Another day, another earl grey. Today I am delving into T2 Earl Grey tea for my readers. So far, I’ve been fairly impressed with T2’s tea and the quality they provide. I am reviewing the pyramid sachet version of their earl grey, but if you can find it available as loose leaf I highly recommend you opt for that instead.
While this tea was pretty great (see below) I always find that the loose leaf version is marginally better, plus you can save waste by using metal tea infusers instead of teabags.
If you want to learn how to brew loose leaf earl grey tea, I recommend you start with the Whittard Pao Infuser Mug. It’s plastic-free, brews one serving, and is really easy to use.
But let’s get on with the review!
T2 Earl Grey Teabags at a Glance
Full Review – T2 Earl Grey Blend
- Type: Pyramid tea sachet
- Tea: Sri Lankan black tea
- Additives: Natural bergamot flavouring
- Flavour Notes: Smooth, gentle black tea, bergamot, citrus
- Aroma: Subtle bergamot, floral, perfume, aromatic black tea
- Milk or Lemon: Either
- Where to Buy: T2 UK or Amazon
A good earl grey tea should be aromatic as well as flavourful. Thankfully, T2 Earl Grey has a lovely aroma. The dried black tea leaves have a gentle tannin aroma that’s not too strong and allows the subtle citrus and floral notes of bergamot to shine through.
You can brew this tea quite lightly to drink without milk, but just be warned that it gets very dark very quickly. I brewed for 2 minutes and got a dark black-brown clear tea liquor.
The aroma from the brewed tea is smooth and bright, it really fills the room with subtle bergamot notes. I love this. I think it would make a lovely candle scent for an earl grey lover.
But that’s not to say that the flavour is too floral and soapy, like some earl greys can be. The Sri Lankan black tea base offers a great smooth and balanced base for the bergamot. It’s strong but there’s no bitterness whatsoever.
Overall, it’s an easy to drink cuppa. It doesn’t shine in any way that makes it exceptional, but at the same time, I can’t imagine anyone struggling to finish the cup or turning it away.
It’s faultless but not quite flawless.
How to Brew T2 Earl Grey
Each teabag contains 2g of T2 Earl Grey leaf tea, so you can use 1 teabag for quite a large mug. For a 2–3-person teapot, use 3 teabags.
The brew time recommended by T2 is 2-3 minutes in boiling water. I would recommend 1 minute 30 seconds in boiling water if you want to drink it without milk. If you like milk with your earl grey, brew for 3 minutes total. It brews fast, so don’t leave it on the kitchen counter and walk away.
As there’s no bitterness to this tea, I didn’t feel like adding a teaspoon of sugar was warranted. Nonetheless, a plate of biscuits wouldn’t go amiss served besides this tea!
Why T2 UK?
T2 sell a lot of loose leaf tea, but they’re quite a modern brand. When you think of Whittard and Twinings loose leaf tea, you think of floral teacups and afternoon tea sandwiches. T2 on the other hand, is more modern with polka dots and bright colours for a quick cuppa during a break.
Despite these style differences, the quality of T2 tea is definitely on par with Whittard. The leaves are great. I find that T2 do rely on flavourings a little more than I’d like, but at least they’re all natural. The flavouring in T2 Earl Grey is natural bergamot flavouring.
The black tea is sourced from Sri Lanka, which is a good choice for earl grey and not at all ground-breaking. The result of the decent bergamot flavouring and well-selected black tea is a very decent cuppa.
Overall, this is a pleasant and easy cup of earl grey to drink. If you are looking for a good quality everyday kind of tea, it fits the bill. If you want an earl grey for special occasions, then I suggest you take a look at my tea recommendation below.
I’ve linked to T2’s official UK website below on the button, but you can usually find this tea on Amazon as well (see link above).
A better, more extravagant earl grey tea for special occasions would be T2 French Earl Grey. It’s more perfumed, sweeter, and will tantalize the taste buds of any earl grey lover. With this one, I definitely recommend you opt for loose leaf because it is visually beautifully when brewed in a glass teapot.