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 English Tea Shop Lemongrass, Ginger & Citrus Tea

Now I am constantly looking out for new teas to review for my blog. I am also lucky that friends and family treat me to new teas to try. One of my friends Nicky gave me a tin of English Tea Shop lemongrass, ginger & citrus tea to try. She thought that it would be a great herbal tea to try and help me with my mission to reduce my caffeine intake.
I loved the packaging of this tea. It is in a small thin round tin which is a pleasant lime green. I love the picture of the teapot with its ingredients on it. What I also like about this tin is the round metal lid. Open this and you are greeted by another small lid which helps keep the tea fresh and seals its aroma in. On opening the second lid I was immediately hit by a fantastic aroma of what I hoped my taste buds were going to experience. My nostrils got hit by a strong aroma of ginger with a subtle undertone of citrus. It was delightful and I couldn’t wait for my kettle to boil.
The tea itself came in the form of silken tea pyramids. In which you could clearly see all of the ingredients inside. There was clearly enough room for these to infuse with the hot water.
On placing the hot water in my tea cup I expected to be hit with a strong aroma. I was a little disappointed if I am honest. This may be a little unfair as the aroma was very strong on just opening the lid of the tea tin. I let the tea infuse with the hot water as instructed for 2-3 minutes. The water slowly changed colour to a light green / yellow colour. On sipping the tea I am afraid to say my taste buds were not stimulated. It tasted bland I could not distinguish any of the elements to this tea. I couldn’t taste the lemongrass and as for the ginger this is normally a strong flavour if blended as part of a tea but it was weak. As for the citrus I just was not able to taste this either. I even tried sniffing the tea again but still no distinguishable aromas noted. It’s almost as if the tea peaked in the tin, which is a real shame.
I’m sorry English Tea Shop, but I won’t be buying this tea again and wouldn’t recommend it as a tea to try. It seemed to tick all the boxes for me with the ingredients but as soon it left the tin the aroma disappeared. There was a lack of flavour to this tea. It was a slightly refreshing beverage and may better served chilled in the summer but just wasn’t for me. Sorry English Tea Shop.