Review of Tetley earl grey teabags

After a cold and wet walk we ended up in a pub trying to shelter from the elements. As it was lunchtime we decided to stay for a bite to eat. I ordered our food and decided I needed warming up with a nice cup of tea. Luckily they had earl grey. Of course I asked for it milk free. I grabbed my mug and sat down.

The tea soon changed the hot water to a light brown colour. What I noted was the lack of aroma coming from my mug. I gave it a subtle sniff and nothing. I expected to be able to smell a hint of bergamot. I sipped the tea, no real flavour noted. It was as if I was drinking a weak black run of the mill tea. I left the teabag in the mug to continue to infuse with the hot water. This made the tea a little stronger but not significantly. I continued to sip on my tea. I was still unable to taste the bergamot or any real flavours to this tea. I was personally disappointed by this tea. It simply lacked any flavour or aroma.

Sorry Tetley but I have no plans to purchase a packet of these teabags and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone who enjoys a nice cup of earl grey.


  1. Missus Tribble
    January 24, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I can’t stand Tetley, PG or Typhoo, and I especially detest fake Earl Grey. While I don’t have any dairy allergies I always drink my tea black and I expect it to taste like what it purports to be. My favourite teas come from chinalife or – if I want something herbal – the Yogi range is lovely (don’t try their rose tea though, it’s revolting and smells so bad that we had to put it in the garage).

    • January 24, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my post. My mum and mother in law also drink their tea without milk but I don’t know anyone else who does this. I agree by having it black allows you to experience the teas true flavours. I must find some Chinalife and Yogi tea. It seems to get great reviews Chloe.

  2. January 24, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    It’s a tea I’ve yet to review. It’s your standard tea that I’ve never thought good or bad about. It’s been a while but I’ll see how it goes. Great post!

    • January 24, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments. I think I just hoped for a better tasting tea. If I was not aware it was earl grey I don’t think I would have been able say it was earl grey.

  3. glutenfreelady
    January 24, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I don’t care for earl gray, but I agree about tetley. Not much flavor there

    • January 24, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks it about the tea.

      • glutenfreelady
        January 25, 2016 / 3:01 am

        I love stash teas. They have great variety and they are all very aromatic.

  4. January 25, 2016 / 7:45 am

    A good rule of thumb that has worked for me for many a year – if you don’t enjoy a company’s loose leaf tea of type “X“, or if they don’t make a loose leaf tea of type “X“, the chances are that you won’t enjoy that company’s tea bag of type “X“… 🙂

  5. Glitter and Tea
    January 25, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I love how you give honest reviews on what tea should and shouldn’t taste like, they’re wonderful reviews! What is your favorite brand of tea as of right now? ~

    • January 25, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Hi thanks for stopping by and your kind comments. I try to be as honest as possible. My favourites at the moment are Twinings earl and lady grey, Pukka three mint and Sainsbury’s blackcurrant teas.

  6. February 1, 2016 / 3:06 am

    Earl Grey is always a hard one for a good cuppa. I quite like Tetley for their “Bold” Orange Pekoe in Canada, but in the US, Tetley is just rubbish at best. I’d have to hand my trophy to Ahmad Tea. I just love their English Tea No.1 and Earl Grey.

    • February 1, 2016 / 6:25 am

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’ve not seen the bold orange pekoe tea, but will take a look just in case it’s a available here in the UK. I will google Ahmad tea to see if I can can try their earl grey, thank you for the tip, Chloe.

  7. Patricia
    September 4, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Yes sorry to say that is not a good brand. I like my Twinings if I’m using teabags.

    • September 4, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Hi, I’m glad that I am not the only one who thinks this. Good old Twinings.

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