Review of The Tea Junction Blue 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 the Isle of Man my mother in law kindly got me a packet of The Tea Junction blue lady tea. It was recommended as an excellent alternative to my beloved earl grey. I couldn’t wait to give it a try as I was intrigued what it would taste like.

I liked the simplicity of the black packaging with a blue label to the centre with the company name to the top and spiral patterns to the bottom. Onto the ingredients black tea, mallow, marigold flowers and flavouring are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong floral aroma which seemed to impact on the other ingredients in this tea. I struggled to actually smell the aroma of the black tea. The floral aroma intensified on my close up sniff test and simply drowned the black tea element to this tea. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be a little like earl grey even though bergamot wasn’t present.

I placed my tea leaves 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 reminded me of a strong version of rose water that I used to make when I was little. It was very floral and this just overpowered any aroma from the black tea. On my close up sniff test the floral aroma intensified. On sipping the tea it tasted like a weak black every day tea which was overtaken by flowers, the mallow and in particular the marigold dominated the flavours of this tea. It taste like what I imagine rose water would taste like. Not like a traditional black tea with a twist at all.

So would I recommend this blue lady tea? I’m afraid not. I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It’s floral element just overpowered the black tea. Sorry The Tea Exchange but this blue lady tea just wasn’t for me.

62 Comments

  1. August 29, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I love Earl Grey. My new favourite blend is from Adiago called Earl Grey Moonlight. I’ll keep in mind to avoid Blue Grey! Ta 🙂

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 29, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Oh that sounds like a nice tea. I shall add it to my list of earl greys to try.

    • Eddie
      September 2, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      I enjoy drinking blue lady. I am an avid earl grey drinker. Try it before judging it.

      • pinkiebag
        Author
        September 3, 2017 / 9:11 pm

        Hi, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my review. I can assure you that I did try this tea and it was my honest opinion.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 29, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Why thank you 😊

  2. August 29, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I have never tried blue lady tea. Is there a similar tea you would compare it to?

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Hi, not a recent one sorry as I don’t often drink floral teas.

  3. August 29, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Personally, I’m not a big tea drinker these days, I prefer coffee.But when I do, I like to try different ones. Maybe I will take a look at this one after reading your post here.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:04 am

      Oh if you do try this tea, please let me know what you think. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me.

  4. Kyla Matton Osborne
    August 29, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    What a disappointing experience! I love my Earl Grey as well. Blue Lady tea will not be on my list of teas to try.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Yes if you love your earl greys as well it may be best not to try this one.

  5. August 30, 2017 / 1:19 am

    I found the same thing the other day with a Whittard Chelsea Elderflower Earl Grey! I had such high hopes but it just didn’t eventuate into a wonderful tea! xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Oh no it sounds delightful I would have had high hopes as well. I know to avoid this tea in the future.

  6. August 30, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I recently tried a tea called Lady Grey that was like a more subtle version of Earl Grey with a few different citrus notes. Still very much a good black tea, though.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:01 am

      Hi, I also love a lady grey tea. I have Twinings which brand do you have? Thanks.

      • August 30, 2017 / 9:30 am

        That may well have been it. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I still prefer Earl Grey, but it was quite good.

        • pinkiebag
          Author
          August 30, 2017 / 7:50 pm

          Me to but lady grey comes close.

  7. August 30, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Nice packaging …. shame about the taste. I always link up right after you – we obviously have a similar schedular 😝#humpdaylinky

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Hee hee we must 😊 indeed nice packaging shame about the contents.

  8. raju
    August 30, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Nice articles thanks for sharing us.

  9. August 30, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    The packaging looks lovely, shame you didn’t enjoy it. Refreshing to read an honest review that isn’t afraid to say they didn’t enjoy it. (pun intended haha) #fortheloveofBLOG

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Hi, the packaging is indeed lovely just a shame about the contents. I do try to be as honest as I can with my reviews.

  10. August 30, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I’m not a huge tea drinker, but I find I do drink it more in the colder months. Thanks for the honest review!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Hi, I try to be as honest asI can with my reviews. Yes you can’t beat a nice cup of tea in the colder months.

  11. pinkiebag
    Author
    August 30, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    No problem I hope that you found it helpful.

  12. August 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I’m totally with you! I hate when teas are overpowered by floral or fruity flavors! Beautiful packaging though.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Hi, yes lets give a thumbs up to the packaging.

  13. August 31, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I love tea a lot but haven’t tried Blue Lady Tea but based on this review, I would definitely love to try it out. And I love the packaging also! You have a beautiful blog!

    https://www.naomidestiny.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Hi, I hope that you are able to try this tea if you do please let me know what you think. Many thanks for you kind comments much appreciated.

  14. August 31, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I love a good Earl Grey, too, with real bergamot and no added flowers. I don’t like floral teas at all.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      I couldn’t agree more 😊.

  15. August 31, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Earl grey is such a classic so I can understand how you’d love it so much! How sad that this one didn’t live up to your expectations, though. I mean, how do you screw up earl grey?!? Good thing there are so many good tea brands out there!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Hi, they sure did muck a classic tea up, hey ho as you say there are plenty more good teas out there to try.

  16. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)
    August 31, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I love Earl Grey! One of my favs! It’s such a classic. So, how did they do to screw it? I mean, that’s kinda hard. I don’t know much about tea so thanks for the review! xx corinne

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Hi, I just think the twist on the classic earl just didn’t work.

  17. theglassofclass
    August 31, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Wow the tea looks so good! I’m not a big tea person myself but I always like the smell of it. Your review is great! Enjoy your tea!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Hi, it sure does but it just wasn’t for me.

  18. Teaisawishyourheartmakes
    August 31, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    IM going to have to try some of this for myself! My number one go to is always an Earl Grey, this sounds absolutely beautiful 💖

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Hi, if you do please let me know what you think as a fellow tea blogger, thanks.

  19. August 31, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    I love the packaging of that tea so that’s so disappointing about the smell and flavour! I’ll know not to be enticed by the packaging!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Hee hee I keep saying this but I still keep on doing it.

  20. August 31, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    The packaging is super cute!! I love tea but only herbal stuff like green tea. I really don’t like earl grey so this wouldn’t be for me either. It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy the product x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Hi, glad you like the packaging. It was indeed a shame but never mind lots more alternatives to try.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Indeed luckily I more earl greys to try.

  21. thatmummarocks
    August 31, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I love Earl Grey tea, I think it’s one of my favourites! So glad though that you gave such an honest review of the tea, honesty is so important in reviews x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you I try to be as honest as I can with my reviews. Are there any earl greys that you can recommend that I should try, thanks.

  22. August 31, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    It absolutely sucks that you didn’t enjoy the tea, especially because the packaging was so gorgeous and classy. We seem to be a bit opposite here because I happen to love a really overpower floral tea and I’m not as keen on a full Earl Grey. That said, I may have to give this tea a check.

    Thank you for the review, lovely. Even if it wasn’t your cuppa, it gave me a new prespective (yours) and some thing interesting to check out. ♡

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    • pinkiebag
      Author
      September 3, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Hi, thats the good thing about tea so many varieties to try. I think that you may well like this tea then, if you decide to try it please let me know what you think, thanks.

  23. September 4, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Oh what a shame! I had such high hopes when I started reading this. I too love earl grey. I can’t drink traditional tea since pregnancy, it just makes me feel sick. But I don’t like anything hugely floral. It is so hard to find a balance of floral flavours so the enhance and don’t over power.
    Thank you for joining #fortheloveofBLOG

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      September 4, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Hi, it sure is tough getting the right balance of flavours, this was just too strong for me others may like that though. I like a simple earl grey with a good balance of bergamot.

  24. September 4, 2017 / 10:17 am

    What a shame you didn’t like it. The problem with tea is that it has to be perfect! A perfect cup of tea is a must and it is so disappointing when it’s not! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      September 4, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Hi, it sure does has to be the perfect cup of tea for me and sadly this one wasn’t for me. Never mind it gives me the perfect excuse to try more teas.

  25. September 4, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I’ve never tried Earl Grey. I love your honesty in your reviews. Thanks so much for joining us at #TriumphantTales. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      September 5, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Hi, you should give it a try although earl grey can be an acquired taste. I try to be as honest as I can.

  26. September 5, 2017 / 5:19 am

    I’m a bit of a creature of habit so not sure what I’d make of this either! #HumpDayLinky

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      September 5, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      I’m glad that I tried it though.

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