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.
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.
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.
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.


  1. March 28, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I’ve tried this and it’s really calming – especially when you have it in the morning.

    • March 28, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Oh that’s interesting. I guess that’s the good thing about tea it’s a very personal taste. I’m glad you like it. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Chloe.

  2. Teaisawishyourheartmakes
    March 30, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve tried these before and I really didn’t like them! Supermarket wise I prefer the Tesco finest Earl grey ?

    • March 30, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Hi, these don’t seem to be very popular. My favourite supermarket brand so far is Sainsbury’s.

  3. March 30, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    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!

    • March 30, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Hi, what brands do you like? I like a medium weak tea but this just didn’t meet my expectations hey ho.

  4. Kayleigh Zara
    March 30, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I’ve had this tea before and I didn’t like it either! I love the asda one x

    • March 30, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Hi, it doesn’t seem to be very popular. I need to try the Asda one. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. March 30, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Thank you for your review! I’m trying to switch from coffee to tea in the morning (I feel like tea is healthier?!) so I’ll have to try the Sainsburys one you mentioned 🙂

    • March 30, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Yes it’s certainly worth a try. I have a few earl grey reviews you may find helpful as it’s kind of my favourite teas.

  6. March 30, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Brilliant review, i’ll know not to buy these as if im not having milk in a cuppa tea i like a full flavour to make up for it. Great post, love how detailed they are

    • March 30, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments much appreciated. Yes this certainly isn’t the tea to buy if you like a fuller flavour tea.

  7. March 30, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Indeed it was at least I have other earl grey teas to try.

    • March 30, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Hi, j think it’s perfect if you like a weaker strength earl grey tea. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  8. March 30, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Aww at least now you know it’s not for you! I really enjoyed reading this post, as you have a great writing style! X

    • March 31, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments much appreciated. At least there are still a variety of earl grey teas that I can try. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  9. Corinne & Kirsty ? (@corinnekirsty)
    March 30, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I absolutely love earl grey. My fav tea. The one I take every morning and when I have a snack at 5. I didn’t know this one. I don’t really shop at Co-op but I am trying to buy more ethical products so Fair Trade tea is just what I need. Thanks for sharing! xx Corinne

    • March 30, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Hi, if you like a weaker earl grey then this should be a good one to try. Fairtrade tea is always a bonus.

  10. diynige
    April 1, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    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

    • April 2, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Hi, I think I would only recommend it for someone who likes a weak earl grey. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. agentspitback
    April 11, 2017 / 10:01 am

    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

    • April 11, 2017 / 10:05 am

      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.

  12. April 18, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    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

    • April 19, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Hi, yes I font think that he would enjoy this tea then. Have fun experimenting with the loose leaf, Chloe.

  13. April 20, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I’m an avid tea drinker, but not that into earl grey.This would probably be great for someone like me, who would do better with a lighter version. Thanks for sharing with the #dreamteam.

    • April 21, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Hi, yes this earl grey would probably be a good one for you to try. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

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