Earl Grey (loose leaf)

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Black Tea
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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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  • “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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19 tasting notes

My parents always drink Twinings tea (English Breakfast and Earl Grey are always on stock in our house). I absolutely love Earl Grey, and this is lovely to drink for being inexpensive. I love the scent, the flavor is lovely, and I just add a spoonful of honey and some milk and I’m set. It’s a very cozy tea.

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57 tasting notes

It is not the first tea that I purchased from this pride-filled and well established company that has left me standing in the rain with a quite average, therfore rather disappointing cup of tea.

Rough, very strong teas are used for this blend. Ceylon or Assam would be my guess.
Anyways, the fragile scent of the bergamot hardly gets a chance to break through no matter how often I alter water temperature, steeping time or amount of tea leafs.


Interesting…I’ve always preferred Twinings to the other brands I’ve tried for E.G. because it has a very “clean” tea taste with just enough bergamot. Different strokes for different folks, I guess!


…I honestly start thinking that maybe there is something wrong with me after I read the comments of other drinkers to this tea.I do remember one comment in particular where someone describes the smell that fills the room just by opening the box of leafs. And that exectly is the point…the fragrance, which is great, promises a very fruity brew, very rich in citrus notes. But that is not the case due the strong blend of tea leafs.


This is not Ceylon or Assam teas. It’s 100% China teas.

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115 tasting notes

This is way tastier than the bagged version. I find that it has a great balance between the black tea and the bergamot flavour. There are probably better earl greys out there, but this is the first loose leaf one I really like.

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223 tasting notes

I had this when I was out and was craving some sort of tea. This was the best I could find. The brew is very dark and bitter, and the bergamot is overpowering and musty-tasting. I didn’t like it plain, perhaps it would be improved by milk and sugar?

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4 tasting notes

My preferred blend when I’m sick. It’s not the best I’ve had, but its quite serviceable. It has a nice black tea taste that isn’t overwhelmed by or overwhelming the bergamot. The bergamot is kinda one dimensional but its cheap, easy to find, and I couldn’t get it to brew bitter if I tried. A nice, no brainer tea that I can make and drink, with cream, when I’m knocked out with a cold or flu.


I love this Tea But everytiem i Drank it im Vomiting like Crazy I drank with Empty and FUll Stomach. I dont what it is i drank one cup of it and im Vominting my guts up. Do know what could be causing that

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14 tasting notes

Earl Grey is my favorite tea in the whole world. I love the Twinings in the tin. When you lift the lid, it fills the air with a beautiful aroma. I have a tiny tea pot that brews about 1 1/2 cups at a time. I use two teaspoons of Twinings Earl Grey, pour on the boiling water, and let it sit for about six minutes. Then I pour it all into an extra large cup.
Before I drink it, I just hold it and breath in the fragrance for a long time, waiting for it to cool. I never drink it when I’m in a hurry. I want to savor it for as long as I can.

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25 tasting notes

Cracks me up that this is on here…now that I have tried Argo Earl Grey Creme this is pretty boring in comparison- but you know exactly what it is when you pick it up and Grandpa is still going to want his Twinings no matter how much I hop around and suggest a new kind-some things never change and I suppose in this case that’s allowed! :)

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28 tasting notes

So here’s the deal. This was one of the first teas I had, in the form of a Bigelow tea bag and it was nasty crap.

I then had a giant tea trip in which I tried both bagged Twinings and Tazo of this tea. Bitter and astringent. I somehow kept on though, because I never tasted what a halfway decent Earl Grey was supposed to taste like.

That fateful day is nigh.

I sipped this tea and didn’t even realise the fact that it wasn’t disgustingly bitter until I had another cup. I honestly still can’t comprehend how this isn’t tasting bitter to me. It’s probably not even that awesome of an Earl Grey, but in comparison it was awesome to me.

I’m going to sink into my copy of Schubert and a blanket and be content now. Good night you guys.

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871 tasting notes

Oh, Mr. Grey. How I love thee!

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52 tasting notes

After enjoying Della Terra’s Earl Grey Creme yesterday, this Grey seems to lose a little of its lustre. It’s more, bam, in your face, and not subtle. The bergamot and tea are not complex or terribly interesting.
I suppose this is to be expected, a tea I used to enjoy a great deal has proven to be less than ideal in comparison with others.

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