Anyone else here NOT like Earl Grey black tea?

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Anyone else here NOT like Earl Grey black tea?

by Tsukiko » Feb 12th 08 12:15 am

Perhaps I'm crazy (which is highly probable) but I can't bring myself to enjoy Earl Grey black tea tea. Every EG I am tried has made me gag and I can't quite explain why.

Is there any other tea lovers out there who don't like ol' Earl or am I the only one? :?

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by vbguy772 » Feb 12th 08 12:35 am

I'm a total black lover and I don't like Earl Grey either - even the smell makes me gag.

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by Eastree » Feb 12th 08 12:46 am

I can enjoy the scent of Bergamot, but bot the taste.

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by scruffmcgruff » Feb 12th 08 12:49 am

I'm pretty much in agreement with Eastree. The taste... is just too much.

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by Tsukiko » Feb 12th 08 1:29 am

Hmm, I have to agree that it does smell nice but as you guys have pointed out, it is a bit much, which is similar to my impression of Jasmine teas or any floral teas for that matter.

When it comes to black tea, I like it best pure and unadulterated. No flavor!

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by LavenderPekoe » Feb 12th 08 1:55 am

I like flavor but I haven't wanted the Earl Grey flavor for years. I also don't like Jasmine. There will always be someone who likes what you don't and someone with the same feelings as you. :wink:

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by Tsukiko » Feb 12th 08 1:57 am

LavenderPekoe wrote:I like flavor but I haven't wanted the Earl Grey flavor for years. I also don't like Jasmine. There will always be someone who likes what you don't and someone with the same feelings as you. :wink:
Indeed! Diversity is the spice of life. :D

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by henley » Feb 12th 08 2:05 am

It's nice to know I'm not alone. I really enjoy black tea but I do not like Earl Grey either (or anything floral). Don't even like the smell of it. I read tea descriptions very carefully before ordering. Thankfully there's plenty of variety for all of us.

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by Space Samurai » Feb 12th 08 3:18 am

My Earl Grey drinking days have long past; you are not alone.

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by Cinnamon Kitty » Feb 12th 08 3:45 am

My father used to brew Earl Grey very strong. It resulted in one of the most terrible teas I have ever tasted. Just thinking about it makes me twitch.

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by Sam. » Feb 12th 08 5:07 am

I enjoy Earl Grey. I'm not a big black tea fan, plain blacks like English or Irish Breakfast just bore me and aren't very tasty. I think the bergamot adds a nice flavor to boring black tea. Adagio's Earl Grey is actually the only black I have right now, and unless I feel like trying a higher quality black like yunnan gold at some point, it probably will be the only black I ever have on hand.

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by tenuki » Feb 12th 08 5:13 am

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

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by skywarrior » Feb 12th 08 8:12 am

Most earl greys I have had are too strong with the bergamot, leading me to believe the cheaper the tea, the heavier the bergamot.

I've had some acceptable ones, but most are too strong for me to drink.

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by Tsukiko » Feb 12th 08 9:43 am

henley wrote:It's nice to know I'm not alone. I really enjoy black tea but I do not like Earl Grey either (or anything floral). Don't even like the smell of it. I read tea descriptions very carefully before ordering. Thankfully there's plenty of variety for all of us.
Amen, sister :D

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by osadczuk » Feb 12th 08 2:17 pm

I enjoy a good earl grey, and have to admit it is one of the reasons I drink loose leaf teas. But a lot of the blends are too bergamot-y for my taste, and I have finally accepted that it is okay for me to blend them down. And well, thus embrace the tea happiness.

That being said - strong earl grey is the only tea that routinely makes me ill. I absolutely can not drink it on an empty stomach.