When I order loose leaf tea early this year, one of the flavors I chose was Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme. Good choice, right? After all, I love Earl Grey, and creme sounds, I don’t know, vanilla-y? I’m sad to report, however, that the name didn’t live up to the hype.
Teavana describes the tea as the following:
High tea is further elevated with tart bergamot orange tastefully tempered by creamy vanilla then blended with the classic pomp of an Earl Grey black tea. A majestically smooth confection that is now available any time the senses desire. Sprinkled with sunny yellow marigold petals, this full leaf wonder is divinely delicious with a silky sweet finish.
Who wouldn’t think that sounds delicious?
Problem is, I don’t know if it’s the vanilla or marigold, but something tastes, well, off about it. I want to say it tastes too “creme” flavored, but I’m not even sure that’s it. When I compare it to regular Earl Grey, I have a hard time seeing the similarity. Instead of enhancing Earl Grey with vanilla flavor, they’ve killed the Earl Grey flavor. It’s almost like they’ve crossed vanilla with what a sweaty sock smells like and put it in my tea.
I know that sounds harsh. I just can’t think of any other way to describe it.
As much as I love some other Teavana teas (by the way, Joy, in all its deliciousness, is back for 2017!), I would never recommend Earl Grey Creme.