Earl Grey Decaffeinated Black Tea

This page is for the decaf version. See also Earl Grey.

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Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Caffeine:Decaffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 7, 2014

Commercial Description

A really fine cup of tea is one of life's true pleasures. We heartily recommend Earl Grey Decaffeinated for the enjoyment it will bring to your tea drinking. This delicately scented, aristocratic blend is an international favorite.

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Reviewer pic51 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Having not been either impressed nor repulsed by Bigelow's regular Earl Grey, and having not gotten any new teas to review for some months, and having to work down a stockpile of reviewed teas, I finally raided my wife's cache of the decaf version to try it for a report here. I've missed RateTea more than I've missed out on the experience of drinking this.

The difference between regular and decaf with this product wasn't as vast as with English Teatime—probably because a strong and reasonably good dose of bergamot flavors both iterations to the extent they overpower the base tea. Dry-bag scent was pleasant: just orange, virtually no tea. The in-cup aroma is almost pure bergamot, hardly any of tea, but also, a bit salty or musty...sweaty, to combine the two. The flavor loses the sweat vibe (thankfully!), and otherwise is bergamot-dominated, but for a wispy, weak, ephemeral, yet noticeable passing of metallic undertones I've experienced with a few decaf black teas before.

If, like my better half, you are affected by caffeine and strongly desire something "Earl Grey" flavored to drink before bedtime, this would do to satisfy the craving. Otherwise, there are numerous better Earl Greys out there, even down close to this price point.
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Reviewer pic95 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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This is my favorite decaf tea. It tastes a lot like the regular version to me, since the main thing that characterizes this tea is the bergamot flavor - strong but not overpowering, and blends well with the tea. I always brew it for a minute or two longer than the regular, about 6 minutes, and at this strength I can barely tell it's decaf. I always add cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic55 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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Upon opening the pouch, the teabag smells pungently of bergamot. Unlike Twinings, this tea seems scented with only bergamot and no other citrus. Immediately after brewing, the aroma of bergamot is still strong but, like most decaf black teas, there is little noticeable tea aroma. There's a little mustiness that may represent the actual tea, but that's about it.

The initial flavor is simply bitter fruitiness from the bergamot. There's a deep, vegetal background from the tea, but all of the bright notes have been stripped by decaffeination. A large enough mouthfull displays some astringency, but any faint maltiness that might be present is swallowed by the citrus.

Still, the tea tastes nice, even if not very much like tea. I prefer citrus flavors without the spices that are usually present in herbal blends, though, so in the absence of a decaffeinated black tea that actually tastes like tea, this Earl Grey is, for me anyway, a reasonable substitute.
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