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Steep for 3-5 minutes, 208°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
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Tea type: Special blend organic black tea leaves blended with natural Italian bergamot oil
Origin : Assam / Sewpur, India
Tea Forté Earl Grey is an exceptional blend of stunningly superb Organic Assam tea leaves infused with cold pressed Italian Bergamot oil from the citrus fruit grown in Bergamo, Italy. Considered to be one of the most popular teas in the West, and likely the most popular flavored tea in the world, we’ve made this an even greater grey with a sprinkling of Organic cornflowers to create a rich, full-bodied cup for those who enjoy their tea with milk for the perfect classic.
The natural citrus oil is pressed from the peel of the Bergamot citrus fruit and gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste and aroma.
Organic cornflowers and natural orange flavor.
- Flavor: bright and balanced, with lively citrus freshening flavor with floral undertones on a full bodied base
- Aroma: subtle and light, offering up the flamboyance of the bergamot
- Infusion: dark, coppery, with blue cornflower petals for added visual charm
- Strength: full bodied
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Customer Reviews (20) Write a review
Overpowering Bergamot, Off Flavors and Odors
After reading all the rave reviews about this tea I was excited to try it. I used a Single Steep in my Kati cup and let it steep for 4 minutes. The first thing I noticed was an off-putting, chrysanthemum-like odor that was almost reminiscent of insecticide. The taste was no better. As a Tea Forte fan and an Earl Grey lover, I appreciate bergamot, but this was overpowering and it almost tasted soapy. Sugar and cream didn't help. It left a sour aftertaste that I actually had to wash down with a sweet cola soda to get it out of my mouth. Very disappointing, would not buy it again.
6/10/15 | Jeff, Nunda, NY
Best tea i've ever had.
I got the Earl Grey loose leaf tea canister from a site recommendation from my tea-obsessed friend, and I see why he loves it so much. The earl grey from TeaForte surpasses every other earl grey I've ever tried, by so, so much. The simplistic yet elegant process of preparing this tea from the convenient and surprisingly decorative canister is so satisfying. And you're rewarded after a successful brew with a nice, refreshing cup of hot goodness. The dark, brown-red colour mixed with the enticing citrus-like taste is simply overwhelming. This is the greatest tea I've ever had and I'm sure this website has much more to offer, I will certainly be purchasing this again.
5/14/15 | Lucas, Mason, OH
Best so far!
This is the best Earl Gray I've had. I love being able to see the little flowers in my cup while steeping. Smells good and taste great!
4/8/15 | Jennifer, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
I love the way this tea taste. The smell and flavor are both so relaxing and delicious it makes my worries melt away.
4/6/15 | Amanda, Austin, TX
The BEST Earl Grey
I have been drinking Tea Forte's Earl Grey tea exclusively for over two years now (two VERY large mugs per day)...It is, quite simply, the best tasting Earl Grey I have come across (and I have consumed quite a bit over the years). I, too, found the tea leaves to be too "fine" ---but ONLY with the "packaged" Earl Grey; the Earl Grey sold in CANISTERS (tins) is PERFECT: larger leaves, none of the "dust." Purchase the CANISTERS....you won't regret it when you taste this full-bodied, fragrant Earl Grey!
3/19/15 | Gayle, Aiken, SC
It smell really good and taste great
2/26/15 | kellyn, oklahoma city, OK
Earl Grey - my FAVORITE
Well, I read the reviews about the tea leaves being too fine. I buy the large loose package and found this to be true, however, the taste over-rides the bother of straining the tea. I love it! My trick is to spoon one tablespoon of the loose tea in a round coffee filter and hold the gathered ends together. After pouring the water, I settle the little package in my four cup pot while still holding the gathers, I place the lid on, trapping the filter just a bit. It works every time -just pure tea, no trace of tea dust or leaves. I don't take the lid off until all the tea is gone. When I'm at work and I don't have my little tea pot. I staple the little package, making my own tea bag and put it in a large mug to steep.
12/7/14 | Donna, Saint Augustine, FL
At least it's good for baking
I have given up on trying to drink this tea. No matter how I brew it (being careful about the temperature of the water and even steeping it for 2 minutes instead of 3), it always comes out way to strong and bitter. Don't get me wrong, I love a strong cup of tea. This one is just too much. I have discovered, however, that it does ok in baked goods. The shortbread cookies I made were decent, though since the tea leaves had to be baked in it, they had a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It's still a work in progress, lol. The other thing I found disappointing about this tea is the state it came in. I prefer my loose leaf tea to be full leaf, not the crumbles you'd expect to find in a tea bag. I'm happy for those who enjoy this tea, it's just not for me. I would only recommend it to people who like their tea extra, extra, extra strong.
8/19/14 | Toni, Seattle, WA
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:
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
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.