Review of Tesco’s Finest Earl Grey Tea

Earl grey is one of my favourite teas and I am always on the look out to try new varieties to make the perfect cup of tea. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted that they had sold earl grey teabags in their Finest range so I had to give them a try.
I really liked the design of the packaging and was drawn to the words fragrant and refreshing. It had a mild strength rating of 1 and on the brewing instructions to the back it states leave to brew for 4-5 minutes and either add milk or have if black with a slice of lemon. This was perfect for dairy free me as I personally choose to have all my teas milk free. I couldn’t wait to give this earl grey tea a try.
Inside the box I was found a sealed foil package with the wording finest earl grey. On opening the foil I was greeted by a medium strength aroma of bergamot. This was slightly weaker than other teas I have tried and had a less orangey undertone noted. However, at least it was strong with an artificial chemically aroma that I have experienced with other earl grey teas that I have tried.
I placed the teabag in my favourite tea cup and added the freshly boiled water. The teabag immediately infused with the water to produce a light brown colour. I drink all my tea milk free and was worried that if I left the teabag in as instructed it would be to strong for me to enjoy. The tea continued to infuse and went a darker brown colour. Interestingly the aroma of the tea didn’t seem to intensify and remained pretty much the same as it did on removing it from the foil packet. As for the taste I could taste the subtle undertones of an orange bergamot flavour although this was a little weak and not as strong as I hoped. However, that said it was a nice refreshing tea to enjoy.
So would I recommend this earl grey tea. If I am honest probably not. It’s flavour and aroma don’t quiet match up to its description of having a distinctive hint of citrus. It was however a light and refreshing tea. It might therefore be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea and Twining’s earl grey tea. Sorry Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t really to my liking.


  1. Mia - The Cosy Book Shoppe
    April 19, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    I’m sorry this version of earl grey was a bust! I’m a big fan of Earl Grey as well and love it for the bergamot flavoring! It’s beautiful packaging and your tea cup is beautiful as well!

    • April 20, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Hi, I like description of bust. I’m the same I love the earl grey for the bergamot flavouring as well. Thank you for the kind comment about the tea cup, it was a gift rom my mum to use for my blog.

  2. Patricia
    April 19, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Earl Grey is my favorite afternoon teas! Twinings is one of my faves!

    • April 20, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Twining’s is one of my favourites as well.

  3. April 20, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Know what you mean about packaging. My daughter brought back some tea from South India that was packaged in a silky embroidered bag that I didn’t want to open and spoil, though finally did. Never been a fan of Earl Grey until recently, when someone gave me some as a gift – not packaged as nicely as yours.

    • April 20, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Hi, I’m always falling for packaging. The tea from south India sounds delightful, Chloe.

  4. April 20, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Remember when Tesco’s had their Earl Grey in the silver packaging? Interestingly enough, the tea was better back then. This rebrand: not so much. I tried it too and found it lacking (though not as terrible as the Coop’s Earl Grey which was vile!) Like you, I prefer Twining’s Earl Grey (or Lady Grey) when I need a quick cuppa and don’t have time to make loose leaf. Tends to be my default breakfast tea. I can highly recommend the various Earl Grey’s by Teapigs: they have a Darjeeling Earl Grey for the more delicate palate and a ‘Strong’ Earl Grey for a bit of a kick.

    • April 21, 2016 / 5:14 am

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’m afraid I don’t remember the earl grey in the silver packaging. Interesting that it was better then. I’ve not tried the co-op’s earl grey yet so might give it a miss then. I have Twining’s earl and lady grey most days and really enjoy them. I will have to try Teapigs earl grey teas, thank you, Chloe.

      • April 21, 2016 / 6:49 am

        You’re welcome! Just be aware that Teapigs is excellent but also more expensive. It’s basically loose leaf-grade tea in teabags.

  5. April 23, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I actually love this packaging, ugh why can’t we have Tesco in the US?

    • April 23, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Hi, it’s just a shame the tea didn’t match up to the packaging. I don’t think you are missing out really but not having a Tesco’s. I personally prefer the supermarkets in the US.

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