Review of co-op Earl Grey Fairtrade 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. My mum recently got me a box of co-op fairtrade earl grey tea to try because she knew that I had yet to try this tea. So of course I had to pop up to my mums to give it a try. It may not have been in my blog teacup, but this didn’t matter as mum always makes the best cups of tea.
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I liked the colour of the purple packaging with a picture of a teacup filled with tea and a slice of lemon. It looked just like my perfect cup of tea. Onto the ingredients list fair trade tea and natural flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a 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? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted a little disappointing if I’m honest. On my close up sniff test the bergamot intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. On a positive note it was light and refreshing and worked well milk free. It might also be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea everyday black tea that but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer supermarket branded earl grey teas. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea. Sorry co-op but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

30 thoughts on “Review of co-op Earl Grey Fairtrade Tea

  1. I recently switched from a cup of coffee in the morning to a cup of black tea with milk! Earl Grey is definitely one of my favorites. Disappointed this is weak – definitely not my cup of tea- but thanks for the valuable review!

  2. I love a cup of tea especially Earl grey but will be giving this one a miss good honest review Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  3. Shame you didn’t enjoy the tea. I do enjoy Earl Grey myself but I like a strong aroma too. I am usually not that adventurous with my drinks. I tend to stick to what I am familiar with. Thanks for sharing your review with #bigpinklink

    • Hi, yes it was a little disappointing but might be nice for someone who is new to earl grey as a gentle introduction. I’m glad you like a strong aroma to your earl grey as well. Are then any you recommend? I’m always looking for new ones to try, thanks.

  4. My husband is an Earl Grey drinker and very particular about his brew. (I am too but I’m a Twinings Everyday bland girl!) I’ll be sure not to get this for him as he likes his tea to have a good aroma which this clearly didn’t. As of this weekend we’ve been experimenting with loose leaf again! #DreamTeam

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