Tag Archives: Earl Grey

Review: Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey

Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

You all know how much I love earl grey tea! So, of course I was really excited to give this one a try. Overall a traditional earl grey blend of black tea and bergamot oil with the interesting addition of lavender, rose petals, marigolds and cornflowers.

The presentation of this tea is quite pretty, dark black tea with the light flower petals mixed through out. The aroma is also very nice with a decidedly floral scent. Finally, and more importantly, the taste was good too! Not quite the strong citrus burst typical of strong earl grey, but the bergamot still comes through enough. There is also a hint for flowers int he taste as well. The three flavors – the tea, bergamot, and flower petals – blend well together and are well-balanced.

This tea could easily become an everyday tea! It’s easy to drink, yet the taste remains interesting from start to finish.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Review: Tazo Earl Grey

Tazo Earl Grey

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (about boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes, then left in mug for the second steep
Served: Nothing added

The category of Earl Grey tea is so interesting to me because there are some Ealry Grey teas that I just love and could drink all day, everyday, then there are others that I would skip altogether. Tazo Earl Grey falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. It isn’t my favorite, but it still tastes pretty good and right away from the aroma and the taste you can tell right away that it is, in fact, and Earl Grey tea. The black tea flavor in this tea is good, nice and strong and the bergamot adds an herbal and mildly sweet note. This tea is great to grab on the go, but wont make the cut for an Earl grey connoisseur.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Tazo Earl Grey

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (about boiling point)

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: As a “tea latte” meaning foamy cappuccino milk and a little sweetener.
A tazo earl grey tea latte is one of my go-to Starbucks drinks. The foam makes me feel fancy yet the caffine content is much lower than coffee. I quite like this earl grey! I find tazo teas to be very dependable (awake is my fav) and whenever I see them offered at a restaurant I’m excited to be getting the good stuff. Note: don’t over steep or the bergamot in this tea will start to make it taste like perfume. 

Want to make a tea latte at home? All you need is one of these for your milk:


Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Quick Review: Cambridge & Thames Earl Grey Tea

 

Cambridge and ThamesAbby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212, boiling
Steeped: Left tea bag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Just a super fast review for you all this week:  I happened upon this Cambridge & Thames Earl Grey tea in my office kitchen and decided to try it out. Though touted as Earl Grey tea, you will be hard pressed to find even a hint of bergamot flavor. None could be found in my cup. That was a bit disappointing, but the tea flavor itself was good – a nice strong black tea with high astringent notes. Sadly there was also a strange floral, bordering on perfume, note to this tea. Maybe I steeped it too long? Maybe this is the bergamot? It was enough for me to notice, but didn’t change my feelings of love for the rich tea.  The mystery remains, I guess. I wouldn’t recommend this tea for Earl Grey lovers, but if you find yourself in my office kitchen (because, where else can you get this tea?) give it a try, it makes a decent cuppa.

Pro tip: You could use this tea for making Almond Earl, a super easy tea cocktail! Check it out here.

Taste: 3 of 5 – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

 

Review: Sloane Tea Fine Tea Merchants Earl Grey Classic

Sloane Tea Company Earl Grey ClassicAbby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Smell alone will tell you that this is an earl grey tea! As soon as the top of the canister is open wafts of citrus come right at you.  It smells wonderful! The dried tea leaves are a rich black color and some of them are pretty big. As this tea steeps you can start to smell the black tea mingle with the bergamot scent. Just lovely. As for taste, this tea hits the mark. It’s a strong black tea without bitterness and the bergamot is right there with it. The two are matched, equal, instead of one out shining the other. This classic combination is done so well in this tea blend.

 

Sloane Tea Company Earl Grey Classic

Give this tea a try if you, like me, are forever in search of the perfect earl grey tea. You might well find it here.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Sloane Tea Company Earl Grey Classic

 

Review: Twinings Earl Grey Tea

  Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212, boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Twinings Earl Grey is a great bagged tea to keep as a stand-by in the tea cabinet. As with other Twinings teas, the earl grey bagged is always consistent. With every step you will get the classic earl grey experience – strong black tea with hint of bergamot citrus flavor.  Typically with bagged tea, compared to loose-leaf-tea, the flavor is muted. But, with Twinings bagged tea this is less so. This earl grey still has good flavor. This tea has nutty black tea taste with bergamot adding a brightness.

Pro tip: This tea is great for making Almond Earl, a super easy tea cocktail! Check it out here.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

 

   

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212, boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: With milk & honey 

 As Abby said, this is a great standby. I use a BIG mug and like my tea STRONG sonic you’re like me I recommend 2 teabags or the loose leaf version of this tea. Nice flavor, very traditional early grey in every way. They would have been around for 300 years if this wasn’t a good tea! 

Check out the history of the company, it’s a very interesting read.

http://www.twinings.co.uk/about-twinings/history-of-twinings

Taste: Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Tea Cocktail: Almond Earl @ Sonny’s in Portland Maine

Sonny's Almond Earl

You all know how much Katie and I love tea and you may have heard us mention how much as also like cocktails – put the two together and we’re in adult-beverage heaven! I’ve got a new HOT cocktail recipe to share with all of our like-minded readers.

First, let me give credit where credit is due. I did not think this up on my own, but how I didn’t is beyond me. The other day I  went to brunch at Sonny’s in Portland, Maine.  Delicious brunch, BTW. Sonny’s is known for their amazing cocktails and during brunch service they have additional drinks available.  One of them is the Almond Earl, Earl Grey tea with Disaronno. It’s divine. A hot blend of black tea, citrus and almond. Perfect.

It is the easiest cocktail to make. Simply make a hot cuppa of your favorite Earl Grey tea and add a splash… or more of Disaronno, almond liqueur. Done. Enjoy!

Here are some Earl Grey teas that we think will work well:

David’s Tea – Cream of Earl Grey

Tea Forte – Earl Grey

Stash Tea – Organic Earl Grey Black and Green

And a decaf option too thought it’s not our favorite tea:

Spice and Tea Exchange Decaf Earl Grey

 

Review: Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea

 Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby Says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here we are again, reviewing another Stash Tea. We’ve enjoyed reviewing Stash tea in the past and jumped at the chance to do it again! This time we’re talking about Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea. It is as it sounds, a blend of black and green tea with a hint of bergamot to give it the classic Earl Grey flavor.

For me this tea is decidedly black, but lighter… I can clearly taste the nutty black tea flavors, but I don’t taste the typical green tea flavors of earth and vegetation. But, somehow, I can still tell that the green tea is there. Maybe it comes through in the mouth feel or the aroma? The citrus bergamot flavor is also light, presumably to allow you to taste the blend of the two tea types. In terms of Earl Grey tea alone, this is not my favorite. I usually like a strong black tea with a lot of bergamot when I drink Earl Grey. But, this tea is able to stand out because it’s a unique take on Earl Grey and I can appreciate that for sure!

I love to see tea companies embrace the organic food movement. I’ll admit that I don’t always eat organic food, but when given the choice because and non-organic option and one the is organic, usually I choose organic. Giving people choices about what the put in their bodies is so important and I love that Stash gives people that choice.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: with a touch of honey

For Halloween Abby and I certainly got treats and not tricks with a box full of stash tea! I really enjoyed this black and green blend. This is still a black tea, but a lighter version. In a string black tea I like a splash of milk and honey. However, this tea is really nice with just a touch of sweet. I like to bring my own tea when I travel and I’d consider traveling with this so I can have a tasty miring cuppa without needing to find milk.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: The Spice and Tea Exchange Decaf Earl Grey

Earl Gret Decaf

Overall rating: 

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves –  This tea is just ok.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 200+
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing at first, then a tiny bit of honey

This tea, The Spice and Tea Exchange Decaf Earl Grey started out on a high note, but fell from there. Before steeping this tea, I noticed how pretty it was with dark black tea leaves mixed with orange peels and cornflowers and as a dry tea it smells great with a strong bergamot aroma. It steeped to a deep brown and still had that nice citrus aroma you want from earl grey. Then I tasted the tea and was let down. It was just OK.

With decaf tea, I have come to expect a weaker tea, so I was prepared for that. The black tea flavor was there, but not as strong as a caffeinated tea. That’s OK though, we expect that and I could still taste the tea. What I didn’t anticipate was the vanishing bergamot! I can smell it, but I can’t taste it.

Taste: 2 of 5 leaves –  This tea is just ok.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Usually we really like teas from the Spice and Tea Exchange. Check out some of their other teas that we love:

Mystic Dragon

Hazelnut Cookie Tea

 

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 200+
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With milk & honey (Only use a little or you’ll overpower this mild tea)

As Abby commented, and as is true with most decaf teas, this one had a pretty weak flavor. If anyone out there finds a nice, strong, decaf black tea please let us know! The trick to this one is to put in a LOT of tea. I use double the amount of loose tea that I would normally use for another variety. It is only with this double strength trick that I really like this tea. Double strength brewed & it’s got some nice hints of black tea and bergamot that will stand up to a little milk & honey. If you use a normal amount of tea, it’s really not that great. The flavors get lost, especially if you like milk & honey in your back tea as I do. I don’t hold it against the spice and tea exchange that this tea is mild, since most decaf teas tend to be. Do be sure the click the links above to see some teas from them that we’ve loved!

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea. (When brewed at double strength)
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Review: David’s Tea Organic Cream of Earl Grey

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then added a splash of milk

This tea is so pretty!  I love the dry dark black tea mixed with flecks of blue cornflower and yellow marigolds and steeped it is a dark amber brown. It smells pretty too, like sweet creamy caramel. Thankfully, it doesn’t taste as sweet at is smells. Everyone knows I don’t drink really sweet tea. The taste has slight bitterness at the front with a lovely sweet aftertaste. For me, it doesn’t taste like earl grey, but like a great creamy black tea.  After trying a few sips black the addition of milk cut the bitterness and dryness of the tea and made the perfect cuppa!

This tea re-steeps well too. For the second steep I left if for about six minutes. This time around it was less sweet and the cream taste was more muted, but it still tasted great to me.  No milk or honey was added for the second steep.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then added a splash of milk & honey

 I LOVE LOVE LOVE my tea strong and with cream and sugar.  So naturally just the name of this tea instantly appealed to me. Also, as you can see from the photo above, it’s a beautiful tea! The only bit that was slightly unappealing for me was as this the scent as it was steeping; it had a sort of fake cream smell. The taste, however, was quite nice. You can tell that this is a high quality black tea. I liked this tea with added in cream & sweetness for something different. I do agree with Abby that I taste cream and vanilla but not much bergamot. Thanks Abby for introducing me to this fun new tea! This is great for anyone who likes a cream tea like galloway cream tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Review: Tea Forte Earl Grey

Tea Forte Earl Grey

Abby says:

Tea Type: Single-serving loose leaf packets
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea Forst Earl Grey

Whenever I prepare these cute little single-serving loose leaf tea packets from Tea Forte I think of Edward Norton’s character from Fight Club and his theories on single serving friends. Then laugh while making my tea. I like these little guys because they are easy to use and travel with.  They taste good too.

Tea Forte Earl Grey follows the traditional blend.  They use organic (Yippee!) and fair trade (right on!) black tea with bergamot.  The black tea is well matched with the bergamot.  There is nothing outstanding or out-of-the-ordinary about this tea, but it is done well and that clearly comes through when you drink it.  The only down side I have found is that even though it is loose leaf tea, many of the pieces were quite small with a few bigger pieces here and there.  Though the convenience and good flavor outweighed this flaw.  Recommended for travel and for the office.  Super easy, tastes good and doesn’t take up much space.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Tea Forte Earl Grey