Anyone else here NOT like Earl Grey black tea?


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Postby jashnew » Feb 24th, '08, 00:17

I'll put it to you this way. Earl Grey tea is the lowest grade black tea. It's usually the bottom of the barrel Assam or Ceylon tea with bergamont oil poured on it. I don't consider it tea. If you drink Earl Grey I have little respect for you as a tea drinker.
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Postby Wesli » Feb 24th, '08, 04:37

jashnew wrote:I'll put it to you this way. Earl Grey tea is the lowest grade black tea. It's usually the bottom of the barrel Assam or Ceylon tea with bergamont oil poured on it. I don't consider it tea. If you drink Earl Grey I have little respect for you as a tea drinker.

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Postby erikt » Feb 26th, '08, 18:45

When i was younger i never wanted to try it. I hated the name (bergamot andd early gray), i hated the smell, it reminded me of old english snobs. BUTTTT I've been forced to drink it by my friends across the pond.... and i acutally like it! It gives a nice little flavor to GOOD black tea. If it's crummy stuff, it taste just how the name bergamot sounds.

On the contrary, i would never buy it! It's just something about the name! I enoy it at my friend Tanyas house but that's it! Maybe i'll get over it! Just talking about it makes me feel better lmao.... is my 45 mins up?
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Postby JM » Feb 26th, '08, 19:08

I love Earl Grey and it sparked my interest in black tea, before that I drank green and white tea only.
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Postby silverneedles » Feb 27th, '08, 13:58

EG is the only tea i HAVE TO put sugar,
i never drink it clean.
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Postby B-Jammin » Mar 5th, '08, 14:33

earl grey is awesome for iced tea!
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Postby MoGa » Mar 6th, '08, 07:23

tenuki wrote:I like it with lemon and honey, or in a london fog.


We only get fog in London occasionally (and then very, very early in the mornings, perhaps 2 or 3 times a year later in the day). Is that code for 'rarely if ever'? :D

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The quality (and strength) of the bergamot is what mainly affects whether I like this tea or loathe it. I have to actually overcome a deep seated prejudice against this tea in order to drink it at all - probably because of all the earl greys I've had in the past made with synthetic bergamot (I bet I'd hate the replicated earl grey Captain Picard drinks on the Enterprise!)

I really should be looking out for examples where the tea and natural bergamot blend perfectly, but there are so many other teas out there I've still to try that I always overlook it. :oops:
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Postby SirRocko711 » Mar 29th, '08, 20:48

I've been hit or miss in my few experiences with it. My roomie brought back a box from home that might rank as my favorite tea of the month, but most others I've tried have just tasted bland and bitter. That said, Cpt Picard drinks it like water, so it must be given some respect. D'oh.
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Postby JM » Mar 31st, '08, 22:52

I've been trying different kinds of Earl Grey and just don't like anything but Twinings...
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Postby Beidao » Apr 14th, '08, 07:15

I've been drinking way to much Earl Grey - some years ago it was the only tea served at most places - and I never drink it now. So you're definitly not alone!
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Postby insanitylater » Apr 14th, '08, 08:14

i thought the republic of tea earl greyer was pretty good

they sell it bagged or loose. worth a try
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Postby Katrina » Apr 15th, '08, 00:19

I went off Earl Grey for quite awhile, but recently tried Indonique's Extra Fancy Earl Grey and really liked it. Definitely only one for bergamot lovers though - very strong, but somehow it really works. I know a couple of other bloggers also liked this one.
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Postby Sam. » Apr 15th, '08, 00:57

Wesli wrote:
jashnew wrote:I'll put it to you this way. Earl Grey tea is the lowest grade black tea. It's usually the bottom of the barrel Assam or Ceylon tea with bergamont oil poured on it. I don't consider it tea. If you drink Earl Grey I have little respect for you as a tea drinker.

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Postby joelbct » Apr 17th, '08, 13:19

I don't like Earl Grey. I don't really like flavored tea, and I don't think it's really snobbery or tea-elitism (tealitism!), because for instance jasmine tea is traditionally popular, but I don't care for it.

I just want my tea to taste like tea, not flowers or spices or popcorn...

Altho there is an exception to many rules, I suppose, so if Earl Grey is your thing, I shall not stand in judgment :)
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Postby ThinkingOutLoud » Apr 17th, '08, 15:32

I've always liked Earl Grey well enough and would resort to that in a pinch when offered the requisite choice of three teas-in-bags at a restaurant or convenience store. Recently, though, I've retried some of Adagio's Earl Grey Bravo and actually really liked it ... with lemon. I wouldn't permanently trade in my morning pot of Irish Breakfast for it, but would certainly have it as a switch on occasion. Of course, black tea is a must for me in the morning.
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