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As much as i love a good cup of strong Tetleys tea its always a toughy between Twinings Earl grey and the Tetleys. More often than not the Earl grey always comes out on top.
I take make Earl Grey with a little milk and one sugar (i believe it to taste lovely without the milk and keep meaning to try it like this). The fragrance of the tea is quite exquisite if not a little lemony; i take it thats the Bergamont, this is the same for the flavour a light, lemony like tea. The colour with milk is a slightly grey, i take it thats where it gets its name from.
My only qualm with this tea is that it takes quite a few minutes to brew a nice tea (but my personal preferance is strong tea), but i can live with the wait for a lovely cup of tea at the end.
Although I am first and foremost a coffee drinker, being surrounded by a team of tea drinking collagues at work has forced my hand a little recently - it's easier to keep oneself perpetually topped up with tea than it is coffee; the effects are less hyperactive!
Twinings Earl Grey has become one of my favourite teas for something a little different from the "norm" - the tea is flavoured with bergamot, which gives it a very distinctive and aromatic taste. It also takes off some of the "edge" of the drink and imparts more of a relaxing and slow flavour to it which really makes it feel like a treat.
Although the flavour is intended to be delicate in its nature, I do prefer to brew this tea for a little longer than most and leave the tea bag in the mug. This is because the flavour tends to develop over time and unlike "normal" tea, leaving the bag in for long periods doesn't encourage some of the more undesirable "after flavours" to become more prominent.
The tea is a little more expensive than "ordinary" tea, but nevertheless the sums work out at just a few pence per cup which compares more than favourably with any other beverage. The only thing I would add to this is that I cannot tell any difference between the organic and non-organic versions of this tea; it may be that my tea drinker's palate is just not well developed enough - but unless you have a very fine ability to distinguish between flavours, I would suggest that the non-organic variety is just as acceptable (and cheaper and more readily available in most cases).
Earl Grey tea has been drunk in my family for centuries and I was delighted recently to discover an organic blend of one of my most favourite teas. Originally from China, this is a light tea, pale gold in colour with the delicate flavour of bergamot. According to legend Earl Grey is named after Charles, the 2nd Earl Grey, who obtained a special blend of tea from a Chinese Mandarin with a long beard. When the tea supply ran out the Earl asked Richard Twining to recreate the tea for him. British Prime Minister Earl Grey believed that adding Oil of Bergamot ensured a memorably refreshing cup of tea. And so the blend became known as "Earl Grey's" tea.
Earl Grey Organic should be left to brew for at least between three to five minutes. Fortunately Earl Grey is not grey but is a black tea comprising a blend of Indian and Sir Lankan teas which is then flavoured further by the addition of bergamot oil. Some recommend to me that it be drunk without milk but I always feel that a little drop or two does not blemish the flavour. Alternatively a slice of lemon can be added with sugar to taste. This dark leafed tea retains a very light colour once brewed which should not be mistaken for a lack of strength. The tea exudes an overpowering fragrance and a vibrant flavour that seduces the taste buds. The flavour of this organic blend does seem fuller and more refreshing, although it is difficult to tell at times if this is wishful thinking. At least one can have peace of mind that the tea is free from chemical residues. I regard it as a tea to be sipped away from the dinner table. An ideal brew for drinking on relaxing afternoons.
Search and you should find a box of 100 tea bags for around £3.50 - not cheap but we all deserve a bit of luxury now and again.
Like millions of other people, I suspect, I've been trying to cut down on my weekly shopping bills but one thing I won't settle for is cheapo tea - I've tried a few brands but always go back to Tetley's or similar for the taste & quality.
I used to treat myself to Earl Grey once in a while but thought it a little extravagant so I really pleased when hubby came home with a box yesterday - to me this was better than a bunch of flowers & will last longer than a box of chocs!
I sneaked a look at the receipt ( for Dooyoo purposes) & saw that the box of 100 cost £3.60 & in my opinion, worth every penny.
The box is very classy with its ahades of grey, black & gold sporting a picture of Earl Grey & boasting the product is '.. by appointment to her majesty...' etc - (if it's OK for Brenda it's OK for me!)
When you open the perforated box the smell really hits the spot - I love the fragrance of bergamot & tea though it may not be to everyone's taste & the fact that it only contains 1 calorie per cup (about 14 with skimmed milk) makes it even better!
A bit of interesting history is provided on the box - about Twinings & Earl Grey for those who are keen on teas & inside the box it states 'our expert tea blenders go to painstaking lengths,eg tasting over 3000 cups per week to ensure that every blend of tea that bears the Twinings name is the very finest in its class'. I've always been interested in tea as I went an a school trip to Liverpool years & years ago - the history is fascinating.
The bags themselves are carefully packed & are a good size & weight. It recommends brewing for 3-5 minutes & drinking black, with lemon/sugar or with milk. Personally I like my tea strong with a little milk & don't find the need to add sugar as it may spoil the taste of the lovely bergamot. We had visitors from abroad last year & apparently our Earl Grey is the nearest thing to Iranian tea, but they just used 1 bag for 3 people by dipping it in boiling water for a few seconds - weird, in my opinion!
I drink coffee & water through the day but I have a mug of tea as soon as I wake up & 1 around 4pm - I don't know what it is about Earl Grey, but I just have to sit down & put my feet up & then really enjoy every sip - perfect!
Although Twinings make loads of other teas such as Lady Grey, Rose Pouchong, Lapsang Souchong & Chai I have never felt the need to move on from Earl Grey as I love it so much.
- expensive but delicious.
- well packed, good size & wonderful taste.
- a lovely treat for me but may not be to everyone's taste?
The Twinings website contains the following information:
"Did you know? Earl Grey is named after Charles, the 2nd Earl Grey, who was given a special blend of tea by a Chinese Mandarin. As this began to run out, the Earl asked Richard Twining to match it for him. From then on the blend became known as "Earl Grey's" tea."
Twinings Organic Earl Grey Tea is sold in boxes of 50 tea bags. The box and the website state that the tea is organically grown and sourced from several countries.
Ingredients and values
The ingredients list is nice and short: Organic Tea and Natural Bergamot flavouring.
Each cup of this tea contains less than 1 calorie. If you add skimmed milk, it raises the calories to 14.
Price and availability
A box of 50 teabags costs £2.28 at Tesco.
The brewing instructions on the box say:
"Brew for 3-5 minutes. Drink black, with a little milk, or a slice of lemon."
Personally I prefer to drink it without milk, but with lemon and sugar.
Earl Grey Tea also makes great iced tea because it's so flavoursome. If you make a whole pot, and only drink one cup, you can leave it to cool, and then pour into a jug, dilute with water to taste and keep in the fridge. This is delicious and refreshing served with ice and a slice of lemon (and even a mint leaf or two) on a warm summer day. When making the iced tea, it's important to leave the tea to cool naturally, and not hurry the process along by adding ice or cold water, or the tea becomes cloudy and doesn't taste as good.
Delicious, and it smells lovely too.
A light tea, pale gold in colour with the delicate flavour of bergamot.