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looking for the best Earl Grey tea in London

fdb Jul 27, 2007 01:40 AM

I love a very fragrant Earl Grey tea that I bought at Heathrow Airport. Unfortunately, I don't remember the brand. My friend gave me some Harrod's Earl Grey that I am drinking now but am not very satisfied. Please tell me what is your favorite brand and where to purchase them. Thank you.

  1. greedygirl Feb 19, 2008 05:49 AM

    I am addicted to Earl Grey and my favourite brand is definitely Twinings. I do drink it with milk though, as lots of people do these days in England.

    1. bombaybeauty Aug 8, 2007 03:45 AM

      I hate to be a snob but the best tea is not really available in London. Prime leaf tea is mostly exported to the continent, especially Germany. Are you in Europe? Mariage Freres in Paris is a little overexposed these days now that it has come down to gourmet grocery level, but still very solid. If by any chance you are in the US, the order via mail from Upton Tea.

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        fauchon Aug 8, 2007 04:46 AM

        2nd Upton Tea...They offer several Earl Grey teas based on a variety of leaves & with differing amounts of bergamot...


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          Withnail42 Aug 8, 2007 05:26 AM

          I can attest to the quality of Mariage Freres. It is very good. The Paris store is very interesting.


        2. Withnail42 Aug 6, 2007 07:01 AM

          I've found Taylors of Harrogate to be quite good. They have a wide selection rverthing I've tried including the Earl Grey has always been quite good. It's readily available in North America (assuming that's where you're located.) and reasonably priced.


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          1. re: Withnail42
            rln Feb 17, 2008 03:44 PM

            I just bought a tin of Taylors of Harrogate myself and am very satisfied. It's very fragrant. I bought it in Oakland, California and am glad to have found something less expensive than Freres price level.

          2. alkapal Jul 28, 2007 09:24 PM

            Ceylon Tea Centre just off Picadilly Circus. Fresh!

            1. MMRuth Jul 27, 2007 11:27 AM

              My husband often buys me Fortnum and Mason teas at Heathrow, and my latest favorite is their Green Earl Grey tea.


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                MMRuth Jul 27, 2007 11:29 AM

                Adding place:

                Fortnum & Mason
                181 Piccadilly, London, Greater London W1A 1ER, United Kingdom

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                  fdb Jul 27, 2007 12:58 PM

                  I imagine Green Earl Grey would be much lighter. Does it also have the strong fragrance of bergamot? As for the black EG, do you like their Classic or Smokey?

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                    MMRuth Jul 27, 2007 01:01 PM

                    The green is lighter, but does have the strong fragrance - it's really lovely, and I feel virtuous while drinking it. I prefer the classic for the black one. When I want a smokey flavor, I go for for Lapsang Souchong - though I've not tried F&M's.

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                  Agrayf Jul 27, 2007 11:21 AM

                  I'm sorry if this doesn't solve your tea mystery, but Stash's Double Bergamot Earl Gray is an awesome stateside version.

                  1. zuriga1 Jul 27, 2007 10:57 AM

                    Twining's is popular. That might be what you found at Heathrow. There is something called Ahmad Earl Grey blend and it's available online at a site called Gourmet Magic. An American friend of mine has ordered from them and liked this blend a lot, and he's quite the tea drinker.

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                      fdb Jul 28, 2007 11:08 PM

                      I'm sure it's not Twining's. I just found out that a local British store here in the US carries Ahmad. I'll try it. Thanks.

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