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Earl Grey

The very essence of British tea drinking… Read More

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The very essence of British tea drinking…

Our take on the quintessential British blend of fine Chinese and Ceylon black tea is perfectly balanced with flavours of citrusy bergamot - we've even added a scattering of blue cornflower petals for an elegant final flourish.

Renowned for its wonderful bergamot aroma, Earl Grey has become firmly ensconced as an afternoon tea classic. The story goes that the iconic blend was specially created for Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, in reward for saving the son of a Chinese mandarin from drowning. When his supplies of the tea had run out, the earl commissioned British tea blenders to recreate the taste. A few decades later, Walter Whittard devised his own signature version which took the tea auctions by storm. Have a taste, and find out what all the fuss was about.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea with Flavouring

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Citrus, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Refreshing, with notes of fragrant bergamot

  • Food pairing

    Milk chocolate

  • When to drink

    Firmly ensconced as an afternoon tea classic


Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.


Ever since our founder Walter Whittard weighed out tea leaves behind his high mahogany counter, we’ve been experimenting with our own inventive blends. The Chinese were the first to try blending tea leaves with fruits and flowers and it takes time, skill and imagination to master the art. It’s all about creating the perfect balance of flavours: we blind taste at least 20 different variations before settling on the perfect recipe. Just as some musicians have perfect pitch, an expert tea blender needs to have some pretty perceptive tastebuds…


Earl Grey

As Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834, the very same Earl Grey presided over the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. We've numbered this tea 33, to mark the date.

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* - - - - Bring back old earl gray please by Takahiro Kawaguchi on 4th May 2016

What did you do with the old one? We loved it as is - why put flower pedal ? we don't care about aesthetics but Whittard earl gray flavor. Please bring back the old one.

* - - - - Why? by Jette on 2nd May 2016

Why did you change the wonderful Earl Grey you had in stock previously? Why the addition of the orange peel? It is no value added to the tea? We spent an evening with tea on the table and tweezers to take out as much orange peel as we could to make it drinkable. We also dearly miss your wonderful Afternoon Earl Grey.

* - - - - Scam Earl Grey by Louise Harris on 21st April 2016

Ruined this tea, its not just weak, tasteless its a scam it has much less black tea and less than half the bergamot oil instead bulked out with cheap peel etc but yet they have increased the price and reduced the quantity by 25grams as now only 100grams ...clearly think their customers are halfwits without taste buds !

* - - - - Absolutely frustrated :-( by Johannes Kramer on 14th April 2016

I am absolutely frustrated about the change of the complete range! What has happened to Earl Grey, where is afternoon Earl Grey and Breakfast Earl Grey?! It’s hard to understand how a company with such a long tradition and heritage decides to relaunch the the whole product range. You had good working products and many stores with thousands of regular customers. I think this was the badest idea you or your management could have had! I’m from Germany and I bought always teas for home, when I came to England or Scotland. But now I don’t know if I ever will buy your tea again. There are many good teas out there and I don’t want to spend my money on a company that doesn’t cares about its customers... Please perceive your error! Then I will be back.

* - - - - why the flowers by Ross Neale on 2nd April 2016

had an old batch of earl grey from whittards and it was great. bought this new one and it tastes more like a lady grey. as another review said it bits in. bring back the simple earl grey with a bit of oil in thats all.

* * * * * Fantastic by Alun Thomas on 14th March 2016

Wonderful earl grey -it has the perfect balance of bergamot and tea, no bitterness and the flavour is carried through to the taste, rather than just aroma like so many other earl greys in the supermarket. Can't recommend it highly enough.

* - - - - Ruined by Michael Keeler on 12th February 2016

Whittard used to do a wonderful Early Grey until 6 months ago. They've ruined it. This tea has now got extra bits in it and the tea element seems reduced. Flavour is high on scent and low on the taste of tea. Never buying again. Bring back the old stuff it was amazing. A good example of if it's not broke, don't fix it.

* - - - - What's happened to Earl Grey? by Steve Cavill on 10th February 2016

I recently bought some loose-leaf Earl Grey (as I have done regularly for many years). When it arrived I was very disappointed to find that the usual robust bergamot flavour had been replaced with a bland, pastel, floral tea. It was not unpleasant but I wouldn't want to drink it more than once a month. Afternoon Earl Grey also seems to have disappeared! Do I really need to look elsewhere for a decent Earl Grey tea? PS Customer services were excellent and immediately agreed to let us sent the tea back.

* * * * * Nice Afternoon Tea by Renee-Claude Tanguay on 9th December 2015

This is one of the faithful I brought with me on one of my tasking this summer and I am glad I did. It has a nice flavour and enough caffein to give you the boost you need when the afternoon slump hits. Great for the avid traveler and tea drinker who may not have access to a quality tea during their travels.

* * * * * So that's what Earl Grey is supposed to taste like... by Lee Butler on 25th October 2015

Having been an Earl Grey drinker for years (or what I then considered to be Earl Grey), I was becoming increasingly underwhelmed by the varieties available in supermarkets and almost gave up drinking it. Then I bought a teapot, strainer and a pack of Whittard loose leaf Earl Grey. I use just one teaspoon for a two cup pot. The infusion is crystal clear, no bitterness and a bergamot explosion. This is what Earl Grey should be - truly amazing.

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