English Breakfast tea bags (And most tea bags in general) make me gag after steeping. Absolutely disgusting! I recently decided to brew some up that someone bought me of Twinings English Breakfast and my stomach still hasn't recovered from sniffing the bag afterwards. I'm more put off by tea bags now than I ever was.
I love Earl Grey but if you're going to buy it bagged the quality varies a great deal. Earl Grey is cheap enough loose that it doesn't matter too much. I don't drink it that often but I do list it as one of my favorite teas, especially when it has an Assam base.