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Recommend me an Earl Grey Tea

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Artisan Fan, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Any fans of this tea blend? Any brands you prefer?
     
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    kwilkinson Senior member

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    Not much of a tea guy, but I find Intelligentsia's delicious.
     
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    ama Senior member

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    I get much of my tea from this place: http://www.la-societe-du-the.com/

    They are very helpful and have excellent quality tea. They have a few earl gray blends that are very good and they can send you some custom blends that you can help design on your own. Ask for Tony if you call.
     
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    Drank lots of the Earl Grey Impèrial from Mariage Frères when I was in Paris, absolutely love it.
     
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    Fortnum and Mason "Smokey Earl Grey"
     
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    I haven't bothered with loose leaf tea in a long time and always drink Twinings Earl Grey bags - plebby but widely available. Every other brand tastes off to me, usually too much of a perfume taste.
     
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    This is weird. I was going to post this exact question a few weeks ago. I didn't because I bought some of the above-mentioned Earl Grey Imperial from Mariages Freres. It is wonderful stuff.
     
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    Any fans of this tea blend? Any brands you prefer?

    Mighty Tea Organic earl grey
     
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    I kinda go for Stash's Double Bergamot Earl Grey. Plebby but just right for me.
     
  11. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Okay thanks. Great suggestions here.
     
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    I love earl grey its probably my favourite "everyday" tea, especially with toast, or scones or crumpets - but, because its a flavoured tes, I honestly don't worry too much about what I am drinking (unlike "real" tea, where I am a proper purist). I have had the Mariages Freres above, and its certainly very nice, but usually on a daily basis for earl grey I don't sweat the source and I just take fortnum & mason's, M&S or even twinning loose leaf. As long as you are not drinking from bags, most of the big shops can provide a very satisfying cup of earl grey. Perhaps the best tip with EG is to ensure you store it properly in a true airtight flask - as the bergamot tends to loose flavour quite quickly, in most standard packages. Making sure you seal your earl grey well is the simplest and easiest way to ensure a good cuppa.
     
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    For cheap stuff I really enjoy the Lady Gray sold by Trader Joes,

    Otherwise some of the best stuff I've found comes in this grey box with the taj majal on the front. which is cheap.

    Actually, of all teas, earl grey is probably the most safe bet for having a decent cup of tea.
     
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    I like Taylors of Harrigate well enough.
     
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    Fortnum and Mason "Smokey Earl Grey"

    Wonderful stuff. Earl Grey blended with Lapsang Souchong.

    As for everyday stuff, Twinings is the best. I don't know quite how to describe it, but the flavor is a little sharper and brighter than many others, and I like that.
     
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    Lipton pyramid bag Earl Grey. Not too complex, still nice.
     
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    That's next on my shopping list. Thanks for the rec.

    Beautiful leaves, although the lack of explanation for the blue-ness is kind of unnerving.

    The only thing I can add is that Upton Tea (http://www.uptontea.com/ where I get most of my stock) makes a mean Earl Grey. Twinings tea is typically awful, especially if you get it loose; Lipton is similar or weakly better. Mariage Freres charges you a lot of markup for the snob value, but it's good, and tea is cheap anyway.
     
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    Beautiful leaves, although the lack of explanation for the blue-ness is kind of unnerving.
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    It's the cornflower but despite what they say I'd be willing to bet it was added strictly for visual effect.
     
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    It's the cornflower but despite what they say I'd be willing to bet it was added strictly for visual effect.

    Ah, haha, thanks. That's an error in my reading comprehension. And I agree, I've never had cornflower tea before.
     

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