Review of Marks & Spencer Decaffeinated 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 of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.


I Liked the brown cardboard box style of packaging with the white box to the centre describing the tea. The simple light green stripe in this box and running down the centre was simple but somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea 97.5% and bergamot flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. The tea is also clearly labelled as being fair trade.

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 a slightly artificial bergamot. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be significantly weaker. 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. 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 medium strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. That said it was one of the nicer decaffeinated teas I have tried as it didn’t taste to chemically which has been the case with other decaffeinated teas that I have tried.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea? This is a tough one if I’m honest. As an earl grey tea no. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. As a decaffeinated every day tea probably as it is one of the nicest ones that I have tried so far.

52 Comments

  1. serenityyou
    July 12, 2017 / 7:22 am

    I like the sound of the bergamot in it, but I think i would prefer an everyday traditional tea #bestandworst

    • July 12, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Hi, I think many prefer a traditional tea but earl grey is becoming very popular.

  2. July 12, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Oh love a decaf. So doesn’t taste like Earl Grey but a good decaf. I will have to try. #BloggerClubUK

    • July 12, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Hi, yes if you like a regular decaf this might be for you.

  3. July 12, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I love Earl Grey, I’ll have to give this one a try! #bestandworst

    • July 12, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Hi, sadly it wasn’t for me. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. July 12, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Ah shame not one of your faves but I often find de caff is never as good. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • July 12, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Hi, yesI agree decaf is often not as nice a regular tea. Perhaps I should stick to peppermint tea.

    • July 12, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Indeed, I’m a sucker for packaging.

  5. July 12, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I love Earl Grey, but as I have small kids my life runs on caffeine haha! #BloggerClubUK

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Ha ha I totally understand, mine often runs on caffeine as well 😊.

  6. July 12, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Can’t beat a good cup of earl grey and even better if you want to watch your caffeine. i love the little tea cup and saucer so cute X #bloggersclubuk

    • July 12, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      You sure can’t beat a nice cup of earl grey. My mum choose this tea cup for my blog. It’s proving to be very popular.

  7. July 12, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Love Earl Grey and tend to lean towards decaf, because I like tea later in the day–will have to look out for this!

    • July 12, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Oh I hope you like this tea then. Sadly, I wasn’t that keen on it.

  8. July 12, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    There is nothing that beats Earl Grey tea. I especially love how carefully package to keep away moisture it is. You know that you are a buying good quality everytime.

    • July 12, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Hi, you’re sure right you can’t beat a nice cup of earl grey. The foil packaging is a great added extra. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Alyssa @chaos and comfort blog
    July 12, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    What would be the point of decaffeinated tea? 😉 I do love a cup of peppermint tea though. Maybe I’ll give this one a try

    • July 12, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Hi, I love my mint tea as well. I hope you like this earl grey.

  10. Erin @ Pulp Studios
    July 12, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I too love Earl Grey tea!! Have never tried this brand though, I will have to check them out. Now I am inspired to go brew a pot.

    • July 12, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Hi, I hope that you had a nice cuppa 😊☕️

  11. July 13, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Decaffeinated… oh my, no. Captain Picard only drinks, “Tea. Earl Grey, hot,” and I’m sure he’s no decaffe man, lol. Nice review!

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Hi, I love my earl grey but have been trying to reduce caffeine intake. Oh and yes it does have to be hot 😊.

  12. July 13, 2017 / 6:39 am

    I am a tea lover and vouch for various tea flavors. It’s good to meet fellow tea lovers who put in so much effort for tea reviews

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Hi, fellow tea lover nice to meet you. Thank you for your kind comments much appreciated.

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Why thank you, are you a tea person?

      • July 24, 2017 / 5:02 am

        Im a coffee person 🙂 occasional tea lover 😉

        • July 25, 2017 / 11:20 am

          Occasional is ok 😊

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      No can I 😊. I hope thatyou enjoy this tea.

  13. lilynoova
    July 13, 2017 / 6:59 am

    I’m really picky in terms of tea because of its taste, but when there’s a nice flavor or a smell or fruits, I like it more 🙂

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Hi me to, taste and aroma are so important.

  14. Sha reth daz
    July 13, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I prefer Traditional Tea but I will definitely try the Earl Grey Tea

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Hi, you can’t beat a traditional brew. I hope that you enjoy earl grey.

  15. July 13, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I have never tried Earl Grey, I am a new tea drinker (shocking I know!) and it was only when I lived in the UK for 18 months that I got converted. Might steer away from this one though. Thanks for the review!

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Hi, you should give an earl grey a try its one of the most popular choices in the UK now. It’s never too late to start enjoying tea.

  16. July 13, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Can’t go wrong with the Earl! Nice post!

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Hi, you can’t sadly this wasn’t.

      • July 13, 2017 / 7:56 pm

        Sorry I somehow missed the normally from that! I’m terrible with this phone since days 😞

        • July 14, 2017 / 5:38 am

          No problem we all do it 😊

  17. secretsofgreatestminds
    July 14, 2017 / 4:49 am

    Want to try this one! Love your blog!

    • July 14, 2017 / 5:38 am

      Hi, I hope you enjoy it. Sadly it wasn’t for me. Thank you for the kind comments much appreciated.

  18. July 14, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I don’t usually drink tea or coffee because I don’t like hot drinks, but also mainly because the caffeine in it can give me heart palpitations. It’s good to see that there is a decaffeinated version of Earl Grey! I didn’t even know they did decaffeinated teas! Thank you for this review.

    • July 15, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Hi, there are quiet a lot of options out there to try. Have you ever tried a rooibos tea? It’s a great caffeine free alternative.

  19. July 18, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    It surprises me that Marks and Spencer’s didn’t pass your taste test, you’d expect them to! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • July 18, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Hi, yes sadly not. It can be a bit hit and miss with their teas.

  20. July 18, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Oh I’m surprised that Marks and Spencers wasn’t a high quality! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • July 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Hi, it doesn’t surprise me as it can be pot luck sometimes with their teas.

  21. susielhawes
    July 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Ah I’m not an Earl Grey fan, but I do find decaf is never as good as normal english breakfast. Which is a pain as I have to drink decaf mostly now! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • July 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Hi, yes oh to find a decaf regular tea that is as nice as regular tea.

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