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. Perhaps I need to a tea master class just to check. 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.

74 Comments

  1. January 2, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    ‘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.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      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. Jasmin N
    January 2, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    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 🙂

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Hi Jasmin, I always try to be as honest as possible with all of my reviews. Fingers crossed the next tea will be much better.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      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. January 2, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    This is a great post and I’ve never really tried earl grey tea but after this post I might give it a go! Lovely post! Ayse x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Hi Ayse, if you do give it a try I would love to know what you think, thanks.

  4. January 2, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I’m not a big fan of black tea but you make it sound so lovely.
    Lea, xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      I try maybe because I love my tea soo much.

  5. January 2, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    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 😀

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Hi, yes this tea just didn’t compare to their regular Earl Grey which was a real shame. You should maybe give it a try as its a cheaper alternative to Twinings.

  6. January 2, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    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!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Hi, they may well of done as its becoming a very popular tea.

  7. January 2, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I’m sorry Sainsbury but the name and combo alone doesn’t sound like something I’d want to try. I’m a huge fan of earl greys but I think it has such a distinct taste I wouldn’t combine it with anything. Great review!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      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.

  8. Hello Bexa
    January 2, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    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

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      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.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Hi, it was a shame i am hopeful that I will find a nice black decaf Earl Grey.

  9. Corinne and Kirsty
    January 2, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    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

  10. January 2, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried decaf earl grey, or decaf teas at all actually other than the minty/ fruity ones. Shame the taste doesn’t live up to the pretty packaging. It’s a little bit gross that the bergamot tasted chemically x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Hi it sure was a shame at least the packaging was nice though. You can’t go wring with a mint or fruit tea.

  11. Chloe
    January 2, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    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

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 2, 2018 / 10:47 pm

      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.

  12. January 2, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    I’m a massive tea fan so I would like to try it. I’m sorry it wasn’t for you and hope you find a nice tea soon!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Hi, don’t worry I have found some really nice earl greys but just not a decaf version yet.

  13. January 3, 2018 / 1:44 am

    That is disappointing, what with it being Decaf. Hard to find those, but we do keep trying!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Yes we do indeed keep trying if you ever find a nice one please let me know.

  14. January 3, 2018 / 4:55 am

    Good to know. I am a tea lover and drink decaf tea regularly so of course your title caught my eye. I’ve had a delicious decaf Earl Grey but can’t remember the brand.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Oh no such a shame are there any other decaf black teas that you recommend as I still haven’t found one yet, thanks.

  15. January 3, 2018 / 7:47 am

    I remember having a regular earl grey from Sainsburys years ago and that was horrid too and I ended taking it back it was that bad!!! #bloggersbest x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Gosh it must have been bad…

  16. January 3, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Seems a bit odd when labelled as Earl Grey 🙁 How disappointing. I may like this as like a slight taste but not too much. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Hi, you might do but it was just a little to artificial in flavouring for me.

  17. January 3, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    Good to know!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:11 am

      No problem 😊

  18. January 4, 2018 / 7:27 am

    That’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Indeed I really want to find a nice decaf tea.

  19. January 4, 2018 / 8:25 am

    They’ve dropped the ball on that one, what’s the point of an Earl Grey that doesn’t taste like Earl Grey!! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Indeed it’s a real shame. Thanks for stopping by C

  20. January 4, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Sorry this was a bit more of a miss than a bit but thanks for being completely honest 😁 #BloggerClubUK

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Hi I am always as honest as I can be. Let’s hope for a hit soon.

  21. January 4, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I have never tried and tasted decafinated tea before. I should stay away from it.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Hi, that might be s good idea. Thanks for stopping by C.

  22. January 4, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    You know how much of an earl grey fan I am so its really disappointing to hear that this one let you down 🙁

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Indeed please give some new recommendations, thanks.

  23. January 4, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Oh no! Such a shame that this wasn’t for you, especially after your success with the regular Taste the Difference Tea! I’ve never tried Earl Grey but if I do decide to try a cup, I’ll avoid this variety!

    Abbey x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Hi, it’s best avoid this one, I shall just stick to their regular one.

  24. January 4, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    It’s a tad disappointing to hear, but thanks for saving us all the purchase xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Indeed, no problem.

  25. January 4, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    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

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Hi, it sure is, I would just love to find a nice decaf tea. Are there any that you recommend? Thanks.

  26. January 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    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.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Hi, yes you sure can’t beat a nice soothing cuppa. Thanks for stopping by.

  27. January 4, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    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/

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 6, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Oh yes the shades would make a lovely design in a bedroom. Let’s finish on a positive 😊

  28. Lisa's Notebook
    January 4, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Earl Grey is my favourite tea but I have to say I agree with you about Sainsburys. My EG tea of choice is Twinings – have you tried it? BTW, I mean full strength, not decaf! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      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.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Never mind I hope to find a nice decaf soon.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Hi, I am always as honest as I can be with my reviews. Which loose earl greys do you recommend? Thanks

      • January 11, 2018 / 8:24 pm

        I love a Waitrose own brand one. I got it a while ago. I also get my loose tea from a local tea shop which is perfect!

        • pinkiebag
          Author
          January 12, 2018 / 7:51 pm

          Oh loose tea from a local shop sounds perfect.

  29. January 6, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    I tried quite a few decaffeinated teas when I was pregnant and I didn’t find a single one I liked – maybe it just can’t be done! The search continues… Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Hi, macey it just can’t be done and indeed the search continues.

  30. January 8, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I’m not an earl grey girl either! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofblog

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Its my favourite tea, but this one just was not for me.

  31. RosyPosy
    October 4, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Really interesting post!
    We have been drinking Sainsburys decaf Earl Grey for a few years, but have noticed recently like you observed that it tastes less like Earl Grey and more like regular black tea… I came across your blog because I was trying to find out if they had changed the recipe.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Hi I am glad you noticed this. I am trying to try rooibos earl greys at the moment to cut back on that caffeine.

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