through my cupboard (it’s SO crowded) and I happened to find it, which made me want to give it a try. It just so happens that I really love this tea! I used to avoid black teas but this one has turned me onto others, and especially with a couple packets of sweetener, it really has a great taste for a bagged tea. I enjoyed it so much that I went back and bought more; it’s really convenient when I don’t have time to prepare loose leaf tea, or when I’m just on the go.

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18 tasting notes

When I want something “special” I go to this tried and true friend. A basic Earl Grey with no frills…which is fine by me. Not too strong or light. I’ve seen other reviews that say this tea is weak, not so! Brew it in 6 oz of water (for the American sized tea bags) and the taste will be just fine. Add a dab of milk and sugar and prepare to be amazed.

My dessert tea. :)

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