Earl Grey Decaffeinated

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

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Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Caffeine:Decaffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Earl Grey Decaffeinated

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

Twinings has been blending my family tea for years. Today, I am proud to continue this tradition with the tea celebrated throughout the world known as Twinings Earl Grey. Legend has it, that my ancestor, the second Earl Grey, was presented with this exquisite recipe by an envoy on his return from China.

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Reviewer pic55 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(4 reviews) on

A weakly-flavored, not very aromatic tea experience. If you're looking for a very mild, decaffeinated tea that's easy on the stomach, this is a good choice, but if you were hoping for intense flavors, maybe try something else.
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Reviewer pic37 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(227 reviews) on

As of this writing, the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain has started offering this tea as their mainstay Earl Grey for service, without telling the customer up front that it is decaffeinated. My wife ordered hot tea, expecting the usual (if tolerable) Lipton rubbish, and got this rubbish instead.

I need to qualify that insult just a tad. She received this whilst expecting a normally caffeinated Earl Grey. Instead of returning it, she simply asked for some black tea that wasn't decaffeinated. They generously brought her four (!) bags of Twinings English Breakfast and I got this. Thanks...I think. :-)

Admittedly my preconceptions were jaded by previous experiences with typically weak teas of this brand. "This stuff already has two strikes before stepping up to the plate: it's Twinings, and it's decaf!" Perhaps the cratered expectations led to a surprisingly high (albeit still poor to mediocre) rating. It didn't get a base hit, but it did stand still for four balls and earn a walk.

I stared at the dry bag and sniffed, then poured and sniffed both cup and wet bag some more, and didn't detect much -- maybe a very faint hint of bergamot and perhaps lemon. In essence, it has almost no scent. Then I braced myself for the ultimate in blandness, and instead, got a flavor recognizable not only as tea, but tea with bergamot. It wasn't bad. It wasn't ravishingly good either, but at least this compared favorably to some of the poorer-quality store-brand and food-service teas I've had, and to any other Twinings tea. The flavor still has all the imagination of Soviet apartment architecture, but it's at least more tolerable to experience.

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Reviewer pic55 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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Presumably losing the rest of the tea flavor and aroma to the decaffeination process, this tea retains a tannic hint of dry leaves. The Twinings bergamot flavoring tastes much more like sweet oranges and is less bitter than other Earl Grey teas.

I find that the sweet and bitter of the citrus complements the faint tannic astringency remaining in the tea. I wouldn't choose this over most caffeinated teas, but I find the flavor balance to be more satisfying than herbal teas when I want something without caffeine.

As a side note, I don't think that the bergamot flavor is artificial, but I think it may be a blend of citrus fruits. I can taste lemon, grapefruit and sweet orange above the bitter orange flavor of bergamot.
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Reviewer pic33 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
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Yech! I am not an Earl Grey fan to begin with and this one not only has synthetic Bergamot notes (Think limonene from a lab!) it is also decaf and not worth drinking. Sorry, Twinings, but this bagged tea is not my fave at all! Stash makes a better one - but I hate that, too.

Earl Grey - it's just not my bag!
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea is okay, although it doesn't have a very strong tea flavor. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic33 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
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Exceptionally lemony and citrusy for an Earl Grey...there's only a weak suggestion of the usual bergamot aroma. The aroma is more like candied lemon than Earl Grey tea, and it has an artificial quality to it. The black tea presence is entirely unremarkable...although this tea brews a dark color, there is little other sign that it contains black tea. Flavor is weak...this tea is primarily aromatic.

Earl Grey is one of the few teas that tends to be drinkable as decaf...yet this one was still a disappointment.
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