Extra Bergamot English Earl Grey (TE11S)

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Bergamot, Lemon
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 273 ml

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  • “I woke up five minutes before class, oops! Grabbed some of this on the way out to have later. This was my favorite of the Earl Greys from my first go around, so I thought it would be nice to have...” Read full tasting note
  • “The Final Sipdown: Day 4 Decupboarding Total: 5 For me, the worst thing about this tea is the end note. There’s something sour/bitter/tacky/acrid/just off about the taste at the end of the sip. ...” Read full tasting note
  • “Second tea of the morning… (SRP #25) Man, I am dragging to day. I was hoping that my fist pot of Keemun would wake me up, but no go. In fact, this one is not helping, either. As far as the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hm. Not a highly rated tea, but I did not find this as offensive as some others did. I actually quite enjoyed it with a heavy dose of milk. :) I had brewed it strong to have a nice milky tea with...” Read full tasting note

From Upton Tea Imports

Specially blended for those who prefer a richly scented Earl Grey. Our most popular Earl Grey. Rated “best overall” by the Wall Street Journal’s Catalog Critic.

black tea, artificial flavor


Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 4 min.

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8 tasting notes

Very strong bergamot flavor, to the point where the tea flavors were a bit hard to find. Overpowering if drank on its own, but with a tiny bit of sugar (a teaspoon or less) and a tiny splash of milk, it’s a lot easier to taste the full flavors of the tea, at which point it becomes delicious.

I’d accidentally let the water cool off a bit after boiling it, so there’s a chance that the flavors from the tea were not fully extracted (whereas the bergamot flavor, simply being an oil in this blend, was probably extracted to the same degree as it would’ve been).

The tea leaves my tongue tingling a bit for a while with a not exactly pleasant, somewhat soapy, aftertaste.

Definitely a bit much in the bergamot department, though, and I’ll probably stick with a more mellow Earl Grey in the future.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is #3 out of the 5 earl grey samples I got from Upton teas. I’m trying it as my first cup of tea on a Saturday morning. It’s alright, but still not exactly what I’m looking for. The sip itself is good, but there’s a bit of an aftertaste that’s heavy and bitter. I made a pot, and I’ll drink all of it, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the one for me. I still like the Blue Flower EG better.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Bought this sample with my last Upton order because the boyfriend was intrigued. And he also has short term memory loss because he cannot recall said interest. Good thing it was a.) cheap, and b.) I like Earl Grey, although I do prefer the Earl Grey Cream iterations.

Steeped per package directions, which happens to be my preferred method of steeping a black tea anyway. It smelled super bergamot-ty, which made me nervous initially because know I’ve had an Earl Grey from Teavana that seemed to give me headaches.

This tea, despite it’s very strong bergamot taste and scent, didn’t affect me that way though! Yay! Maybe it was just something in the Teavana blend, or maybe I’ve just upped my tolerance of it since the many years between that Earl Grey and this one. It is definitely too sharp of a flavor to have without additives, however. And there is not really much in the way of a ‘tea’ flavor to be had.

So: with milk and sugar, this turns into quite a good Earl Grey. I don’t miss out on the lack of vanilla as much, either. According to Upton’s site it is one of their more popular blends and I see why. I will definitely drink up the rest of the sample (and make the boyfriend drink some of it too, haha) but I think Earl Grey Creams are still my preferred varietal.

Flavors: Bergamot

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

I think I might have to try this one. I love me some bergamot!

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Potable, strong bergamot flavor. Brewed English style. A little acrid/artificial if oversteeped. Upton seems to have ok flavored teas, but their oolongs and puerh are some of the worst I’ve encountered.

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I’ve had about a zillion earl greys, and this is one of the better ones I’ve had…kind of surprised at some of the other reviews. I do like bergamot to be pretty strong in the mix though, and I wasn’t looking for complexity when I ordered this. Anyhow, great taste and smell, very relaxing (even with caffeine in it no doubt), and no harshness detected.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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when you open the bag up it smells of frootloops… after the first whiff though it begins to have a very floral smell, like sweet flowers

the taste is pretty uniform with the smell and it has the frootloopish taste and kind of gets more floral the more you drink(although more subtle than the smell)

overall it was decent, not really my thing though. i seem to prefer more bland/darker flavors. but if you love frootloops go for it ! :D

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Update: I bumped up the score because it actually turns out quite good if you mix a little (1:4 to 1:3 depending on preference) into a strong assam.

Old review:
I’ve had good artificial flavors, and this is not one of them. Very overpowering and one-note, like cheap perfume. Stands out even when mixed with other leaves. It can be saved with milk, but only to the point of being “alright”.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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