I am not usually a fan of earl grey, so I approached this one with trepidation. I steeped no longer than four minutes and yanked out the bag. I am no fan of bergamot, although we are working on our relationship. ;)

This is decent as a vanilla tea. First sip I taste lots of vanilla (yay) and then a little of the bergamot. It’s faint, just a subtle twist. I don’t care for the smell as much; to me the bergamot makes it smell like cleaning supplies. To me this is a vanilla tea with an earl grey twist, not the other way around.

2nd sip, still more vanilla, just a twist.

I like this, but I don’t think I’d purchase again. However, I may be tempted to try a “real” earl grey… got any suggestions?


Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme is a supurb traditional earl grey. I’m not much for earls but I’d drink it any time.

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Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme is a supurb traditional earl grey. I’m not much for earls but I’d drink it any time.

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