Review of English Tea Shop 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. So when I received an English Tea gift box full of a variety of teas I just had to try the earl grey tea first.

I liked the colour of the deep blue packaging with a picture of a teapot with tea leaves and citrus fruit on it and coming out of the spout. Onto the ingredients list organic and fair trade Ceylon black tea (95%), natural flavourings (5%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.


On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with 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? It predominantly smelt like a nice Ceylon black tea with only a hint of the tantalizing bergamot noted a little disappointing if I’m honest. On my close up sniff test the bergamot intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality Ceylon black tea with only a very faint hint of bergamot noted. On a positive note it was light and refreshing and worked well milk free. It might also be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea Ceylon black tea that just seemed to lacking the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer earl grey teas. Sorry English Tea Shop but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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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.

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Review of Tesco’s Finest 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. On a recent trip to Tesco’s I yet again found myself in their tea aisle. As I am trying really hard to reduce my caffeine intake I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.

I Liked the design of the packaging the blue and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background caught my attention. As did the teas description of a fragrant and refreshing delicate tea. This could be a great tea to have milk free. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and bergamot flavour 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 an everyday black tea with a slight hint of citrus noted. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be weaker and the citrus element disappeared.

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 citrus and not really of bergamot. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. On sipping the tea it tasted like an everyday black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly artificial citrus 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 Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of co-op Earl Grey Fairtrade 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. My mum recently got me a box of co-op fairtrade earl grey tea to try because she knew that I had yet to try this tea. So of course I had to pop up to my mums to give it a try. It may not have been in my blog teacup, but this didn’t matter as mum always makes the best cups of tea.
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I liked the colour of the purple packaging with a picture of a teacup filled with tea and a slice of lemon. It looked just like my perfect cup of tea. Onto the ingredients list fair trade tea and natural flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a 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? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted a little disappointing if I’m honest. On my close up sniff test the bergamot intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. On a positive note it was light and refreshing and worked well milk free. It might also be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea everyday black tea that but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer supermarket branded earl grey teas. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea. Sorry co-op but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of the True Tea Club Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I have heard of tea subscription boxes but hadn’t really thought about giving it a try. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box of The True Tea Club teas I admit to being a tad unsure of what to expect. The True Tea Club is a York based company who pride themselves on their huge selection of loose leaf teas, striving to discover new teas from around the globe to help them keep creating unique blends. The box itself was a brown letterbox sized cardboard box that had True Tea Club on it. The size of the box is perfect as it fits nicely through the letterbox which is always a big plus for me.

Onto the contents within the box. You get as four packets containing four tea different blends, four reusable tea bags and information cards and leaflets. I personally liked the leaflet with the generic brewing instructions for the different types of tea. Specific steeping instructions for each tea are found on the front of each tea packet. I have to say the reusable teabags got a big thumbs up for me as it meant that I could take the tea to work. I was very kindly sent the True Tea Club February 2017 box, which contained: Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leafed Tea, Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea, Mighty Mango Green Tea, and Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos Loose Leafed Tea.

Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leaf Tea
I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as having a rich taste of Assam leaves mixed with bergamot and orange flavouring. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the orange and lemon. I struggled to smell the bergamot or cornflower. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot but this was still quiet weak. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma.

Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea
It is described as a magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint, and orange peel. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant peppermint aroma but struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. I infused the tea as instructed a long time compared to most teas that I drink. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I was still unable to smell the different ingredients to the tea just a light delicate aroma. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light peppermint with a slightly sweet undertone noted but I was unable to distinguish and specific flavours. I think it would be the perfect tea if you like a mild mint tea and have a sweet tooth.

Mighty Mango Green Tea
It is described as being like a Californian beach, the sencha base is surrounded by bright sunflower blossoms which relaxes in harmony with the fruity mango flavour. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant sweet mango aroma this took me by surprise as I was expecting a grassy aroma that I associate with green tea with a subtle undertones of mango. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was greeted by a delightful strong aroma of mango this seemed to impact on the green tea and sunflower blossom as I was unable to smell this even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was the same. That said the tea was very enjoyable. It was sweet and made for a nice refreshing tea. It would make a perfect iced tea for the warmer months.

Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos
It is described as an exotic and smooth rooibos that provides a velvet mouth feel mixed with a dash of banana chips to amplify this infusion. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant woody aroma with subtle vanilla undertones noted. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The subtle sweetness from the vanilla and banana worked perfectly with the slight woodiness that you get from a rooibos tea. I have tried a few vanilla rooibos and found them to be a little artificially sweet, but it was the complete opposite with this tea. This is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new rooibos to try.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the True Tea club Offers. The size of the subscription box is perfect and the four reusable teabags are practical but mean you also have fun making your own teabags. Yes the flavours may not have all been to my liking, but that’s part of the fun of a subscription box. If you don’t like a particular type of tea just let the company know by leaving a note at checkout and they will tailor your box for your preferences.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

Review of Dragonfly 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. I was recently taking part in a tea hour chat on Twitter when somebody suggested that I try Dragonfly’s earl grey rooibos tea. So I found a packet in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.
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I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea. The white box with a purple circle with a white dragon fly inside. The tea is described as having a fragrant finest oil of bergamot. Onto the ingredients list, premium grade rooibos and natural oil of bergamot are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.
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I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I recognised as rooibos. It was slightly more intense than other everyday rooibos teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I love the bergamot aroma that you get from earl grey tea and I had hoped that this would be a little stronger. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test with the faint undertone bergamot remaining the same. This aroma weakened on sniffing an individual teabag but was still present. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to other everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness and bergamot became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a citrusy undertone from the bergamot. All three elements worked really well together. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting and refreshing tea. In fact it is one of the nicest everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. It made a great alternative as a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would as it is a delightful rooibos tea with delicate bergamot aroma and flavour intermingled within it. So thank you Dargonfly for producing a nice tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Marks & Spencer 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. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box to try.
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I found the colour the of the grey packaging with its stripes a little dull if I’m honest. If I hadn’t need to stock up on my earl grey I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Onto the ingredients black tea 98.5% and flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.
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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 can only describe as an artificially strong bergamot with a hint of lavender intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this artificial aroma seemed to virtually disappear. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be stronger.
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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 hint of bergamot noted the lavender had simply disappeared. 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 a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very questionable hint of bergamot noted.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I have tried nicer own brand earl grey teas. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.