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Twinings Earl Grey
Member Name: rockinrach08
Twinings Earl Grey
Date: 06/09/11, updated on 10/02/14 (121 review reads)
Advantages: Enjoyable to drink
Disadvantages: Taste not for everyone, a little pricier than normal tea.
Tea - so many different varieties - so little time. Today I'm going to write about Twinnings Earl Grey. Early Grey is one of my favourites and one I tend to go for when I am out. There are many brands of Earl Grey out there but I nearly always buy Twinnings.
** Twinnings **
Twinnings is quite a popular brand in the UK. They have a wide selection of teas and infusions that there is generally something for everyone (from their Everyday tea to Green tea to Cranberry & Sanguinello Orange). They can usually be found to be moderately priced, though not the cheapest, they do offer good quality teas. These are the reasons I come back to Twinnings time and time again (though I am branching out a little - Clipper and Yorkshire are also on my favourite tea list).
So, why choose Twinnings Earl Grey? I find the quality to be great. It also has a great, well-rounded taste that others do not seem to have. Though some may not appreciate the recent controversy over the change of the recipe, fans will be happy to hear that Twinnings have since issued a statement saying that the old recipe will be making a come-back. Tea is serious business, after all!
** Earl Grey **
Earl Grey has a distinctive taste from ordinary black tea acheived by the addition of bergamont orange oil. And in reference to the quote above (and if you get the quote, give yourself some bonus points), it was named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s (this makes me happy as a politics geek) after receiving a tea containing bergamont oil.
Earl Grey now comes in more varieties since the days of the 2nd Earl Grey. With Lady Grey and even Earl Grey Green Tea (see previous Green tea review for information on the benefits of green tea). So, even within the realm of Earl Grey there is a tea to suit.
** Experience **
Earl Grey is brewed like normal black tea: tea bag in boiling water, sweetened to taste and add a splash of milk if preferred. Douglas Adams advocates milk then tea, but I have seen studies suggesting that the taste is more enhanced by adding the milk last (and you can't argue with science!) However, some prefer it without milk and flavouring with a slice of lemon instead. It is all down to personal taste.
The taste of the tea (I make it the first method mentioned, with milk) is quite light and with a hint of citrus from the bergamont oil. The citrus taste is not too overpowering though; a hint but yet distinctive. As it is also a black tea, it still has that comforting, I just want to curl up with a good book effect that I get from everyday black tea. I find the citrus flavour make it refreshing during the summer days (whenever they do occur).
** Price and Availability **
It is unfortunate that Earl Grey does tend to cost more than your average black tea but I think that little extra cost is worth it. A box of 50 will cost about £2.40 from most supermarkets. However, I bought a box of 200 for just over £6. This has lasted me quite a while - even with my mum pinching a tea bag or two. If you do like Earl Grey, I'd suggest getting the better value larger box. Again, available from most supermarkets; I bought mine from Tesco.
Also, Earl Grey is often the same price as other teas in cafe's. While some may not offer Twinnings, it does mean you can enjoy the taste without the additional charge.
** Conclusion **
If you enjoy a good cup of tea then I recommend Twinnings Earl Grey. Whether you have tried Earl Grey before or not it is definitely something that needs to be experienced. Play around with your serving (milk? sugar? lemon?) and find the taste that suits you.
(Kudos if you get the reference)
Summary: Tea with a hint of bergamont.
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