The Best Earl Grey tea

Rated 4.74 out of 5 based on 46 customer ratings
(46 customer reviews)


  • Our Earl Grey tea blend contains China Keemun and Indian Darjeeling teas.
  • It contains natural oil of bergamot (an Italian citrus fruit).
  • The blend was created in honour of my four-times great uncle, Charles, 2nd Earl Grey who was the British Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834.
  • Our Earl Grey tea blend is light bodied due to the teas used, together with the right proportion of bergamot oil, giving a refreshing but not overpowering taste.


The Best Earl Grey tea: light and perfect without milk.

The best Earl Grey tea is a matter of opinion  we do try hard to create the best and customer feedback is highly positive. It contains China Keemun and Indian Darjeeling with natural oil of bergamot (an Italian citrus fruit) to create a traditional light style that is well balanced.

Created in honour of my four-times great uncle, Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. He was the British Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834 and there are conflicting stories as to how this now immensely popular blend came about. The most likely being that it was created by his local tea merchant in Newcastle upon Tyne to balance the naturally high lime content of the water in the well at his residence, Howick. Our Earl Grey is a traditional, light blend, due to the teas used, together with the right proportion of bergamot oil, giving a refreshing but not overpowering taste. Use one teaspoon per person and infuse for three minutes. Drink without milk.

Perfect Earl Grey “Perfect blend combination, balanced bergamot fragrance. To me it’s good for any time of day.”
Delicious “Delicious, fragrant and easy what more can one say”
Refreshing “The Keemun dominates so fairly forceful style of EG. The bergamot fades quickly after opening pack so do not store for long.”
Most fragrant! “An Earl Grey with a delightful aroma. The very best.”
Wonderful “Was very impressed with this tea. I am not a connoisseur by any means, but the first cup of tea I drank had me looking forward for more. ”
Delightful “A very nice surprise compared to the more commercially mass produced Earl Grey teas.
Delightfully soothing with an appropriate ‘punch'”
Excellent! “Probably the best Earl Grey I have had so far. The bergamot is just the right strength. I like it strong with milk, but is also good without milk if brewed more lightly.”
Stunningly Refreshing “One of the better Earl Grey blends I have ever drunk. The balance of bergamot oil to the tea blend is perfect. I wholeheartedly recomend it.”
The perfect Earl Grey “Delicate tea with just the right amount of bergamot and not a hint of bitterness. Especially nice with a little bit of chocolate!”

If you like green tea we also offer a popular Green Earl Grey.

Tea from Grey’s Teas

Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.

Sourcing our tea

We believe this is the best Earl Grey tea, chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.

The benefits of loose leaf tea

This loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This Best Earl Grey tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A little extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!

Packing options

There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.

Delivery options

For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.

Storing your tea

Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.

A guide to our tea

At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Packing Option

125 gram packet, 250 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram tin

46 reviews for The Best Earl Grey tea

  1. admin (verified owner)

    We have recently changed our packets to strong white paper with a moisture-proof cellophane lining. They feature an integral sealing strip which can be used to reseal.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pam MacPherson (verified owner)

    Different from other versions of Earl Grey (loose) which we have tasted.This is more subtle but non-the-less very enjoyable at all times of day. Are Greys about to change the packaging to lose some of the plastic overlay? Triple layers seem to be a bit excessive.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Name withheld (verified owner)

    This Earl Grey has enough Oil of Bergamot for the taste to be evident, and not so much as to swamp the flavour of the already-good tea which it accompanies. It is pleasing to be able to watch the tea infuse and not instead to have to be in a hurry to remove the leaves from the pot so as to prevent too strong a colour and too much tannin while the Bergamot flavour is being released. In those ways, the tea matches perfectly the descriptions which it is given on the Grey’s Teas web site. In short, this is a very good example of Earl Grey.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    carolinefmbodger (verified owner)

    Lovely flavour and aroma – we combine half Earl Grey with half Lapsang Souchong in our household – a heathen activity I suspect amongst tea aficionados, but it means we have trained 3 young men in the their twenties to be adventurous tea drinkers (and hopefully prospective Greys’ Teas customers)!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Parkin (verified owner)

    Service: its excellent

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie Fuller (verified owner)

    Service: Fabulous selection of high quality teas, The whole family have become fans of Grey’s teas!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Hughes (verified owner)

    Product: This is the best Earl Grey that we have found. It’s fragrant and very refreshing, a delicious cup of tea.
    Service: The order is always despatched promptly and arrives quickly.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raymond Fulton (verified owner)

    Product: This has grown on me since my last (good) review. The balance of bergamot is just right.
    Service: Quick, accurate service

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin Mccollum (verified owner)

    Product: Good balance. Bergamot not overpowering.
    Service: Quick delivery and strong packaging to protect tea. Great selection with good photos of tea and description. I find I need a notepad and pencil as the subdivided sections make it a little time consuming to compare prices and tasting notes. Best tea supplier I’ve used so far.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Raymond Fulton (verified owner)

    Product: Light bodied. Bergamot quite pronounced.Good blend.
    Service: Prompt service. Well presented packaging.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Hughes (verified owner)

    Product: The best Earl Grey on the market.
    Service: They dealt with my order promptly and efficiently. The tea is great as well.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Parkin (verified owner)

    Service: Good

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michaela Sormova (verified owner)

    Service: Swift delivery. No issues. Will definitely be ordering again soon.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan Williams (verified owner)

    Service: Lovely tea

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Hughes (verified owner)

    Product: This is an excellent tea, very fragrant both in the packet and in the cup. It’s hard to find a good Earl Grey these days as most have been adulterated with lavender or other flowers but this one never disappoints.
    Service: Delivery is always prompt and the quality of the products is excellent

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Hughes (verified owner)

    Product: We haven’t tried the tea yet but the aroma is wonderful! In these days when other companies are adding lavender and cornflowers to the tea it’s wonderful to have access to the proper blend.
    Service: Despite receiving 3 identical emails telling me that the tea had been dispatched, it took a little longer to arrive than I anticipated but it is christmas!

  17. Rated 2 out of 5

    Mark Mitchell (verified owner)

    Product: really weak. I was hoping for something stronger.
    Service: service great. tea not so.
    Vendor response: I am sorry that you were not taken with this tea. It is a more full-bodied, rounded breakfast type tea. You might prefer our lighter English Breakfast blend which has more character.

    Richard Grey

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julian Hilton-Johnson

    Product: less bergamotty than most other earl greys but I like it, it’s more sophisticated!
    Service: Just brilliant as always

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Barling

    Service: Gave Grays a call and they were really friendly and knowledgeable. helped me pick the right products while giving me a lot of background on them

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mr Jr Fry

    Service: Fast

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Graeme Burns

    Product: delicious.
    Service: Wonderful teas and great service

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Nichols (verified owner)

    Service: Very good selection of teas and prompt delivery.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julian Hilton-Johnson

    Service: Great teas, great selection and great service!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nigel Sargeant

    Service: Very good choice of tea with excellent service. A quick guide to the best brewing of the tea would be helpful on the back of the packets.
    Vendor response: Thank you for your positive comments. We do try to give brewing guidance on the pack label where this is critical, rather than a matter of taste. General brewing tips can be found on our pages make a ‘Perfect Black Tea’ or ‘Make Perfect Green or White Tea’ linked from the top navigation bar of our website.

    Richard Grey

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Nichols (verified owner)

    Service: Good selection of teas. Prompt delivery that is free when a reasonable amount is spent.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Parkin (verified owner)

    Product: perfect
    Service: excellent service

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Clifton

    Service: Tea was great and delivered as expected

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Nichols (verified owner)

    Service: Informative and easy to use website. Good prompt delivery service.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Robert Bifield

    Product: Would prefer a more noticeable amount of bergamot, however the good quality of the tea does not fail to strike,
    Service: Outstanding service.
    Vendor response: I am pleased that you can appreciate the quality of our Earl Grey. Ours is a subtle not overpowering blend using natural oil of bergamot which is rare these days. I do however take on board your comments and will review further feedback. Thank you for yours.

    Richard Grey

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Michael James (Jim) Norton (verified owner)

    Service: Always reliable…

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Scholl (verified owner)

    Service: quick and efficient service

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mrs Gillian Lunnon

    Service: excellent quick reply and delivery

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mr Brian J Russell

    Product: not as much bergamot taste as i was hoping for
    Service: Poor online paying facility…..had to phone with details to secure the order……not convenient
    Vendor response: We have now reverted to WorldPay to ensure the best payment reliability. Our Earl Grey is more subtle than many on the market. It has a more rounded flavour as it is natural oil of bergamot rather than the nature-identical used by most suppliers.

    Richard Grey

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Panagiotis Chountis

    Service: I am purchasing fine tea from this retailer for the past 10 years, for their sustained excellent quality of products and professional conduct.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Rock

    Service: always top quality

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Phillips

    Product: I prefer this to the standard Earl Grey by e.g. Twinings – just the nbot too much Bergamot [my wife would prefer more Begramot but I will just give her Twinings!]
    Service: Personal service, excellent quality teas

  37. Rated 3 out of 5


    Most fragrant!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5



  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Perfect Earl Grey

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma W

    The perfect Earl Grey

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nayia Zachariou

    Most fragrant!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    Stunningly Refreshing

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    A really nice balance of bergamot

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob Jenkinson

    Stunningly Refreshing
    The perfect Earl Grey

  45. Rated 5 out of 5



  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wuthering Alice

    A really nice balance of bergamot

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Parkin (verified owner)


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