Earl Grey tea in SA

MegaTesla

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I'm looking for strong Earl Grey tea in SA, but can't find any. I'm really disappointed with most of the brands/batches in shops at the moment.

Dilmah Strong : This was my favourite, but can't find it anymore
Dilmah "normal" : Just got 4 boxes in the mail, tastes like nothing.
Five Roses : No flavour
Twinings beige box : No flavour
Twinings purple box : Hint of bergamot. Very, very slight hint.
Twinings loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Five Roses : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Woolworths : No flavour
Carmien : No flavour
Enmasse loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey
St Dalfour Organic : I like this tea, it just doesn't taste anything like Earl Grey
Peacock loose leaf : Tastes like something else
Cooper & Flyn : No flavour

Lipton : Best I've got at the moment. Depends on the batch. Tastes like Earl Grey should (bergamot), just a bit too mild.
 

SlinkyMike

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PnP was bringing Dilmah in but they just stopped a while ago. Making a souties life difficult I tell you.
 

MightyQuin

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I'm looking for strong Earl Grey tea in SA, but can't find any. I'm really disappointed with most of the brands/batches in shops at the moment.

Dilmah Strong : This was my favourite, but can't find it anymore
Dilmah "normal" : Just got 4 boxes in the mail, tastes like nothing.
Five Roses : No flavour
Twinings beige box : No flavour
Twinings purple box : Hint of bergamot. Very, very slight hint.
Twinings loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Five Roses : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Woolworths : No flavour
Carmien : No flavour
Enmasse loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey
St Dalfour Organic : I like this tea, it just doesn't taste anything like Earl Grey
Peacock loose leaf : Tastes like something else
Cooper & Flyn : No flavour

Lipton : Best I've got at the moment. Depends on the batch. Tastes like Earl Grey should (bergamot), just a bit too mild.
Try this. Best version of Earl Grey I have found in South Africa:

https://www.theteamerchant.co.za/products/earl-grey-premium
 

morkhans

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I'm looking for strong Earl Grey tea in SA, but can't find any. I'm really disappointed with most of the brands/batches in shops at the moment.

Dilmah Strong : This was my favourite, but can't find it anymore
Dilmah "normal" : Just got 4 boxes in the mail, tastes like nothing.
Five Roses : No flavour
Twinings beige box : No flavour
Twinings purple box : Hint of bergamot. Very, very slight hint.
Twinings loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Five Roses : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey.
Woolworths : No flavour
Carmien : No flavour
Enmasse loose leaf : Doesn't taste like Earl Grey
St Dalfour Organic : I like this tea, it just doesn't taste anything like Earl Grey
Peacock loose leaf : Tastes like something else
Cooper & Flyn : No flavour

Lipton : Best I've got at the moment. Depends on the batch. Tastes like Earl Grey should (bergamot), just a bit too mild.
Twining Loose Leaf: Unless you're referring to "The Earl Grey", which I agree is terrible. The normal yellow box loose leaf is pretty good IMHO.
You can get Earl Grey loose leaf from:
Peacocks - Couple of varieties (see you've tried it but didn't mention which). The French Earl Grey was pretty strong.
Yuppiechef: I'd recommend the NiGiRo Blue Flower. They also stock Ronnefeldt, which I wasn't impressed with at all.
If you find yourself in CPT you can get NiGiRo from the source at: www.oways.co.za - They also have more options than what's in stock at YC.

The Lipton earl grey is my bagged tea of choice when I can't be bothered with brewing leaves.
 

kilos

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#17
Bought someTwinings Earl Grey Loose Tea at V&A Waterfront PicknPay for R64 for 100g (4 Nov 2018)
What a find,have not seen it for a while

At Heathrow Airport, a friend of mine bought some Harrods Earl Grey (Loose leaf tea)
and that was also very good.

Alternatively look on ebay UK website
 
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dunkyd

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#19
Not an expert in any way and only drink Rooibos.
Last few years we comment often that all brands seem very weak and may have colouring added ?
 

cyberbob1979

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#20
Honey and lemon - no milk! Heathen!

*just kidding it is acceptable to have a spot of milk*...

I agree though - a lot of Earl Grey's are either chemical or insipid - I remember the woolies Strong Earl Grey used to be quite flavourful
 
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