Classic Earl Grey from Butiki Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Classic Earl Grey is blended with Chinese, Indian, and Sri Lankan teas and is enhanced with a touch of natural bergamot oil. The character is distinct with a citrus flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very well-crafted Earl Grey!

It is not often that I come across an Earl Grey that is as well balanced as this one.  The flavor of the bergamot is strong – but the black tea is just as strong and the two compliment each other well without competing with one another.

The black tea base is brisk and bold.  It is a toothsome black tea with a deep, complex flavor.  There are notes of malt and even some distant spice notes in there!  There is a light astringency to this – lighter in astringency than I ordinarily experience with a citrus flavored tea – and no bitterness.  A very delicious blend of black teas!

The bergamot is fragrant and crisp.  Citrus-y tart but also pleasantly sweet.  This has very few floral notes to it – the bergamot here prefers to exhibit its citrus tones rather than its flowery qualities which is perfectly fine with me.  It has a clean, authentic taste to it.  It doesn’t come across as perfume-ish.  Just delicious.

This is an Earl Grey that would work nicely as a hot or iced tea, although I generally prefer my Earl Grey teas hot … with just a tiny drizzle of honey, if you please!  I don’t usually add milk to my Earl Grey so I didn’t here, but it should take it very well if you prefer Earl Grey with milk.  A good “anytime” tea, this Classic Earl Grey from Butiki!

Organic Earl Grey Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Buy:  Arbor Teas

Product Description:

This organic, Fair Trade Certified version of the classic Earl Grey does not disappoint. It has a correct balance of flavoring which results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste. Made fashionable by the Prime Minister of England Earl Grey (1830-1834), Earl Grey is traditionally a blend of Chinese and Indian teas flavored with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit.

The legends of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Chinese citizen, and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, this diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story claims that it was the Prime Minister himself who was awarded the recipe.

Ingredients: organic black tea and natural bergamot flavor

Taster’s Review:

I am crazy about Earl Grey tea.  Let me rephrase that:  I am crazy about GOOD Earl Grey tea.  And this is GOOD Earl Grey tea!

What do I like about Earl Grey?  So many things!

I like that breathtaking aroma that overcomes me when I first open a package of Earl Grey.  The scent of bergamot is amazing, and when it comes to that first aromatic impression, I like them to be strong and even a bit overwhelming.  Just as important is the scent of the brewed liquor, it doesn’t have to be as strong as the dry leaf, but, I want it to smell every bit as inviting.

Yep… this Earl Grey has a fantastic fragrance!

I love the flavor of a good Earl Grey.  The black tea base should be bracing enough to stand out amid the rather assertive flavor of the bergamot, but it shouldn’t be bitter nor should it be so strong that it overwhelms the nuances of the bergamot.

The bergamot should be crisp and flavorful without tasting artificial or soapy.  It should be strong enough to express itself without coming across like Auntie Matilda’s perfume.

Yep… this Earl Grey has an outstanding black tea base and a bright, tart bergamot orange taste.

This Earl Grey has everything that I look for in a good Earl Grey Tea – and then some!   It is certified organic (that’s also very important to me) and Arbor Teas’ packaging is compostable (another very important factor).

Yep… I’m crazy for Arbor Teas’ Earl Grey Black Tea!

And here is something else to go crazy over:  In celebration of National Hot Tea Month, Earl Grey Black Tea is 15% off for the remainder of January!

Earl Grey Black Tea from Bentley’s Finest Tea/Boston Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Boston Tea Company

Product Description:

Awaken your senses with the aromatic bouquet of Earl Grey! A blend of premium high-grown Chinese and Indian black teas are enhanced with the tart, citrus flavor of bergamot. Named after a 19th Century English Prime Minister, you’ll regally partake of this lovely fragrant tea that’s freshly treasured in this sleek, classic black tin. Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!

Taster’s Review:

When it comes to Earl Grey, it would seem that every tea company out there has one.  (Yeah, I know there’s a joke in there, but, not one I care to use when talking about one of my favorite types of tea!)  What I’ve learned over the years about those many Earl Grey choices is that even though they share the same name, they certainly do not taste the same.  Some are definitely better than others.

This is a pretty good Earl Grey.  It is especially good when considering that it’s a bagged Earl Grey.  The truth be known, I’ve not had a lot of luck when it comes to bagged Earl Grey varieties.  I’ve found a few that I’ve enjoyed, but I’ve also found a few that I was unable to finish the cup.  This one – I’m enjoying!

The bergamot is strong and flavorful.  It has a delicious citrus-y taste that is sweet, with that sharp edge for which bergamot is known.  There is not quite so much of a flowery/perfume-y quality to this bergamot as in some Earl Grey, so if you are one who might find that perfume-ish flavor somewhat off-putting, this Earl Grey may just be right up your alley.

The black tea in this blend is brisk and tasty.  It is not bitter and has very little astringency to it.  There is a pleasing tone of sweetness to the overall cup.

This is an Earl Grey that I’m likely to keep on hand.  It is one of the better bagged Earl Grey varieties that I’ve encountered and while I do prefer loose leaf to bagged teas, there are times when I appreciate the convenience of bagged tea, especially when I’ve a busy day ahead and don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, measuring, brewing and straining tea.  I still want to enjoy my morning tea, and good tea bags such as this one give me that option!

Manhattan Earl Grey from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sands of Thyme

Product Description:

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Ingredients: black tea, sunflower blossoms, flavor, mallow blossoms

Tasters Review:

I’m always looking for something OTHER than run-of-the-mill Earl Grey and this one fits the bill.  Sure, it’s floral, but that is the draw with this one!  It’s strong but creamy.  The Bergamot isn’t the focus here it’s very much in the background and contributes a little more than a hint of it in the overall taste of the tea.  The stereotypical Earl Grey taste is a bit more subtle that most and the floral notes have stepped up to bat for this one.

This is a nice departure from your stereotypical Earl and I like it!

Earl Grey Tea from TeaSpree

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TeaSpree

Product Description:

Ingredients:  organic black tea, bergamot essential oil.

Taster’s Review:

As some of you are probably well aware, I am very fond of Earl Grey tea.  Bergamot is perhaps my favorite tea flavoring … or at the very least, it is in my top three, together with jasmine and chocolate.

This is a very fine Earl Grey from TeaSpree.  Having tried several teas from TeaSpree, that comes as no surprise to me, I have been quite impressed with their offerings!

The black tea is smooth and pleasant.  Brisk, but not overly aggressive, this would make a charming afternoon pick-me-up.  There is very little astringency to the tea – just a bit at the tail of the sip – but not so much that it leaves the tongue feeling overly dry.  No bitterness, in fact, at the point in the sip where I occasionally experience a slight bitter note when sipping black tea, this tea comes off tasting slightly sweet.  It’s a little different, but quite enjoyable, and it nicely accents the bergamot.

The bergamot is not overdone in this tea.  It has a very agreeable level of strength without becoming overwhelming or tasting like it’s overcompensating.  It doesn’t have that fake, chemical aftertaste to it – it just tastes like a sweet, tangy burst of citrus.  Delicious!

While I prefer my Earl Grey without the addition of milk or cream, I know that some of you probably do like it.  I think that this Earl Grey would take very nicely to such an addition.  It is also quite nice straight up!

A high recommendation to all Earl Grey enthusiasts out there!

 

 

Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TeaFrog

Company Description:

This version of Earl Grey will suit the tastes of both traditional EG drinkers, and those who find bergamot to be too overpowering. Vanilla overtones and a smooth, creamy taste are in the forefront of the flavours of this tea, and while the bergamot is there, it takes a backup role in this fine flavoured black tea. Whether you are a fan of Earl Grey Tea or not, this tea will suit the palate of any discerning tea drinker, and serves well as an after dinner finishing drink or a mid-afternoon “snack”.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Cornflower petals, Natural Flavours

Taster’s Review:

I love Earl Grey tea.  But, I have to tell you that my fondness for Earl Grey started out with a Cream Earl Grey such as this one.  The first time I tasted an Earl Grey tea, I found that the bergamot was a bit overpowering for me – to the point of tasting a bit like perfume (or at least what I imagined perfume would taste like).  After that unpleasant experience, I was quite hesitant to try another Earl Grey.

Then I discovered Cream Earl Grey tea and I quickly fell in love.  So much so that I began blending my own Earl Grey Creme… but that’s another story!

This Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog is quite good.  I love the way the vanilla flavoring (the “Cream”) mingles with the bergamot and black tea.  Together they create an almost caramel-y taste that lingers well into the finish.

The black tea base is a solid black tea:  strong but not overwhelming, smooth with a bold, bright taste.  It has a medium astringency to it that is somewhat dry.  No bitterness to this tea, though (unless it’s over-steeped that is!)  Just a delicious, well-rounded tea.

The bergamot is significantly softer than you would find in most Earl Grey teas, but that’s because the vanilla cream taste softens it.  I like that it curbs the sharp notes of the bergamot, thereby eliminating that tendency to taste a bit soapy or perfume-ish.  Instead, you just get delicious Earl Grey flavor with a sweet, creamy high note.

This is a really delicious Cream Earl Grey – if you’re like me and rather fond of Earl Grey (or Cream Earl Grey) – this is one you should definitely try.

Earl Grey Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

A milk chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate ganache infused with the citrusy tang of our Earl Grey Black Tea.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 6 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

I realize that I’ve probably said this about each and every truffle in this collection – but this one is the best!

The creamy milk chocolate is a perfect match with the Earl Grey tea – and while the chocolate IS the dominate flavor (it is a chocolate truffle, after all), the flavor of the black tea and bergamot do come through.

The flavor is very satisfying.  The chocolate is rich and sweet and absolutely delicious.  The bergamot has a clean, citrus-y note that lends a lightness to the taste.  The black tea notes are very soft in this, but not completely overwhelmed by the chocolate.

These chocolates are available during the months of November through February, so there’s no time to waste!   I think I discovered them on the Arbor Teas website back in March of this year, and it’s seemed like it took forever for November to finally get here so that I could try them!  I’ve been so looking forward to them, and they have EXCEEDED my high expectations.  They are really fantastic!

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