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!

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Earl Grey White Tip from TeaSource

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaSource

Product Description:

Made from fine Chinese teas with a large portion of white tips (the most prized leaf of the plant) and blended with the finest oil of bergamot available. Incredibly aromatic and flavorful.

Tasters Review:

Earl Grey White Tip Tea from TeaSource!  Very Nice!

The draw for me on this one is the wonderful bergamot…it’s delightful!  It’s the perfect amount for me and it tastes REAL not artificial.  There is a good deal of that Earl Grey Floral aroma and taste as well which is strong but true.  There is an interesting mellowness or smoothness even tho it’s strong…maybe more towards the end of the sip…regardless it is good and does stand out to be a memorable Earl Grey!

This is a great cuppa for those rough mornings…and this morning…was a rough morning!

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!

 

 

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond Tea from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond black loose leaf tea leaves are mixed with almond pieces and vanilla flavoring. The brewed liquor offers a pleasant flavor of bergamot mixed with the nutty tones of almond and creamy undercurrents of vanilla. This loose leaf black tea is perfect for desserts or for just a pure indulgence.

Tasters Review:

This is unlike anything I have EVER smelled in my life!  It’s powerful and has attitude!  And I like that!

The DRY Aroma – I can smell Almond right off the bat!  Right after that scent follows the Earl Grey!  I can smell both – both together and separately!  It’s very intense!  And VERY Unique!

After infusing – the almond tones down quite a bit and the Earl Grey comes thru even more.

The color of the infused liquid is that of a medium brown.

The taste is out of this world!

I can taste the bold black tea wonderfully!  Then I can taste the nicely done Earl Grey flavors and THEN the Almond barges thru!   The vanilla slides in towards the end of the sip and smooths it out pleasantly.

This is such a FUN tea!  I think it’s just GREAT!  I’m very impressed with the aroma, flavors, and creativity of both!   This is a REAL winner!

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