Earl Grey

Tea type
Black Tea
Bergamot Oil, Ceylon Black Tea
Bergamot, Citrusy, Floral, Raisins, Red Apple, Soap, Sweet, Citrus, Malt
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
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Edit tea info Last updated by Stanisław Krzysztof Gurawski
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 g 45 oz / 1343 ml

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From Ahmad Tea

An inspirational blend of black teas subtly flavoured with the elegant fragrance of bergamot. A tea that lifts the spirits and satisfies the taste buds. This popular English drink is usually served without milk. Infuse 3-5 minutes.

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1719 tasting notes

All these years of drinking this tea and I only this week figured out that a cooler temperature (195 F) would take the heavy bite right out of the Ceylon base – not to be confused with the Cylon base as I first typed it. That bite is probably harder to get rid of – anyway I digress. I have always enjoyed the bite but now that it is gone, I’ve decided I like this smoother cup better.

My package I’ve been tracking from China has left Florida but evading current tracking. It has officially spent more time travelling the US than it did getting here. Go figure. Any one else find tracking great entertainment?


LOL cylon base (star)


I looked for this tea at Marshall’s a couple of days ago. They didn’t have any. I was going to get you a tin!

I can be quite terrible about stalking my packages, I understand the tracking thing,


Hey, you tried, and thanks for thinking of me. Our Marshall’s never has fun stuff. I used to have to order off Amazon. Now a local world food market regularly carries a good selection of Ahmad teas.


will that work with other ceylons? I have some Dilmah that just sits and mocks me because I struggle with the bite….


Definitely try a lower temp donkeytiera. I regularly brew mine between 90-95°C (194-203°F).

KS ironically even though I don’t really care if a parcel has tracking I do watch the ones that are regularly. It sometimes is fun to see bizarrre misdirections. I did have one that was frustrating because it was lost in the system for about a month and a half. It was probably in customs for two weeks and then was lost by Canada Post somewhere.


donkeytiara agree with yyz, it can’t hurt and it just might help.

yyz, it is just bizarre to watch. From China to Chicago? Why not closer to the coast? Then to Florida before coming back to the midwest (hopefully…. soon). It doesn’t get here quicker watching, in fact in probably makes it seem slower, I don’t even need it at the moment but just can’t help but watch.


That really is bizarre. I live near Toronto and there is no consistency as to whether the parcel comes directly here or enters Canada in BC. I’ve had us parcels leaving the US in Chicago and being sent to Montreal and rather too frequently, the sorting plant decides to send my parcel to TO causing a 3 or 4 day delay. Some of the Chinese sellers have used mail services from other countries so I have to stay on top of their notes as the tracking numbers change! That’s a bizarre route for your parcel.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m doing a little bit of package stalking myself. Teavivre sent me a set of free samples to review, and while other people on Steepster have gotten their teas, mine is still not here. The tracking number just says that it left China on July 30th… which is so not helpful.


Christina, I’m in Mississauga and I bought during the greens and white, and the black sales. The first package is in Richmond as of yesterday so hopefully yours will be too!

Try this site http://www.17track.net/index_en.shtml. it often gives me info before the postal service sites.

Christina / BooksandTea

Just did for my shipment, no luck. But I’ll keep that site in mind for later.

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6768 tasting notes

This is a decent bagged earl grey. I has more of a lemon-orange type citrus than a strong bergamot type.

It’s not overly strong but still tasty.

First cup of the day while listening to The Christmas Donkey Song on the Radio!


Incase you were wondering about Dominic The Christmas Donkey


thank you very much, TeaEqualsBliss! I now have that song running through my brain and probably will have for the rest of the day … oh groan, it’s early morning yet and I have 15-plus-hours to go today … accompanied by Dominic & co. singing in my head … lol!


LOL – Are you on Facebook, Lauren? Last Night I had “Lamda Lamda Lamda and Omega Mu” as my status (from Revenge of the Nerds) I had THAT in my head all last night! LOL


no, I just (last week?) started twitter! Facebook is going to have to wait ….


teehee! I understand! :) When you do join – look us up!



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4843 tasting notes

This is alright. The black tea base is smooth and the bergamot is mild. Not my favorite Earl Grey, but, it is certainly not the worst either.

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141 tasting notes

Backlog: This is not a bad tea for the buy, however I’m not very experienced in this style of flavored teas to rate this one properly. It’s much stronger smelling with the dry leaves, than the liquid it produces. The dark leaves are enticing, however it’s very bold aroma made me slightly leery of proceeding forward with.

I must say that I must taste other Earl Grey’s to adequately define it’s range of boldness and comparative qualities. Overall, this tea encounter was nice and fitting for a early evening brew of tea.


One of my favorite cheapster steepsters. I steep for three minutes any longer and it gets harsh I think. A friend only goes two minutes before he thinks it is too strong. Twinings bergamot is a little more bright if that’s the word and its tea base is more bland. I recently had a Utopia Earl Grey that had a mildy smoky base – it was really good.


Thank you, for your input. I may have to try the slightly smokier Utopia Earl Grey. Sounds intriguing and more of my liking.

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871 tasting notes

I blame KS for this one. He is always raving about his Ahmad tea, so when I came across this (while looking for Fauchon tea) I had to buy it. It was a pretty good deal. This one is in tea bag form.

The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot, so obviously I’m excited.

The brewed tea smells, tastes and looks like orange pekoe (the ingredients just list black tea). There is a bergamot flavour to it. It is moderately strong. I had anticipated it to be stronger based on the smell. The bergamot has a natural sweetness to it. I am finding my mouth a bit dry (but not astringent) after each sip, which I attribute to the orange pekoe.

Overall a decent Earl Grey. I would prefer a different base tea, but it is still good. I might just have to try Ahmad’s Earl Grey Green that KS is always writing about…

(And I agree with KS. This is a cheaper tea but it is still quite decent for the price you pay).

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I have the decaf version of this…


I’ve always seen this on the same level as Twinings – but Twinings’ base is too bland and the bergamot a little too bright (not too strong) for my tastes. Ahmad uses a Ceylon base that packs more punch though that may not appeal to all Cheapster Steepsters.

In my bag only days I went from Bigelow to Twinings to Ahmad. Now it is like family – always welcome.

Terri HarpLady

This is Tony’s go-to tea, the one he loves the most.


Lala the bagged green is different than the loose. Bagged is more like what you would expect – similar to the black version but green ;). The loose is more like inexpensive but decent bi luo chun with a light touch of bergamot.

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141 tasting notes

Similar to Twinings in flavor, though perhaps the bergamot is a bit stronger. I don’t really care for Earl Grey; too much like grapefruit to me.

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5 tasting notes

As a recent convert to tea, I found the taste strong as I only usually have clear, white tea or fruit infusions; But Earl Grey is so wonderful to drink and it gives me the energy I need after work when I usually feel tired and worn out from a day’s work.

Earl Grey is a recent discovery, and I have never been so wonderfully surprised in my life. I thought I was going to hate it because I am too spoilt by fruity teas. But I love this, the flavor is so distinct. I brew it up to 3 minutes so it doesn’t come out too bitter. I like it when its almost scalding hot.

I dont need to pair it with milk or sugar or honey because Earl Grey is perfectly dashing as it is. :)

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Wow, finally someone who likes this more than I do!

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13 tasting notes

However I try to make this tea, bigger or smaller amount of leaves, longer or shorter infusion times, milk added or plain, the overwhelming bergamot scent (perfume rather, I’d say) simply does not allow me to enjoy tea. It even takes over all other flavours when I blend it with other teas. I have to make it drinkable by adding honey or lemon juice (milk does not help at all – it only aggravates!)

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9 tasting notes

Based on a tea recipe David acquired from the previous caretaker of Bahji, we blend 1 part Earl Grey, 1 part Darjeeling with 2 parts Ceylon, for pilgrim’s tea as it was served for many years to those who visited the Shrine of Baha’u’llah (www.bahai.org) near Akko, Israel.

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