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.

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71 thoughts on “Review of Tesco’s Finest Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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! 🙂

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