Review of Tesco’s Finest 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 Tesco’s I yet again found myself in their tea aisle. As I am trying really hard to reduce my caffeine intake I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.

I Liked the design of the packaging the blue and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background caught my attention. As did the teas description of a fragrant and refreshing delicate tea. This could be a great tea to have milk free. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and bergamot flavour 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 would describe as an everyday black tea with a slight hint of citrus noted. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be weaker and the citrus element disappeared.

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 very faint hint of citrus and not really of bergamot. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. On sipping the tea it tasted like an everyday black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly artificial citrus flavour noted.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. Sorry Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.


  1. August 22, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Good to read an honest review. I don’t drink Earl Grey but one of my best friends does and I always have a packet in the cupboard for when she comes round. I buy the Clipper tea and apparently it’s very nice! #dreamteam

    • August 23, 2017 / 5:31 am

      Hi, yes I tried Clipper and I have to say it wasn’t my favourite tea. What a great friend you are always have a supply of earl grey for your friend.

  2. August 22, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    That’s a shame I was hoping it was good from the fancy packaging

    • August 23, 2017 / 5:26 am

      Indeed never mind lots more to try. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  3. August 22, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    The packaging is wonderful. Too bad it’s weak. I have found its very hard to fine really good decaffeinated tea. I usually just use PG Tips decaf for late night tea drinking lol.

    • August 23, 2017 / 5:25 am

      Hi, it sure is fab packaging shame about the contents. I shall have to give the decaf PG a try.

  4. August 22, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Ah the box is so pretty I may have been tricked if I did see it in the stores. Thanks for sharing! I’ve bought far too many teas that tasted just bland.

    • August 23, 2017 / 5:24 am

      Hi, I always fall for packaging I’m afraid. It’s a real shame when you find a bland tea, never mind lots more to try.

  5. August 23, 2017 / 10:35 am

    It’s great to read an honest review. Looks are not everything! xx


    • August 25, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Hi, they sure aren’t. I try to be as honest as possible with all of my reviews. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. August 23, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Thanks for review. Do you ever wonder how tea/coffee are decaffeinated? I read so much ‘stuff’ about this; not sure what to think anymore!

  7. August 23, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I am not an Early Grey fan at the best of times! Lovely to read an honest review – thanks for sharing xxx #HumpDayLinky

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Hi, I am as honest I can be with all of my reviews. I think you either love or hate earl grey, a bit like marmite.

  8. August 23, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Ahh that’s such a shame. I’m allergic to caffine so I’m always on the look out for new decaff teas and coffees to try! #HumpDayLinky

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Oh no, that must be tough. I would perhaps give this tea a miss then.

  9. August 23, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Earl Grey seems to be a favorite amongst my friends. It great to know that there is a decaf option.

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Hi, there are a lot of decaf options out there, personally I would give this one a miss.

  10. aliduke79hotmailcom
    August 23, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    That’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it. I drink “normal” decaff tea everyday, my local coffee house does it too and I really enjoy them.

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Hi, maybe I should try regular decaf tea and see what I think instead of just sticking to earl grey. I’m glad that you have found a nice tea that you enjoy.

  11. livanie´s
    August 23, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I love Earl Great tea. I´m sorry that didn’t enjoy this one. But thanks for this honest review

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Hi, yes it’s a very popular tea, sadly this one just wasn’t for me. I try to be as honest as I can with my reviews.

  12. August 23, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Earl Grey is my favorite! I’d be so disappointed if it didn’t taste good. Thanks for your recommendation, I’ll stay away from that brand.

  13. August 24, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I’m a bit of a tea fanatic and I don’t rate Tesco very highly at all. Williamson’s or Whittards all the way for me and occasionally some TeaPigs! It’s a lovely box though and I like the idea of a decaff Earl Grey.

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Hi, I need to try Williamsons as I’ve not heard of this brand before. It is a lovely box indeed just a shame about the contents.

  14. August 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

    This is good to know! I was actually considering getting it as I love Earl Grey but don’t want more caffeine in my day… shame 🙁

  15. The Pramshed
    August 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    It’s great to read an honest review of a product, rather than saying that it tastes like Earl Grey. I’m not huge fan of Earl Grey, for some reason it makes me feel really dehydrated, but I am a huge fan of tea and really need to reduce my intake. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Hi, how interesting that earl grey makes you feel dehydrated, great to see you love tea though. I don’t think that I will ever reduce my intake 😊.

  16. August 24, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Love your honest review! My husband is a huge fan of cup of tea, but we buy only the loose tea.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Hi, thank you I try to be as honest as I can, loose tea is indeed the best but it’s often not possible for me to have this.

  17. August 24, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Oh no 🙁 we love Earl Grey but thankful for this honest review, it seems not even added fresh lemon would save it… #DreamTeam #TwinklyTuesday x

  18. August 24, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Oh no, what a bummer! Thanks for the honest review, I guess I’ll be sticking to M&S 🙂

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Hi,it sure was a bummer. I personally find it a bit hot and miss with M & S teas.

  19. August 24, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    This is my breakfast tea, i tried a lot of other combinations but must say returned to the good olf fashion lemon

  20. August 24, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Great review! I have been trying to cut back on decaf and am interested in trying this! I am a big fan of tea and have hated having to say goodbye to some of my favorites!

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      Hi, I recommend that perhaps you give this one a misss then.

  21. August 24, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    So sorry this one didn’t work out for you! Earl Grey is delightful and a good decaf version would be great, plus the packaging is super pretty! Oh well — back to the drawing board, Tesco!


  22. August 24, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Awww that’s a real pity you were disappointed by this tea.. I’m personally not not an earl gray fan but I’ll be passing on to my mum that this isn’t one to go for. She loves twinnings, it’s the best in her opinion!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  23. August 24, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    So good to read an honest review! I usually really enjoy Earl Grey so such a shame this one wasn’t as nice 🙁

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Hi thank you I am as honest as I can be with my reviews, indeed such a shame never mind at least I liked the packaging.

  24. August 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    I liked the packaging and the tea looks interesting. Glad you gave an honest review.

  25. August 24, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Such an good & inspiring review. Love it.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Why thank you 😊.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Indeed never mind lots more to try.

  26. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)
    August 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    These teacup and saucer are beautiful! I love Earl Grey! One of my fav tea! I have discovered decaffeinated earl grey not so long ago and it’s amazing! xx corinne

  27. August 24, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    The packaging looks so good!

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Hi, isn’t it just a shame about the tea.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      It’s lovely the tea not so.

  28. August 24, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I never drink tea and I think that I am the only person that does not like tea, but I have some for my friends when they come around.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Hi, I suggest you don’t get this one for your friends then.

  29. Milly
    August 24, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    The packaging is wonderful. I love tea

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Hi, it sure is sadly the tea wasn’t.

  30. thenorthernwritesblog
    August 24, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    oh dear what a shame, I love the packaging so I was hoping it would be a good one!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Yes sadly the inside was no where as good as the outside.

  31. August 24, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    To me, if you are going to have Earl Grey tea it will not be decaffeinated. It looses flavor to me. ☕

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Hi, I am quickly discovering this 😊.

  32. August 25, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    How nice to read an honest review. I like Earl Grey tea but I may have to avoid this one 😊 #TriumphantTales

  33. August 25, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Tesco finest teas have always been really good but this one is perfect fore as I like a cup of tea before bed but the caffeine really keeps me up.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Hi, if you don’t mind the lack of bergamot flavour then it may well be percent before bed.

      • August 25, 2017 / 5:05 pm

        I’m actually better with Less of the bergamot taste lol! It can sometimes upset my stomach so that’s good that it’s not as strong a flavour 🙂

        • August 25, 2017 / 5:17 pm

          It could be a good ne for you then. Please let me know what you think if you give it a try, thanks.

  34. August 25, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    No word of a lie, this stuff is my favourite!

    • August 25, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Gosh, i am a little surprised by this. That’s the good thing about tea we all like different brands and flavours.

  35. August 26, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Got to love your honesty! I have never tried Earl Grey – I’m disappointed for you, it sounded so promising at the start! Thanks for joining us at #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again Tuesday! 🙂

  36. onedaydreamawaycom
    August 27, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Personally I’m not a fan of any tea but I’m sorry this one didn’t work out for you.

    • August 27, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Yes never mind I can find some more teas to try.

  37. August 28, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Oh what a shame you didn’t like it. I am so fussy with tea though so I totally understand! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • August 29, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Nothing wrong with being fussy.

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