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PostSubject: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:06 pm

I am looking for recommendations on Earl Grey teas to try.

I have had all the usual supermarket suspects and of those I enjoy drinking Twining's Loose leaf version made in my IngenuiTEA single 16oz serving tea pot, and for tea bags I like Republic of Tea's Earl Greyer.

What are your favorites? What am I missing out on?


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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:10 pm

You already mentioned Earl Greyer, though you mentioned it in the tea bags. Have you ever bought their loose leaf Earl Greyer? It's my favorite so far. http://www.republicoftea.com/earl-greyer-black-full-leaf/p/V00554/
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:30 pm

All I can say is until I had this I haven't been drinking earl grey. Fresh tea makes big difference.

http://www.rishi-tea.com/product/gram-tin-earl-grey-tin-organic-fair-trade-black-tea/black-tea
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:31 pm

harney and sons. they have several type: sumpreme, organic, etc. my fav: their regular earl grey blend.
http://www.harney.com/earl-grey.html
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:53 pm

Excellent, thanks guys. I'll look for these when I go to replenish my supply. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 5:56 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Excellent, thanks guys. I'll look for these when I go to replenish my supply. cheers


Wait long enough and you'll probably get another half dozen replies. It's kind of like asking what is the best Virginia pipe tobacco. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 7:00 pm

Simple Man wrote:

Wait long enough and you'll probably get another half dozen replies. It's kind of like asking what is the best Virginia pipe tobacco. Laughing

So true. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 7:05 pm

Harlock? Do you see this?? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 7:11 pm

MisterE wrote:
Harlock? Do you see this?? Laughing

I am eagerly anticipating his reply. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 7:16 pm

The man drinks Earl Grey almost daily. I'm interested to know his opinion as well. Very Happy

BTW, if you want to try something very unique, get ya' some Lapsang Souchong. WARNING: It's definitely not for everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 8:27 pm

Simple Man wrote:
The man drinks Earl Grey almost daily. I'm interested to know his opinion as well. Very Happy

BTW, if you want to try something very unique, get ya' some Lapsang Souchong. WARNING: It's definitely not for everyone.

Is that a wood smoked tea? I used to enjoy a cup of Russian Caravan every now and again but no more. I do like Japanese Bancha. Is it similar to that?
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 8:49 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Simple Man wrote:
The man drinks Earl Grey almost daily. I'm interested to know his opinion as well. Very Happy

BTW, if you want to try something very unique, get ya' some Lapsang Souchong. WARNING: It's definitely not for everyone.

Is that a wood smoked tea? I used to enjoy a cup of Russian Caravan every now and again but no more. I do like Japanese Bancha. Is it similar to that?

I haven't had Bancha, that I know of. Unless it was served to me at a Japanese restaurant and I don't remember. But yea, Lapsang Souchong is tea that is smoked over pinewood fires resulting in a very unique taste. It's almost like a cup of campfire. I mean that in a good way. Laughing

The aroma is the first thing you have to get past, because it is so different from any other tea. There is no other way to describe it than a campfire. The first cup I tried had me scratching my head and wondering why would someone want to drink this? But soon I found myself desiring another cup. Now it has become one of my very favorite teas. I love it late at night and on rainy, cool evenings. It is especially good in cold weather. In fact, even while I'm writing this I'm sipping on a cup.

Like I said earlier, some would smell/taste this and say I am crazy, but I can't get enough of this stuff.

As a bonus, some reviewers I've read say they can taste bacon in it... that has not been my experience, but you never know. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 9:53 pm

Simple Man wrote:

I haven't had Bancha, that I know of. Unless it was served to me at a Japanese restaurant and I don't remember. But yea, Lapsang Souchong is tea that is smoked over pinewood fires resulting in a very unique taste. It's almost like a cup of campfire. I mean that in a good way. Laughing

The aroma is the first thing you have to get past, because it is so different from any other tea. There is no other way to describe it than a campfire. The first cup I tried had me scratching my head and wondering why would someone want to drink this? But soon I found myself desiring another cup. Now it has become one of my very favorite teas. I love it late at night and on rainy, cool evenings. It is especially good in cold weather. In fact, even while I'm writing this I'm sipping on a cup.

Like I said earlier, some would smell/taste this and say I am crazy, but I can't get enough of this stuff.

As a bonus, some reviewers I've read say they can taste bacon in it... that has not been my experience, but you never know. Laughing

Sounds intersting I'll place an order for a sampler next time I purchase tea. Is there a brand you prefer?

As it turns out Bancha is roasted Autumn harvest green tea, it's not wood smoked. However it takes on some of the flavors of the fire used to roast it. It's fairly inexpensive as it's second harvest Sencha and a lower grade tea, but it does have s subtle smokiness to it that I enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 10:19 pm

There are several good ones, the main thing I've found is some are not as smokey as others and for me, the smokier the better. That being said, I like Golden Moon's, which can be found here,

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/lapsang-souchong.html

China Mist makes a good one, I bought that at Amazon. Republic of Teas is pretty good, that's what I'm drinking now. I added it to my last tea order with some other teas.

I think the strength really has to do with where the leaves were placed in the smoker and how long they leave them in there to absorb all of the smokey goodness. You'll want to steep Lapsang Souchong for about 4 - 6 minutes. If you find you want it a little stronger, just add a bit more leaves next time, don't change the steeping time.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyFri Oct 12, 2012 10:31 pm

Check out Upton Teas as well. Good selection of various teas and various qualities.

http://www.uptontea.com
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySat Oct 13, 2012 10:56 pm

Slide wrote:
Check out Upton Teas as well. Good selection of various teas and various qualities.

http://www.uptontea.com

Cool. Thanks for the link. I am going to order some teas in the next few weeks once my loose leaf Earl Grey is depleted.

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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySat Oct 13, 2012 11:49 pm

I gravitate toward bulk purchases in coffee, tea and tobacco Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 12:38 pm

My Morning Earl Gray is Stash Premium. Hasn't done me wrong yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 1:44 pm

As a side note, don't let yourself runout of a good black tea, be it Earl Grey or whatever. It's like running out of burleyweed. When you go looking for some, nothing else will do. I drink a black tea called Yunnan Noir ( http://t7tea.com/product-info.php?Yunan-Noir-Black-TEA-pid183.html ... http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=19615 ) and didn't reorder until I realized I was out. It's not arrived yet and I'm sitting here staring into my pu'erh box (it's the only tea left in the house) and I'm just not feeling it Crying or Very sad

Meh, coffee today I guess.....

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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 2:49 pm

Why have I been in the belief that Bancha is steamed, not roasted, giving it that specifically Japanese flavour? scratch

Anyway, I don't think Lapsang Souchong is anything like Bancha. I think Simple Man nailed it with "a cup of campfire". Personally I have had trouble tasting much tea in it, really, the smoke aroma is so strong. But I know some people are absolutely crazy about it!


When it comes to black teas, of the British/India variety, I'm a total sucker for a good Darjeeling.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 8:38 pm

beetlejazz wrote:
Why have I been in the belief that Bancha is steamed, not roasted, giving it that specifically Japanese flavour? scratch

Anyway, I don't think Lapsang Souchong is anything like Bancha. I think Simple Man nailed it with "a cup of campfire". Personally I have had trouble tasting much tea in it, really, the smoke aroma is so strong. But I know some people are absolutely crazy about it!


When it comes to black teas, of the British/India variety, I'm a total sucker for a good Darjeeling.

One you get used to Lapsang, the smokiness doesn't overwhelm you like it does the first time or two and you really will start noticing the taste of the tea as well. At least that has been my experience, but it's like I said, it is definitely not for everyone.

Here's another tea I really enjoy. It's really full of flavor, the only obstacle with the Monk's Blend is to make sure it doesn't steep too long.

http://www.theteaport.com/monks-blend/

Hmm, think I'll make a cup of this right now. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 8:58 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
As a side note, don't let yourself runout of a good black tea, be it Earl Grey or whatever. It's like running out of burleyweed. When you go looking for some, nothing else will do. I drink a black tea called Yunnan Noir ( http://t7tea.com/product-info.php?Yunan-Noir-Black-TEA-pid183.html ... http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=19615 ) and didn't reorder until I realized I was out. It's not arrived yet and I'm sitting here staring into my pu'erh box (it's the only tea left in the house) and I'm just not feeling it Crying or Very sad

Meh, coffee today I guess.....

This stuff sounds right up my alley. I am going to place an order this week. I am planning on purchasing more Earl Grey, some of this and the smallest possible amount on the Lapsang Souchong.

Beetle - It's quite possible that Bancha is steamed as a part of the processing, I am no tea expert but I almost 100% certain that it's pan roasted, most likely over a wood fire. My favorite Bancha so far is from Choice Organic Teas. It's got a very delicate smoky aroma and flavor, the perfect balance of tannins and a subtle vegetal sweetness. Really nice stuff.

As far as green teas go, I also like Japanese peasant tea Genmaicha. When I quit coffee temporarily several years ago I drank this to ween myself off the bean sauce. The roasted brown rice adds a nice body to the tea as well as a earthy grain-flavor that I found to be a nice substitute to coffee. Peet's Coffee has a wonderful loose Genmaicha as well as a really nice Lungching Dragonwell. Other than these, I am most a Black tea person. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptySun Oct 14, 2012 9:00 pm

I just wanted to jump in and say thanks for this thread. I'm a fan of Earl Grey (fan of teas in general, really) but my experience has been eerily similar, mostly sticking with Twinning's or RofT. Lot's of good suggestions in here to sift through!
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyMon Oct 15, 2012 1:44 am

idbowman wrote:
I just wanted to jump in and say thanks for this thread. I'm a fan of Earl Grey (fan of teas in general, really) but my experience has been eerily similar, mostly sticking with Twinning's or RofT. Lot's of good suggestions in here to sift through!

I really like these two Earl Grey's a lot. There's something special about the balance of Twining's bergamot application, especially in the loose leaf product. Whether or not the tea is of highest quality I am not sure, but Twining's flavoring is perfect really. I have only had RofT's Earl Greyer in round tea bag form. I drink it at work and the tea bags are very convient. I like it better than Twining's bags.

Overall I guess I am just looking to branch out a little and learn a bit about what other's prefer.
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PostSubject: Re: Earl Grey Drinkers   Earl Grey Drinkers EmptyMon Oct 15, 2012 11:03 am

GeoffC wrote:
All I can say is until I had this I haven't been drinking earl grey. Fresh tea makes big difference.

http://www.rishi-tea.com/product/gram-tin-earl-grey-tin-organic-fair-trade-black-tea/black-tea

This looks like something I would rather smoke then drink:

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