This organic, Fair Trade Certified decaffeinated Earl Grey Black Tea combines natural oil of bergamot with decaffeinated organic tea from India. Because this organic loose tea is decaffeinated using a state-of-the art carbon dioxide (CO2) decaffeination process, the rich and coppery flavor of this organic black tea comes through nicely. Also, CO2 decaffeination does not involve the use of harmful chemicals, so the resulting product is simply a healthy cup of organic decaffeinated tea with most of the caffeine removed (and no chemical overtones)!
IMPORTANT NOTE to our regular Organic Decaf Earl Grey Black Tea drinkers. Due to a shortage in decaffeinated black tea we have temporarily replaced our normal organic decaf leaf style with a new leaf style for the base of this tea. This new leaf style has a slightly different flavor profile and is much larger (fluffier) than the previous leaf style. As a result, we are not able to fit as much tea in our packaging and have adjusted the weights accordingly. However, the price per ounce remains unchanged. We plan to revert back to our original leaf style in March 2015.
Ingredients: organic Indian decaf black tea and natural bergamot flavor
Serving Size: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: A light-bodied decaffeinated tea for the caffeine-conscious Earl Grey lover.
Jeremy Says: An Earl Grey good for any time of day!
Posted by Bonnie R. on 6th Jan 2015
I got a sample of this & what's there to say? This is absolutely wonderful!! Perfect. I've tried a lot of Earl Grey blends and I do believe this is the best to date I've ever tried. My husband drinks decaf, and I drink both depending on the time of day. We got a sample of both as this is one of our all time favorite blends; they are both FABULOUS!! Smooth, clean, just the right amount of Bergamot!! Back to purchase a large bag of both!
Posted by Roseanna on 8th Nov 2014
I'm a long time Earl Grey lover. Before purchasing from Arbor Teas, I thought the brand I had was pretty good. After purchasing Arbor Teas Earl Grey my life was forever changed. I was blown away from the second I opened the bag. The floral aroma itself was intoxicating and the taste was heavenly. I shared it with my mom and now the two of us are addicted. Arbor Teas now has two customers for life. Phenomenal tea plus fantastic and super friendly customer service...What more could you ask for?!
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 14th Mar 2014
I love Earl Grey and now I can enjoy it at night :)
Decaf Earl Grey is always one of my favorites. I always try to avoid drinking black tea at night even though I would love to. Having this wonderful decaf option, I don't loose my sleep. I like to add a little rock sugar to it personally.
The quality of the tea is satisfying and I don't think I will have Earl Grey comes in a tea bag again :) There is a big difference in flavor!
P.S. I like to dilute my tea with lots of water sometimes, so I can have Earl Grey flavor water through out a day, what a treat! Do that to any tea you like, good quality tea goes a long way!
Posted by Laura on 29th Jan 2014
After sampling many brands of decaf Earl Grey, I can say that this blend is the most flavorful! Plus it's organic. What more can you ask for?
Posted by Margaret on 10th Jan 2014
I have been decaffeinated for 12 year or so. I have tried any number of decaf Earl Grey teas. This one is lovely- flavorful, smooth, and yummy. I am enjoying a cup right now.
Posted by Dimitra on 17th Feb 2013
This Earl Grey Decaf is a nice alternative to the full strength if you are looking for less caffeine. I found it to be a bit bland when compared to the full on Earl. You don't notice the decrease in flavor after a while if you don't drink the caffeinated one and directly compare them.
Posted by Denise Cicuto on 27th Jul 2012
I was so pleased when I got my decaf sampler. Earl Grey has always been my favorite tea and I thought I'd miss it when I gave up caffeine. Now I don't have to! This tea is full of flavor without the jitters. My morning cup of tea feels back to normal for me. Plus, the environmental packaging is a win.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
Arbor Teas uses the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) method for all of its organic decaffeinated teas. We feel that this is the safest form of decaffeination, while retaining the greatest flavor and health benefits. According to “tea technologist” Nigel Melican, tea decaffeinated using the CO2 method retains 92 percent of its polyphenols (!) compared to tea decaffeinated using the ethyl acetate process which only retains 18 percent. (Reference: “Caffeine and Tea: Myth and Reality” by Nigel Melican. February 6, 2008, http://chadao.blogspot.com)
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
Traditional Earl Grey is a blend of black tea flavored with the essence of Bergamot rind, though the name may also be used to refer to any tea—black or otherwise—that uses bergamot as a flavoring (such as our organic green Earl Grey, and our organic Earl Grey rooibos blends). Bergamots are small tart oranges native to southern Vietnam that research suggests are a cross between the sweet lemon, Citrus limetta, and the sour orange, C. aurantium, and the essential oils from their rinds are what give Earl Grey its characteristic flavor. Consequently, the tea often sees use in all manner of confectionary, lending a subtle, citrusy zest to chocolates (like our tea-infused truffles!), cakes, or sauces.
This famous tea is named for an English prime minister, Lord Charles Grey the second, from the 1830s who first popularized its consumption. There is a popular legend that the Earl received the tea as a gift from a grateful Mandarin after one of his men saved the Mandarin (or his son, depending on which version of the story you hear) from drowning. Charming though it is, the story has no basis in fact, because the Earl never traveled to China during his life. Beyond that, no records indicate that the Bergamot was even cultivated in China at that time, so this tea would have been a very unusual gift!
Nevertheless, the current Earl Grey, Lord Charles Grey the sixth, maintains that at the very least his ancestor was given the tea as a gift from a Chinese envoy, and he endorses Twinings of London’s recipe for the tea. Interestingly, the English teahouse Jacksons of Piccadilly also claims to be in possession of the original recipe for Earl Grey, having received it from the Earl himself in 1830.
For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.