Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot Oil, Black Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Bergamot, Malt, Smooth, Citrus, Citrusy, Cocoa, Anise, Camphor, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Orange, Wet Wood, Caramel, Peanut, Yams, Fruity, Sweet
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 17 oz / 500 ml

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  • “This tea is even more beautiful than it is tasty.. And it’s not bad to taste either! ;-) It didn’t to my favorites of black gold teas but it’s a good one.” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “This is quite possible the best Earl Grey tea I have ever tasted! A beautiful, richly flavored base tea blended with just the right amount of bergamot. Smooth enough to drink straight, but even...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “This is one of the best teas I have ever seen. The bergamot flavour along with the malty taste of the tea creates an impeccable combination that is a must-try.” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “This is absolutely delicious, and I think it’s one of the few earl grey teas that I have had. It’s balanced very well. I enjoyed the golden snails on their own, and this is a nice twist. This was...” Read full tasting note
    95

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Earl Gold is a beautiful example of what happens when classic tea and passion for exceptional balance and quality come together. The goal for this tea was to create an Earl Grey with a high quality gold bud Yunnan black as the base…one that would be designed for gong fu brewing but also hold up to western style with milk and sugar. I started with the well-loved Golden Snail and paired it with pure cold-pressed oil of bergamot before aging for 30 days. The balance of this blend is remarkable, with the base tea shining through and the bergamot ever-present. Every steep of Earl Gold brings forth a new dimension of malt, cocoa, and citrus notes with a strong natural sweetness and incredible heady aroma. I highly recommend enjoying Earl Gold gong fu style to fully experience the beauty of this blend!

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Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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5 tasting notes

This tea is even more beautiful than it is tasty.. And it’s not bad to taste either! ;-)
It didn’t to my favorites of black gold teas but it’s a good one.

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510 tasting notes

This is quite possible the best Earl Grey tea I have ever tasted! A beautiful, richly flavored base tea blended with just the right amount of bergamot. Smooth enough to drink straight, but even better with milk. If I could afford to, this is one of those teas that I would happily drink every day!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
9 tasting notes

This is one of the best teas I have ever seen. The bergamot flavour along with the malty taste of the tea creates an impeccable combination that is a must-try.

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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95
129 tasting notes

This is absolutely delicious, and I think it’s one of the few earl grey teas that I have had. It’s balanced very well.

I enjoyed the golden snails on their own, and this is a nice twist.

This was batch #8. Excellent stuff. I’m very excited to try the wildcrafted dian hong and the wild grey.

Daylon R Thomas

I actually liked both for different reasons.

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1096 tasting notes

Again, I have to say that Steepster has changed my life. Thanks to this wonderful community, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy 100x what I would have on my own; through recommendations, swaps, stash sales, and even gifts. This was one of those swaps :)

I drank this every morning for an entire week at work and found that it does best to brew bold and less than 4 infusions. Taste somewhat like what I would expect sweet bread made with dianhong with citrus splash ontop. Baked bread more than malt which is just fine, but it was a bit surprising. A warm cup in the morning. The one downside to this is that it doesn’t taste all that great when it is either lukewarm or cold; but I think this is true with all earl’d teas.

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31 tasting notes

If Golden Snail and Earl Grey had a baby this is it. True story. It’s the best of both worlds.
Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrus, Malt, Citrusy, Cocoa, Anise, Camphor, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Orange, Wet Wood, Caramel, Peanut, Yams, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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12:20 am Thursday Indianapolis, IN

This tea soothes every fiber of my body.

I enjoyed it western style with a tsp of vanilla syrup.

Although this tea is good, and the bergamot flavoring is definitely a high quality (the smell in the bag is powerful) I believe I like the flavor of the snails themselves better and would have liked this tea more without the essential oil part. Lucky for me Whispering Pines offers Golden Snails in a more traditional style. Along with that, the tea was astringent. The level of astringency wasn’t a deal breaker but it was noticeable and started getting worse after the 2nd or 3rd cup. Next time I will make it gongfu style.

Lastly, I feel like this tea doesn’t have as much stamina as similar teas I have tried. To me, it could have been better in that area. Those are the main reasons why I gave this tea a 79. I think when I try the plain golden snails the score will be closer to 90. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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916 tasting notes

When you’re tongue begs for a fatty, sugary cookie, but you get a better tea instead. The only ounce of guilt weighs from the price.

Liquid Proust

I drank an ounce of this over a week. I don’’t think it worked very well gongfu versus western; how did you brew it?

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve done it both Western and Gong Fu. I’ve used my 3 ounce Korean tea cup to brew it Gong Fu (it’s a porcelain cup with a lid and porcelain strainer), and I use 2-3 g of it. The first steep is 15 seconds. Y

Daylon R Thomas

Ignore the accidental Y.

Liquid Proust

Which way did you like?

Daylon R Thomas

I liked Gong Fu more just out of habit and preference. In terms of taste, Western style is a lot maltier/chocolate orange to me.

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90
231 tasting notes

Yeah… so this is now by far my favorite Earl Grey style of tea.

Malty Golden Snails meets the citrus of bergamont oil? You wouldn’t think it (or maybe you would) but the match is amazing.

Thanks to Nicole for sending me this sample. Now I have to wait for it to come back in stock!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrus, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole/Tea-Historic

While not as malty to my taste, Blue of London by Palais de Thes is an EG with a Yunnan base. Not the same as this, but I like it better than standard EGs.

mtchyg

Thank you for that tip! Off to research :)

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27 tasting notes

Best bergamot scented tea I’ve ever tried! It’s been about 20 years since I’ve bought a flavored tea, and this one is quite good. Although I still prefer my tea straight up (like a fine aged single malt scotch), this will surely be a crowd pleaser this Thanksgiving. I found myself preferring this tea midday with 3 or 4 drops of Agave. Odd, since I rarely sweeten my tea. EG is well balanced, and the cocoa notes in the base are a perfect complement to the citrus. Think citrus flavored dark malt chocolate dusted in cocoa. I won’t rate this one due to my strong preference for pure tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Citrusy, Cocoa

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