Looks and smells great – weak taste. Earl grey is probably my favorite variety of tea. I’ve tried many different tea companies’ versions of the tea, (both bagged and loose) and each has its own slight ‘take’ on how the tea should taste. This version added yet another tasting experience. The suki tea version was presented in large pyramid bags with a thin mesh that allowed the tea to move freely about when hot water was added. The blue flower was clearly visable in the bag among the tea and the ‘earl grey’ smell given off when the tea was brewing was superbi always take earl grey without milk, and i find this helps to give a fair assessment as to how strong the tea taste is. Doing this with the suki tea version, i found the actual tatse of the tea to be quite weak in comparison to loose leaf earl grey, and even twinings’ bagged version of earl grey which was a bit dissapoiting after the great smell given off when brewing. I stuck with the bags though, and found that the weaker tasting tea was acually not that bad if consumed ‘when working’ as i had little time to fully appreciate the tatse and tea drinking experience anyway. In all this product may be a bit of a let down for a regular earl grey drinker, despite is smell, and very well presented bags, however, for those looking to try something new and to sample a slightly less potent version of earl grey, then i would recommend this tea.
In general i find earl grey tea rather too ‘perfumed’ for my taste usually however this ‘blue flower’ tea is very good indeed. The fabric of the bags seemed a little odd having an almost plastic appearance however they brewed very well and the flavour though mild was pleasant and distinctive. The price is probably a little high for everyday use for me but i’d happily treat myself occasionally.
I’m not a very regular tea drinker, so it’s difficult for me to give a good comparative opinion about suki earl grey. To partially make up for this, i decided to taste it side by side with the only other earl grey tea i had in the house, a small pot of fortnum & mason loose leaf (not available on amazon as far as i can tell). Although fortnum & mason’s is a bit ‘posher’ sounding, the suki stuff is also on the premium end so it seems to me like a reasonably fair battle. Methodology:i allowed both teas to sit for about 4 minutes in freshly boiled water, and tasted them every minute mark brewed. With the f&m tea i got distracted and it ended up super strong, so i made another cup. As the caffeine from three cups of tea kicked in, i came to amazon to write this review. Impressions:the suki earl grey is a very light/delicate tea. Even after a bit more than 4 minutes and some dunking of the tea bag, the colour was still a fairly clear caramel and i could see the bottom of the mug. It’s got an equally unobtrusive taste.
Have used teapigs earl grey until now. Now a subscribe and save item for me.
There can be no question about the ethical nature of suki tea’s ‘earl grey blue flower’ tea-bags — the pyramid-shaped bags are filled with fairtrade organic indian tea, with a scattering of cornflower petals and a dash of natural bergamot flavouring. The material of the actual bags isn’t specified; they look like plastic but are probably the same material as used by the teapig company, i. Earl grey tea – even the quality brands – varies widely. Suki tea’s are at the acid end of the tea spectrum, with quite a delicate amount of additional flavouring from the bergamot and cornflower petals. Fans of equal exchange earl grey tea may like the added roundness of flavour from these bags and the subtle additional ‘hazy’ taste from the cornflower petals. People who prefer clipper’s fairtrade organic speciality earl grey may find these, like the equal exchange ones, both too dry and too delicate for their taste. And many may consider them over-priced. Pedants may also cringe at the chatty marketing hype on the packet — the concept of a ‘loose leaf teabag’, even when called a tea pyramid, is somewhat bizarre to say the least. Also, saying that they’ve ‘stuffed them full’ at the same time as simultaneously claiming that the pyramids are ‘roomy enough to give [the tea the space it needs’ smacks of wanting to have their cake and eat it too. ]
Suki Tea Green Tea Sencha (Pack of 1, Total 50 Pyramids) : Earl grey is quite a tricky taste to get right: too heavy and it tastes like a bowl of pot-pourri; too light and it just tastes weak. I think the balance here is about right, though for my tastes i prefer something a little more pronounced. However, these bags provide a bright, zesty tasting cuppa and i would buy again.