Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 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. I was pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference earl grey tea. As I was running low on earl grey tea I decicided to try their decaffeinated version.


I Liked the purple and grey packaging simple but it somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and natural bergamot 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 regular every day black tea. 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 to smell the aroma of bergamot. 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 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 an every day black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly chemically bergamot 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 Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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72 thoughts on “Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea

  1. ‘aromatised’ sounds awfully suspicious! I knew you’d not be a fan of it when I saw that word.
    My favourite Earl Grey blends are from Adagio. Not sure if they ship to the UK. The bergamot is strong in all the blends. And the subtle differences with lavender or cornflower or coconut are brilliant.

    • You know me to well 😊. I thought I should try this tea as I liked their reguklar Earl Grey. Ineed to take a look on Amazon to see if I can get it to try as it sounds a perfect tea for me, thank you.

  2. Sad to hear this wasn’t the one for you! I’m happy that you shared an honest review of it though 🙂 I hope next one you’ll try out is something you enjoy more 🙂

    • Hi, yes it was a real shame about this tea as I really liked the regular version. To be honest I have yet to find a nice decaf tea, I hope to soon and you can pass it on 😊.

  3. That’s quite surprising because Sainsbury’s are usually pretty good with their teas. I’ve only tried Earl Grey tea by Twinings and I find that one quite nice, although it took a while for me to get used to it 😀

  4. I’ve never been much of a tea person, but my mother-in-law and grandmother both enjoy having a cup every now and then. I’ll have to see if they’ve ever tried this kind!

    • Hi, you can’t beat a simple Earl Grey . Ive managed to find some lovely ones but sadly this wasn’t one of them. Are there any that you recommend that I should try? Thanks.

  5. Aw that’s a shame it wasn’t for you. I’ve never tried this one, but not really much of a fan of decaf tea. I like the caffeine 😄. Thank you for sharing your honest review and hope you find a nice tea soon! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Hi, I’ve yet to find a nice decaf Earl Grey black tea, I hope to one day. I like my caffeine as well but have too much and I try to drink caffeine free teas as well.

  6. I think I might have tried this one actually! I am not a big tea connoisseur but it was acceptable to me. Too bad it was not for you. xx corinne

  7. I’ll be very honest, I didn’t even know tea blogging was a thing! But as a lover of tea maybe I should look into this more haha (although I’m quite boring with my tea tastes – I’m an English breakfast tea with milk and one sugar kinda gal!)
    Really enjoyed checking out your blog!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

    • Hi, it sure sure there are lots of great tea blogs out there. It has given me some great opportunities to try new teas and network with other tea lovers. Nothing wrong with an English breakfast milk and sugar. Thanks for taking the time to comment C.

  8. I have to say I don’t like Earl Grey that much and this being decaffeinated might actually be for me, despite what you just said in this review. It’s a shame you didn’t like though, it’s so disappointing when you’re making yourself a cup of tea and it turns out to be nothing like you expected!

    Sil x

  9. That’s a shame but it’s kind of inspiring for me to find a new type of tea, Ive only ever drunk my regular type, but something like this sounds like something more interesting to have although I do like a soothing cuppa.

  10. It’s such a shame that you couldn’t really taste the bergamot! I have to admit, if I’m drinking Earl Grey I like it to be very definitely an Earl Grey, I’d probably be disappointed in this one too.
    Shame as the packaging is so pretty! I want those shades of purple and grey in my bedroom, it looks very luxurious.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Hi, I’m glad its not just me that thinks the same about this tea. I often have Twinings as it is the tea of choice at the gym and work. I have tried some fab earl greys if yo are willing to buy direct from smaller companies. A recent one that I would recommend is by Mazawattee tea.

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