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Steep for 3-5 minutes, 208°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Black tea is a varietal of tea that has been cultivated for centuries. It is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. During processing, the leaves are heavily oxidized and fermented Our black tea is made from fresh leaves, hand processed under high humidity to promote carefully crafted oxidation, and then oven-fired which turns the leaves a dark, coppery color to yield a superior complex and authoritative flavor. It has higher caffeine content and is stronger in flavor than the other tea varietals.
Average Customer Rating
Powdered Earl Grey?
I remember how excited I was to get this tea. You see, earl grey tea is my favorite. And I opened up the canister to discover that it was powered - so fine that it was falling through the holes of my Kati Cup's strainer. But I gave it a shot anyway, thinking, "This is Tea Forte! Everything they do is great!" This tea did not impress. It's got too much Bergamot to it - it's all I could taste or smell. And because the leaves fell through the strainer, they kept steeping as I drank, making the tea bitter. I've tried everything I can think of - using less than a full teaspoon of tea in an 8 ounce cup to make it less strong, changing strainers even tried putting a teaspoon of it in a friend's "one cup" coffee maker....and nothing has worked to make this tea a winner for me.
2/22/14 | Jennifer, Pittsburgh, PA
...try this tea
If you think you like the super market version of Earl Grey tea you will most definitely fall in love with your first cup. I could not believe the difference in taste. This tea rocks!
10/24/13 | ann, Athol, MA
Delicious Hot Delicious over ice.
Ok, this is about the best Earl Grey I have ever tasted....and I grew up in the South...so long line of big tea drinkers of every kind and flavor. Don't over brew! Follow steeping directions, and you won't be disappointed.
7/25/13 | Dan, Henderson, NV
Taste Great.. but powdery
As the headline says, the taste is really nice, bold but not overpowering provided you do not over steep. My issue is that when I received the tea the majority of it was so broken down it was basically powdered, what I would expect if I opened up a tea bag. I steep in a fine mesh and still have to re-strain to avoid a cup full grains. Very Disappointing.
12/21/12 | Alison, St Paul, MN
I'M IN LOVE!
I was given the Kati double wall ceramic "mug" as a birthday gift to days ago, and one of the single packets included was Earl Gray. I always hated any Earl Gray I ever tried. It was always way too bitter and gross. My gift giver was telling me that the tea stores clerk made a comparison of tea forte's tea and tea bag tea. She said that the tea bagged tea was basically all of the leftover stuff from all of the good stuff. It made sense to me...So I tried the Earl Gray with high hopes that it would be the most amazing Earl I had ever found, and that I would fall in love! Well, I'M IN LOVE! This is the most amazing Earl Gray I've ever tried! It's just that perfect blend of dark spices of the Bergamot and it's just the right amount sweet! I needed to add nothing to it to make it taste better because it'd already amazing! Thank you Tea Forte!
8/30/11 | Amber, Portland, OR
The best Earl Grey Ever
My son brought me back a medium Classics Sampler Tin as a gift when he was on a recent trip to San Francisco. I tend to drink only Earl Grey and on occasion Darjeeling or English Breakfast. This is far and away the best tea I have ever drank. Now I just have to find where to buy it in Toronto.
11/23/10 | Shayna, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Very good. Don't oversteep.
This is delicious Earl Grey. If you grew up on a certain Earl Grey in the yellow paper packet, you know what it's like when some other brand gets it wrong. This gets it very right. Better, even. I suggest sticking to the lower end of the recommended brewing time though, steeping for three minutes instead of five, particularly if you don't use milk or sugar. It can be bitter by five.
4/26/10 | Eric, Atlanta, GA
I had this Teaforte Earl Grey Tea for the first time last evening at The Cut Steak House in Halifax, N.S. I mentioned to our server, Keith, how I was enjoying the cup & commented that it was definately the best cup of Earl Grey I had ever had. Pleasantly very different I told him. Sooo, he gave me 2 to bring home with me. Bless him, now I won't rest until I manage to get myself to a store to purchase some for my stash. I am a real tea fan & I see it as becoming my new favorite tea!! The fact that these are organic, perhaps some of the reason for the unusual flavor, I look forward to trying other Tea forte flavors.
4/11/10 | CHERIE, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Simply the BEST
My husband brought Tea Forte Earl Grey tea home for me from a business trip. When I first tasted it, I couldn't believe my taste buds! This tea is exquisite perfection. I am an avid tea drinker (and kind of a snob about it, too) and there is no other tea I've tried that is better than Tea Forte. The fact that it is organic only elevates it's stellar quality. I would say I'm totally hooked! Looking forward to tasting other varieties.
3/8/10 | Heather, Phoenix, AZ
The absolute best earl grey tea I've ever had!!
9/19/09 | Jennifer, Kingston, Canada
The best Earl Grey I have ever had!
Had this tea at an expensive restaurant. It quickly became my favorite and I had to track it down online. The best Earl Grey I have ever had!
8/28/09 | Tulika, Long Island, NY
Earl grey is a classic tea
Earl grey is a classic tea and this Tea Forte blend is my absolute favorite. I have tried loose and bagged and this is by far the best Earl Grey I've tasted.
5/21/09 | Mylinda, Cartersville, GA
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.