Review of PG Tips Earl Grey Tea

Now most days I enjoy a nice cup of earl grey tea. I am a creature of habit I’m afraid. That said I am always looking out for new earl grey teas to try. So when I saw that PG Tips did an earl grey tea I just had to give it a try.
I loved the packaging it is the same as with all of the other PG Tips tea that I have had. It has a picture of a cute monkey to the back who had a wonky bowler hat on. Onto the ingredients I was a tad disappointed by this, black tea with flavouring. Erm…. This could mean anything. That said there is some wording above this made with a bergamot flavour. On a positive note at least there were no allergens listed or a may contain warning.
On opening the box I was hoping for a subtle aroma of bergamot. Sadly, this was not the case the only aroma I could smell was that of which is typical from an everyday black tea. Very disappointing. Even on my close up sniff test this did not change. On adding the hot water to the teabag the tea soon infused with the water. The water turned a light brown/ medium brown colour. I left the teabag to infuse for 2 minutes. The tea itself was stronger than I anticipated I think because it was more like an everyday black tea. Sadly, still no bergamot aroma noted. On sipping the tea my taste buds were hit by what seemed to be an everyday black tea. I couldn’t taste the bergamot flavouring at all.
So would I recommend this tea, no if I am brutally honest. I’m afraid that this has to be one of the worst earl grey teas that I have tried. There simply was no bergamot aroma or flavour to this tea. It smelt and tasted like an everyday budget black tea with a faint flavour of something added which changed its flavour slightly. It certainly didn’t taste like bergamot to me. Sorry PG, but this tea certainly was not for me.


  1. lisa anniesette
    August 9, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Out of curiosity, which are some of your favorite Earl Grey teas?

    • August 9, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my latest tea review. I would have to say Fortnum & Mason, Bluebird Tea Co and Pret. I’m always looking out for new ones to try so if you have any suggestions please let me know, thanks Chloe.

  2. August 9, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    That’s interesting. I have personally preferred supermarket own branded ones instead. Oh and the Fortnum & Masons is one of my favourites as well. I also really enjoyed trying Bluebird Tea Co lavender grey.

  3. August 9, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Good to know about PG tips Earl Grey as I’ve been making cakes with tea bags… I’m not an expert but I really like Twinings – it says it’s ‘light’ but it adds a really nice bergamot flavour to cakes. I’ll try Fortnum & Masons one day. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • August 9, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Hi Lili,
      Thanks for taking the time to read my tea review. I often have Twinings as an everyday earl grey tea. The Fortnum & Masons is certainly worth a try, Chloe.

      • August 9, 2016 / 8:55 pm

        Thanks for the feedback Chloe! Nice to know you like the Twinings and I’ll definitely get hold of some Fortnum & Masons.:) x

  4. August 10, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    The classic PG tips is one of my all-time favorites. I know it’s just a basic everyday tea in the UK, but it’s better than the store blends here in the states. My husband surprised me with a huge box of it years ago and it lasted forever! Too bad the Earl Grey is nothing special.

    • August 10, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my tea review. I love Lipton every day tea that I have when I’m in America maybe it’s because I’m on my holidays. I don’t mind having the regular PG tips, as it works ok as a medium weak black tea. I just hoped for more with the earl grey. I hope that you can stock up again on your PG soon.

  5. August 12, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I adore a good cup of Earl Grey tea. The subtle bergamot is so enticing. It makes me think of a rainy London day. The senses are so important to me when enjoying a cup of tea! Thank you for your reviews on which ones are worth buying!

    • August 12, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Hi Sandra, thanks for taking the time to read my tea review. I personally love a nice tea with a subtle aroma and taste of bergamot. This just wasn’t the case with this tea. I totally agree the senses are so important when having a cup of tea. Do you have any recommendations of some earl grey teas to try ? I’m always for new ones to try, Chloe.

      • Julie
        August 23, 2016 / 10:51 pm

        One of my favourite tea bloggers, Laura’s Tea Room, is obessed with Earl Grey and most of her early posts were on Earl Grey and their variants. Here is a link to her blog w/ the results of a search of “Earl Grey” on her blog: Hope this helps!

  6. Carol
    September 29, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Sainsburys own Taste the Difference Earl Grey are the best IMO. Twinings are a bit expensive for me though the T bags are lovely.

    • October 1, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Hi Carol, thank you for taking the time to read my tea review. I agree about the Sainsbury’s earl grey tea. I have a lot of Twinings when at the gym as it’s the tea they serve, also very nice, Chloe.

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