Review of Clipper organic 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, just in case I am missing out. I have tried and reviewed a couple of Clipper teas on my blog and have really enjoyed them. So I thought that I should give their earl grey tea a try.
I liked the colour of the putty green and blue packaging with a picture of a teapot and teacup to the front with silver leaves balancing on top. I also liked the phrase to the top right of the front of the box, make every day a little bit special. Onto the ingredients list organically grown fair trade tea and natural bergamot flavour is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the box I was greeted by sealed foil packages inside which were the teabags. I personally like this as it’s a great way to try to keep those teabags fresh.
On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a very faint hint of bergamot intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the bergamot to be stronger. 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? I still struggled to smell the bergamot, it was pretty weak. On my close up sniff test it intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint taste that bergamot. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I have loved all of the Clipper teas that I have previously tried. All of which have had a nice aroma and flavour. These teabags just didn’t seem to compare.
So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. The tea was light and delicate as described but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. Sorry Clipper but this tea just wasn’t for me.


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