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Old 09-08-05, 07:18 AM
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Earl Grey Tea

Anyone know of any really good Earl Grey Tea?
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Nope...every one I've ever tried was nasty...even some when I was in England last year. Not sure if its just bad tea brands or I just don't like it. I used think "if Picard liked it, then it must be good!". LOL
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My girlfriend's mom swears by the stuff but I can't stand it.

Red Rose tea for me.
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I like it but it has a regurgatory effect on an empty stomach.
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This is the BEST. Expensive here in the States but nothing finer:

http://www.marktwendell.com/Elephants.htm

For a less expensive non-Earl try Yorkshire Gold or Yorkshire Red, sometimes available in high-end grocery stores or by Googling "Yorkshire Gold."
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Tea shops are popping up everywhere, at least in Vancouver. So they must be in your town, too!

Go to you local tea shop and purchase some nice, quality Earl Gray. Buy it loose, and then brew it in a spiffy tea ball. Adds a lot of ritual to the tea process. (I'm a green tea drinker, as a rule)

Beware the increased caffeine kick, though. I have a coworker who enjoys a variety of fancy teas, and she's offered me a few cups of her Earl Gray. I now refer to it as her heroin tea, as I need about 48 hours to come off the effects. Last time I remember feeling like that was coming home from a Sweeney Todd concert.
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Earl Grey makes damn good tea!
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Originally Posted by rjkresse
Anyone know of any really good Earl Grey Tea?

No such thing as Good Earl Grey.

Nasty, Nasty, even if you can get it past your nose to taste it, tastes like road tar.
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I've heard several people swear by Peets.

http://www.peets.com/shop/tea_detail...d=101&cid=2003
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It may not be the best, but I like Twinings.

It is very bad to have it on an empty stomach, as the bergamot in it is hard on the stomach. I always have at least a half-arsed breakfast before having any.

...and yes, it's very well caffeinated.
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Originally Posted by catatonic
It may not be the best, but I like Twinings.

It is very bad to have it on an empty stomach, as the bergamot in it is hard on the stomach. I always have at least a half-arsed breakfast before having any.

...and yes, it's very well caffeinated.


I prefer mine in the bath gel form.
I just took a shower with a Bergamot and Grapefruit blend.
I smell delicious.
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Originally Posted by konageezer
I now refer to it as her heroin tea, as I need about 48 hours to come off the effects.
LOL. That's probably why I've been drinking so much of it lately. For some reason, green tea isn't doing it for me anymore. And herbal tea just gives me heartburn. Don't know why.

Thanks for all the suggestions, links, and tea comments everybody.
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I have no brand preference. But I have found that how I drink it makes a huge difference. When I was in India, I started drinking it with milk and sugar, and I've never gone back. I don't care how bad the tea is, as long as there is milk and sugar.
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I love Earl Grey, lotsa of milk, please!

I get Twinings because it's available most everywhere, but Republic of Tea has good stuff.
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Tazo works for me.
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Stash organic Earl Grey
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I love Earl Grey tea - it can be a bit weak, so I often cut it with Red Label or such like in order to give it a bit of body, but retain the Oil of Bergamot taste…

Twinings is OK, Jacksons of Piccadilly is better…

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I drink Celestial Seasonings because it's what we have for free in the breakroom. Earl Grey is yummy!
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Originally Posted by bunabayashi
Damn I love the internet.

Sadly, the quality of Twinings in the US has been pretty bad in recent years. I do have some Twinings Earl Grey over here that I need to finish off, so I guess now is a good time....
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Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
I prefer mine in the bath gel form.
I just took a shower with a Bergamot and Grapefruit blend.
I smell delicious.
Watch it, you might find weird folks on black motobecanes trying to sniff your shoulder sometime
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Originally Posted by catatonic
Watch it, you might find weird folks on black motobecanes trying to sniff your shoulder sometime
lol.....would that be if I'm wearing the vintage Motobecane jersey???
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Hi,
1) Kirke, you are a bad, bad girl. I love that in a woman.
2) Tea. First, there is no accounting for taste.
3) I would suggest to RJ that he try some of the teas mentioned here. Stash is good for the $$ There are a number of brands (Stash Twinnings, etc) that have good tea, but quality varies.
Celestial Seasonings has gone downhill in recent years. Avoid the overpriced American
yuppy brands like Tazo and Republic of Tea. Who do they think they are kidding?
4) After trying some expensive Earl Greys you may find yourself still looking. This is to be expected.
5) Try a good Darjeeling. That statement is true, and a lie at the same time. There are some Darjeelings that are expensive and boring as far as I am concerned. I like a bready smelling, thick but not intense darjeeling. Hard to find. But not expensive.
Perhaps I should say 'try several darjeelings and see if you like one'. Try Harney.
6) Brewing is an art, and each tea is different. So you will typically need 3-5 tries before you learn to brew a new variety you
are trying. Good tea is for the patient.
7) There are great teas other than darjeeling. But what little I know I cannot share. Don't be afraid to pay an outrageous price, just buy a small amount.
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Celestial Seasonings has gone downhill in recent years. Avoid the overpriced American
yuppy brands like Tazo and Republic of Tea. Who do they think they are kidding?
Celestial Seasonings is Hippie/Yuppie Kool-Aid, not tea.

Republic of Tea does sell good teas - often the best you can easily find.

Good tea does not come in teabags.
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so true, loose tea for the win. the coarser cut the better IMO.

I'm pretty picky on my teas/coffees...but I haven't found much that was good in the local store...pretty much the internet is the secret to getting decent stuff.
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