Review of Marks & Spencer 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. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box to try.
I found the colour the of the grey packaging with its stripes a little dull if I’m honest. If I hadn’t need to stock up on my earl grey I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Onto the ingredients black tea 98.5% and flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.
On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the package there was an aroma of what I can only describe as an artificially strong bergamot with a hint of lavender intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this artificial aroma seemed to virtually disappear. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma 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? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted the lavender had simply disappeared. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. If I was doing a blind test I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish as being an earl grey tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very questionable hint of bergamot noted.
So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I have tried nicer own brand earl grey teas. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.


  1. February 14, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    That’s good to know! I never tried their Earl Grey, so I guess I won’t bother 😉

    • February 15, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my latest tea review. I’m glad you found it helpful at least there are lots of other earl grey teas to try, Chloe.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my latest tea review. It might be a good decision if you want to try one of their teas I can recommend their new mint infusion tea instead, Chloe.

  2. Teaisawishyourheartmakes
    February 16, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I love a good Earl Grey my current favourite is the twinnings one. I might have to get some of the m&s ones to try though ?

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Hi, have noticed that the Twinings blend has changed recently? I personally didn’t like the M & S one I hope that you do, Chloe.

  3. February 16, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Sorry your teas wasn’t terrific. 🙁 I’m not a black tea drinker…are there any herbals/greens that you like?

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my latest tea review. I personally like mint and camomile teas. I am fairly new to green teas. I have several reviews if you get chance to look. I hope that you find them helpful, Chloe.

  4. February 16, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I’m not one for Earl Grey tea, too stuck in my ways of PG tips! I definitely want to try new flavours this year and although EG is on my list, I think I’ll steer clear of this one now, the lavender does not sound appealing to me!

    XO, Ashley

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Hi Ashley, nothing wrong with PG! good luck trying earl grey it can be an acquired taste, I certainly recommend the lavender one that I tried. Another one to try that is easier to come by is Sainsbury’s taste The difference earl grey tea, Chloe.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Hi Lindsay, I have found the M & S teas a bit hit and miss, but yes this one was a definite miss for me, Chloe.

  5. Jennifer
    February 16, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I love Earl Grey tea, although haven’t bought any for a while! It’s a shame that this one was a bit disappointing
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Wellbeing & Lifestyle

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Hi Jennifer, you can’t beat a nice cup of earl grey tea. This sadly was not one, are there any that you can recommend that I should try, Chloe.

  6. Charlotte
    February 16, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Hate it when you brew a nice cup of tea and it turns out to be a total disappointment. Boring box and boring taste = total bummer. Will make sure to steer clear of this one! Lovely post though xx

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      Hi I love your summary, fab total bummer 😉 At least there are lots more earl grey teas to try, Chloe.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Hi, it’s probably for the best. I’ve not tried a London Fog, Chloe

  7. Bethany Lauren (@bethinieta)
    February 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I only have earl gray every now and then and if I bother to buy some, I like it be full of flavour, I won’t be buying this in future. Great review!

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Hi Bethany, if you like a full flavoured earl grey tea then this is certainly not for you. Are there any that you would recommend that I should try? Thank you for your kind comments, Chloe.

  8. February 16, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I wish I liked Earl Grey, it always smells so nice but I just don’t like the taste ?

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Hi, yes it is a bit of an acquired taste, but it works well milk free which is perfect for me, Chloe.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Hi Cora, there’s nothing worse than a strong artificial scent when drinking a tea, and you are right if you are drinking an earl grey you want it to be an earl grey not something artificial, Chloe.

    • February 18, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Hi, it was a tad disappointing never mind there are lots more earl grey teas for me to try.

  9. February 19, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Ohh no, what a shame! I’m not a tea drinker myself but would have thought M&S would have done nice tea bags! Always good to share your thoughts on something like this, thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst

    • February 19, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Hi, yes sadly it can be a bit hit and miss with M & S teas, Chloe.

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