Review of Clipper organic earl grey tea

I am a girl who loves my cups of earl grey tea. It is my tea of choice and I am always on the lookout for new teas to try, just in case I am missing out. I have tried and reviewed a couple of Clipper teas on my blog and have really enjoyed them. So I thought that I should give their earl grey tea a try.
I liked the colour of the putty green and blue packaging with a picture of a teapot and teacup to the front with silver leaves balancing on top. I also liked the phrase to the top right of the front of the box, make every day a little bit special. Onto the ingredients list organically grown fair trade tea and natural bergamot flavour is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the box I was greeted by sealed foil packages inside which were the teabags. I personally like this as it’s a great way to try to keep those teabags fresh.
On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a very faint hint of bergamot intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the bergamot to be stronger. I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water to let the tea infuse with the hot water for the recommended brewing time. The tea infused with the hot water and turned to a medium brown colour. But what about the aroma? I still struggled to smell the bergamot, it was pretty weak. On my close up sniff test it intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint taste that bergamot. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I have loved all of the Clipper teas that I have previously tried. All of which have had a nice aroma and flavour. These teabags just didn’t seem to compare.
So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. The tea was light and delicate as described but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. Sorry Clipper but this tea just wasn’t for me.


    • December 20, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      No problem thanks for taking the time to read my review, Chloe.

      • December 20, 2016 / 9:22 pm

        Did you see the Twitter message to us from Ace Tea??

        • December 20, 2016 / 9:24 pm

          Oh no. Just catching up on blog quickly. I shall take a look in a mo. Thank you.

    • December 23, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my latest tea review. Earl grey certainly is a great tea to try, Chloe.

  1. January 11, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Ah its so good to find this! I thought it was just me that really dislikes this brand of earl grey! It’s such a disappointment and they so often serve it in cafes too! its such a shame. Cheers for making me feel a little less fussy!

    • January 12, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Hi, I’m glad I’m also not the only one didn’t really enjoy this tea. I drink a lot of earl grey and this was a little disappointing. Such a shame when their other teas are nice, Chloe.

  2. Cathrine Pedersen
    October 4, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    A Norwegian tea lover here. I bought this one as the first of my experience With Clipper Organic Tea. I bought it my grocery shop, and they carry many flavors of this line. Unfortunately I was not too happy With this one, Earl Grey, either. It lacks something. I prefer black teas, not too fond of herbal teas or too sour tasting teas of different berries and fruits. But this may make me not trying more options of Clipper Tea. I also find the design and packaging rather cheap looking. This was a dissappointment. I og back to Twinings Earl Grey, no one over, no one beside it.

    • Pinkiebag
      October 10, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      That’s a shame it wasn’t for you. At least there are lots of teas to choose from. I often drink Twinings. Have you tried their lady grey? It’s one of my favourites.

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