Review of Tick Tock Earl Grey Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. Rooibos seems to be my caffeine free tea of choice at the moment. So my mum suggested that I try Tick Tock earl grey rooibos tea. I found a box in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.

I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea with its subtle marketing message. The blue box with the bold Tick Tock logo in white. To the centre of this is a small circle with a teapot, a cup of tea, scones and jam. The tea is described as combining all of the caffeine free goodness of rooibos with the true earl grey taste of natural bergamot. Onto the ingredients list rooibos tea and natural oil of bergamot, natural flavour are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.

I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a fairly strong bergamot aroma which seemed to drown out the aroma from the rooibos. So onto my famous close up sniff test the bergamot aroma intensified a little and continued to overpower the rooibos. On smelling an individual teabag the bergamot became very faint and was overtaken by the rooibos. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I liked the initial bergamot aroma that you got from opening the box and hoped that it would remain. After a few days of opening the box the bergamot aroma started to disappear and became very faint. I was a tad disappointed by this and yes I did close the box correctly. So what about the taste?

I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water as instructed. I was soon hit with a slight woodiness aroma that I associate with rooibos. Sadly, the earl grey element seemed to be lacking. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. The woodiness aroma slightly intensified and became combined with subtle undertones of grassiness. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds got hit by its woodiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. I had hoped for a citrusy undertone from the bergamot but it was sadly lacking. The initial excitement that I got from opening this box soon turned to disappointment. It sadly did not make a great caffeine free alternative to my beloved earl grey tea. On a positive note it did make for a nice everyday regular unflavored rooibos tea.

So would I recommend this rooibos earl grey tea? No I wouldn’t the bergamot aroma just seem to disappear and its flavour just seemed to missing in this tea. Sorry Tick Tock but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.


  1. September 12, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I love earl gray as well, but seem to just stick with Twinnings every time lol. Thanks for the review:)

    • September 12, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Hi, I can be guilty of this as well 😊

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Hi, you sure cant beat a nice cup of tea, I drink it whatever the weather.

  2. September 13, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I got fascinated after reading that its a caffeine free tea. But after reading your genuine review I would prefer some of its other teas.

  3. September 13, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I did not know this is a caffeine free tea choice, thanks for letting us know but after your review I think I will wait for another brand. Are you planning a review soon?

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Hi, I do a new tea review every Tuesday.

  4. September 13, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Not a big tea drinker although I love green tea and occasionally will have ceylon and earl gray. I love having my tea with no milk and no sugar, however if the aroma of some infused flavouring is too strong – it puts me off. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Hi, yes it can be a little off putting if the flavouring is too strong, you just cant beat a cup of nice earl grey though.

  5. September 13, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Oh no what a shame! I got all excited at the idea of a caffeine free Earl Grey too there. Oh well. A hit of caffeine is a small price to pay for a good cup of EG. 😉 Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

  6. September 13, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Rooibos is my go-to caffeine free tea. Trying to sell it as an earl grey doesn’t really make sense to me and I’m not surprised they failed on that score!

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Hi, there are several flavoured rooibos teas here. I have tried some really nice ones, but indeed you cant beat a nice traditional rooibos.

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Never mind it gives me an excuse to try more teas 😊.

  7. September 14, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Sorry to hear this wasn’t for you. I do love the packaging though; it’s very simple and kinda retro xxx

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Hi, yes I’m afraid that it is only the the packaging that gets a thumbs up with this tea.

  8. September 14, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I still need to try Earl grey tea, my friend bugs me about it all the time! My favorite is chamomile but I’ll sure be picking up some regular earl grey soon. Sorry this didn’t work out the way you hoped!

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Hi, you really should give a nice earl grey to try. I also love chamomile and tend to drink it later in the day.

  9. September 14, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Aww that’s disappointing it wasn’t as nice as it originally smelt! I’ll know not to give this a try!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      It sure was I should know by now not to get to excited by the initial aroma, hey ho.

  10. Amy
    September 14, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Aww, it’s a shame you didn’t like this one! It’s interesting to read these, you really go into detail. Very helpful! 🙂 x

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments I try to follow the same format with my tea reviews.

  11. September 14, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    The packaging looked so cute. Too bad that the tea didn’t taste well. 🙁

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Indeed, sadly often the packaging can be far greater than the eta inside.

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Indeed it was, but never mind I shall try some other rooibos teas instead.

  12. September 14, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Such a shame that it didn’t live up to your expectations! I’m definitely not planning to stray from my trusty green tea anytime soon!
    Tara xo

    • September 14, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      I don’t blame you, is there any green teas that you would recommend? Thanks.

  13. September 14, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Hi, indeed a hit of caffeine is a small price to pay for a nice cup of tea.

  14. corinneandkirsty
    September 14, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I love Rooibos tea and earl grey, so both combined is totally something I need to try! Will get a box tomorrow 😀 x


    • September 14, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Hi, I really didn’t rate this as an earl grey I am afraid. I much preferred Daragon Fly instead.

  15. lisamclachlan
    September 14, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I love Earl Grey, it’s my favourite tea. However I’m not very keen on rooibos as I find it a little overpowering. Interesting that it cancelled out the bergamot too – back to the drawing board, i guess! Thank you for an honest review X

    Lisa |

    • September 14, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      I like the summary indeed back to the drawing board 😊☕️

  16. September 14, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas to drink – I think the only brand I’ve had it from was Twinning’s and another smaller brand that I can’t remember! The packaging on it looks nice but the nice packaging can’t make up for the tea that needs a little bit more working on to get it just right. Hopefully you find the right tea soon!


    • September 14, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Indeed nice packaging and the tea could do with a little more working on to get it right. Thanks for stopping by, C.

  17. September 14, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I love rooibos tea and used to drink it all the time but have kind of forgotten about it recently! x #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 15, 2017 / 5:56 am

      Oh it makes a fab caffeine free alternative when you find a nice one.

  18. September 15, 2017 / 1:36 am

    I was skeptical when I saw that you were reviewing an earl grey rooibos, since I couldn’t imagine those two combined, but I’m still sorry it didn’t work out. It’s too bad you didn’t find a caffeine free winner in this tea!!


    • September 15, 2017 / 5:54 am

      Hi, indeed it was a shame I didn’t find a caffeine free winner this time. Hey hey ho more to try.

  19. September 15, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Such a shame!
    I have to admit, it’s only recently (as in, the past two months) that I’ve started to like Rooibos. This does sound nice, but not as an earl grey type blend. I think I’d be disappointed at the lack of bergamot too.
    Cora ❤

    • September 17, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Indeed hey ho more tea try 😊.

  20. September 15, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    That seems delicious Pinkie 🙂

  21. September 17, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    What a shame! It sounded like this might be the answer for your caffeine avoidance, but there’s nothing worse than a disappointing tea. You’ll have to keep searching! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 17, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Hi, I certainly will continue searching 😊.

  22. September 18, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Oh no that’s disappointing, I hope you find one soon. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 18, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      It was never mind lots more tea to try.

  23. abbeylouisarose
    September 18, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Such a shame that this tea was a disappointment, I love bergamot smells so the fact that it disappeared is a bit sad! I don’t think I’ll be trying this variety! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Abbey 😘

    • September 18, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Hi, it sure was a shame about the bergamot at least I can have Dragonfly instead.

  24. The Pramshed
    September 19, 2017 / 5:55 am

    It’s great to see an honest review of a product, and that you’re not bigging up this product for something it isnt. Hope you find a better alternative soon and thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • September 19, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Hi, I’m sure I will find a better alternative soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  25. September 19, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    It’s a shame the aroma faded so quickly! #humpdaylinky

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Indeed a tad disappointing.

  26. September 21, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Oh I love Rooibos, so this is disappointing. I do feel calm after your posts though, as if I’ve drunk a cup of tea. So thank you. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Hi, I’ve never been described as having a calming effect before, so I may add it to my portfolio 😊.

  27. Corinne and Kirsty
    September 25, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I had never heard of the brand before. I have drunk decaf tea in the past and they are okay. Your teacup and saucer are so pretty! I love earl grey! xx corinne

    • September 25, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you they were a gift from my mum for my tea reviews.

  28. September 26, 2017 / 10:29 am

    I have never heard of this brand but I love the packaging! Fab review as always! #sharingthebloglove

    • September 28, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Hi, I think it is fairly new to the UK, thanks for ther kind comments.

    • September 28, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Indeed just a shame about the tea inside.

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