Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tea Review: Lady Grey

Tea for Tuesday #4

Review Lady Grey

No, not our dear friend Lady Grey, but the tea blend of the same name. However, she did give us this tea for Christmas. Thank you, again, Lady Grey! :)

Did you know the Lady Grey tea blend is relatively new? It was created by the Twinings tea company in the 1990s for those who liked the idea of a citrus tea, but not the strong flavor found in Earl Grey. Twinings blend is black tea with lemon peel, orange peel and citrus flavoring. The blend we are reviewing is a green tea blend. 

Let's Get Started

Grace, Melody, both

Grace, let's have some tea. 
Yeah, it will be nice after being out in the snow. What kind?
Well, I'd like to try this one. It's from Lady Grey.
Oh, and it's called Lady Grey. Neat! But what is Lady Grey tea?
This one is an "organic green tea infused with bergamot oil with a hint of lemon added. A lighter smoother body less astringent than black Earl Grey."
Sounds interesting. Any other instructions?
Says it can be served with or without cream and sugar.
Cream? In a green tea?
You're learning fast. (giggles) Well, we only have skim milk right now so we'll try that and see what happens.

Looks interesting. I love the tin.
 The blend looks really nice.
Yeah, look at the lemon peel and do I see lavender.
I'm impressed!
It says 1 teaspoon per cup with 180 degree water; steep 2 to 3 minutes.
Here we go. I like watching the lemon peel expand.
The leaves are starting to open up and dance more.
Yeah. Looks good.
(Timer Beeps)
Smells nice. A little floral with the citrus. 
I have the tasting cups ready: (clockwise) plain, with white sugar, and with white sugar and milk.

This seems to have a bit of a bite to it. Not as light as I had thought, but not bad.
Slightly grassy, but not as much as some green teas. It seems to need something.

White Sugar (aka table or granulated sugar)
The sugar takes the edge off, lightens it a bit, and brings out the citrus.
Hmm, I think it makes it more floral.
(giggling) Well, tastes can be specific to individuals.

Sugar and Milk
Not so thrilled with the milk. Maybe because it is skim.
You have a point. It does add another layer to the flavor, but I'm not sure it is right.
Let's take the rest to the other room. maybe it's best while relaxing.
Ahh, you have a point. This is much better. Have you picked a favorite way to enjoy?
I think with sugar is best.
I'm still not sure.

Have you ever had lady Grey tea? Do you like it better than Earl Grey?

Xyra's Notes

  • I'm not a huge fan of Twinings Lady Grey. It's just not quite right to me and I entered this tasting trying to keep an open mind. The first tasting did not go well. If at first you don't succeed...you still may not succeed, but you could learn a lot in the process.
  • You can re-steep this blend by adding a minute to the steep time. For my second pot I added another spoon of leaves because I was making 2 cups. I let that brew for 2 minutes. Then I re-steeped that pot for another 2 cups; letting it brew 3 minutes.
  • While, the Lady Grey tea is still not in my top 5 blends, I've found this green blend to be tasty. I like it best with some honey and lukewarm.
  • Sorry, no links in this post since we didn't really try Twinings brand and I don't have the company site for who created this blend.
  • I have an idea on how to get better sip photos. :) These are not as clear as usual.

Best wishes!


  1. I'm not a fan of Lady Grey but I love my John Grey, er, Earl Grey.

    1. :-)

      According to wiseGEEK, Lady Grey tea is named after the Earl's wife, Mary Elizabeth Grey; and not Jane Grey.