Earl Grey Strong

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot, Black Tea, Blue Cornflowers, Natural Flavours, Natural Lime Flavor
Flavors
Bergamot, Citrus, Bitter, Dark Bittersweet
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Bulk, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Nik
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This was nice enough for an earl grey. The black tea was a stronger flavor, while the other flavors contributing to the earl grey were more subdued. I’d expect all of it to be strong, given the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I probably should have used less water, but this doesn’t taste strong like it says. The black tea is a bit weak, and it’s more floral than I expected. Really it was quite a mild EG, perfectly...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ach, this should have been amazing. Earl Grey is one of my favourite blends. And don’t get me wrong—it is nice, it’s just weak, like every one of their bagged blends I’ve tried so far. I have my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Had this earlier in the week – I thought it was a really fine EG with a distinct flavour, full bodied and round feeling robust black base with great malt and citrus (aside from the bergamot) notes...” Read full tasting note

From Teapigs

Do you like your earl grey to come with some real oomph and wallop? Well, this is the one for you. We’ve blended some powerful Assam and Rwandan teas with the more delicate Ceylon and Darjeeling to give the perfect strong tea base for the zesty, all- natural bergamot flavoring. Maybe more of a Duke than a lowly Earl?

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7 Tasting Notes

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223 tasting notes

This was nice enough for an earl grey. The black tea was a stronger flavor, while the other flavors contributing to the earl grey were more subdued. I’d expect all of it to be strong, given the name? It’s probably just as well, since earl grey isn’t something I’m drawn to in general.

teapigs advent, day 4

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1815 tasting notes

I probably should have used less water, but this doesn’t taste strong like it says. The black tea is a bit weak, and it’s more floral than I expected. Really it was quite a mild EG, perfectly tasty, but I’ve had better EGs from Teapigs, and I prefer something bolder overall. And this is my last 2019 advent calendar tea! Finally!

Cameron B.

Yay congratulations! \o/

AJRimmer

Thanks! I’m pretty good at keeping up to date on uncaffeinated teas (drinking teas from November 2020 now) but the caffeinated ones get a little backed up, especially around advent season!

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200 tasting notes

Ach, this should have been amazing. Earl Grey is one of my favourite blends. And don’t get me wrong—it is nice, it’s just weak, like every one of their bagged blends I’ve tried so far. I have my Earl Grey with (non-dairy) milk and (non-sugar) sweetener; by the time I added just a bit of each, the flavour was gone. I’m not a fan of the added lime (and miscellaneous “natural flavourings”), either. I’ll stick to the bergamot-heavy Earl Grey blends that can withstand a little milk ‘n’ sugar.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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13950 tasting notes

Had this earlier in the week – I thought it was a really fine EG with a distinct flavour, full bodied and round feeling robust black base with great malt and citrus (aside from the bergamot) notes coming through, and even a hint of red fruit leather. What I don’t get is why this is an “Earl Grey Strong”. It’s full bodied and robust, but no more so than any other well executed EG blend from any other company. The level of bergamot didn’t knock my socks off…

Seems more like marketing hype than anything else? Semi shame – I think it would have the legs to stand alone as just a regular old EG – or maybe I’m missing the point here? IDK.

Nattie

I’m thinking maybe the tea itself is what’s strong, since their regular one has a super weak base.

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27 tasting notes

Zippy citrus, mostly lime. Naturally flavored but not artificial tasting. Medium strong base. Good! I enjoy it and often have it in the cupboard.

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735 tasting notes

…Oh. I thought by “Strong” they meant strong bergamot. Like Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Supreme. When I opened the sample, I expected a powerful whoosh of bergamot… but barely smelled any even with the sachets right under my nose. Uh oh.

Turns out they meant that the black tea base is strong. Which it is. It brews up very dark and just looking at it lets me know I’ll need to sip this all day, not finish it before lunch like I usually do with my daily tea. If I’m not careful, this much caffeine can send me spiraling into The Upside Down of anxiety.

Steeped, I can smell the bergamot and it smells pretty high quality. And after a sip, I taste that it is. The exhale is fruity and bracing. This is much better than I expected, despite how almost coffee dark it is. Teapigs has not let me down. It’s a touch bitter, so I recommend adding more water than you normally would. Sure, I will be going back to my usual favorite EG, but I’m enjoying this.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Adam Greene

Alright, you’ve inspired me. I’m going to try and order from Teapigs today.

Tabby

@Adam Greene They’re expensive! But if you do, try Calm! Such a nice sleepytime tea.

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2238 tasting notes

This tea and I had a misunderstanding, so the first thing I have to do is apologise; sorry tea! When I read “Earl Grey Strong” I immediately thought of a strong Earl Grey (i.e. lots of bergamot). Apparently, that’s not what was meant. The black tea base is strong, and the bergamot level is the same. Actually, the bergamot is less prominent than usual because the base tea drowns it out more than it usually would. So it turns out that this could actually be one of my favourite Earl Grey blends, because it’s not strong. Or at least, not in the way I thought.

So now we have an understanding. The base tea here is pretty good – a blend of Assam, Rwandan, Ceylon and Darjeeling. It’s malty, sweet, a little zesty, and it takes milk well. I’m a bit of a heretic and usually drink my EG with milk anyway, so this suits me well. The bergamot is barely a presence, if I’m honest. There’s a hint of it kicking around in the background but it’s not the main flavour like it usually is. I could actually take a bit more bergamot, which is a rare thing for me to say, because without it this is really just a breakfast blend. It strikes a pretty good balance, though, and I was happy to have straightened things out with this tea. It’s a good ’un after all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Tabby

That is exactly what I thought, too! I was like “This is gonna be like Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme, right?”

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