The Duke of Earl

Hello readers!

Stacey and Brooke here to bring you another nourishtea delight with yet another special guest. Our good friend Kyle is staying with us for a few days while he ties up loose ends (like you know, defending his Master’s thesis) and while he was here we decided to start our day with a little Duke of Earl (Grey).  Side note: we have attempted to review this tea three times now and each time we have had trouble coming up with a proper review. We think that it comes down to simplicity. There is not a lot to comment about this tea because it’s what you would expect- a simple Earl Grey that keeps you going.

Duke of Earl from Nourish Tea

Tea: nourishtea the Duke of Earl

Tea Description: nourishtea earl grey comes exclusively from Sri Lanka (of course). The leaves are grown on steep terrain and unusually high altitudes. The processing of red teas requires full oxidation, and the specific Italian bergamot oil used on our tea leaves creates an incredible citrus aroma, with no bitter after taste at all. From the moment you crack open the tin, the aroma of our earl grey over powers you… it’s an amazing product and an obvious staple for the kitchen.

Kyle: Tomorrow I start with a new blanket.
Stacey: Love that mug!
Brooke: It’s perfect considering we need to clean that couch we got from kijiji…

*Sip*

Brooke: Mmm, this is nice, I like it! It still has that bitterness to it like an Earl Grey tea would. But it may have been steeped too long…?
Stacey: Yeah, I think it steeped it for almost 10 minutes…whoops!
Kyle: It’s not as fruity as some Earl Greys I’ve had.
Stacey: I want this to be a London Fog right now.
Brooke: Well we have soy milk and vanilla extract…?
Stacey: Nope!
Brooke: I feel like this is a get your stuff done tea; not a “start you day” tea or “unwind tea”.
Kyle: Yeah, it puts hair on your chest.
Stacey: Hey, I wonder where the name of “Earl Grey” came from…
Brooke: Wait… is Duke and Earl the same thing?
Kyle: I think so.
Stacey: So the name “the Duke of Earl” doesn’t really make sense then…
Kyle: This tea kind of reminds me of a standard Orange Pekoe. It’s like Brooke said, it’s very strong.
Brooke: I don’t know this tea tastes like viscount tea to me!

*Fast forward two days when Brooke and I decide try the tea again and I steep it for the right amount of time*

Brooke: Oh this is muuuuch better.
Stacey: I agree, much lighter today.  Ahh, now that’s a good tea.

Tea Vibes

Brooke: This kind of tea should be steeped for no more than 5 minutes or else you risk getting the bitterness we got initially. I think we should try making a London Fog using this one. This tea is a good tea for experimenting because it’s a good base. I would offer it to my people but I am not going to rave about it. It’s what you ask for.  7/10


Stacey: I definitely agree—trying this as a London Fog is a must. It’s an awesome Earl Grey, and has that organic taste that we have come to expect from nourishtea. It’s a delicious cup of tea that I would recommend to avid Earl Grey tea drinkers. 8/10

Final Thoughts

Congrats to Kyle on successfully defending his Master’s thesis! Come back for a tea any time…

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


“Nah, all you need is some Duke of Earl tea.”

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Cream of Earl Grey

Hello fellow tea drinkers!

After a weekend of dancing and formal events we’re back for another tea time. Let’s jump right in!

Since we skipped two black teas (see our: Crème Brûlée post) and we both had a long day of master’s work ahead of us, we decided to go back for a caffeine-induced black tea.

Brooke: So you push from the bottom and I’ll pull it out from the top. *Pop* Well that was eas– [mid sentence, the tea container flies out of her hand and rolls under the radiator]-y.
Stacey: Ohh…
Brooke: Well… it’s a feisty one, at least…oooh, Organic Cream of Earl Grey!

Cream of Earl Grey
Tea: Organic Cream of Earl Grey

Ingredients:  Black tea, cornflowers, natural vanilla and bergamot flavouring.

DAVIDsTEA Description: “A creamy twist Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.”

This tea was listed as a medium-caffeine black tea, so given our last experience with Salted Caramel, we opted to have one cup each instead of a pot. We steeped 1.5tsp of tea in 98 degree water for approximately 4 minutes.  Then we just let the aroma take over…

Stacey: Oh, it smells like a London Fog.
Brooke: I’m going to love this.

*sip*

 Stacey: You know for smelling like London Fog, I’m not really getting the London Fog taste. But that’s not a bad thing; I was thinking it would be much like the London Fog you get at a Second Cup. I like this better, because it doesn’t have the extra sugar.
Brooke: Makes me think of my aunt Tracey! : ) She often offers me tea when I come for a visit and it’s always a type of Earl Grey (Lady Grey, I think?). This one is DEVINE. No need to throw any milk or sugar into this baby!

[We paused to watch a video of Brooke’s baby niece talking to a star, a moon, and a sheep. Aaaadorable.]

Brooke: The vanilla is wonderful; it really softens the blow of such a strong tea. Also, babies.
Stacey: I am really enjoying this brew; this is definitely a sip-able, drinkable tea.  Yes, babies.
Brooke: Hopefully the caffeine doesn’t make you go too crazy. We can’t have that again.

Tea Vibes

Stacey: This is certainly not your typical cup of Earl Grey but it’s not too wacky either. DAVIDsTEA doesn’t throw intense flavours at you; just subtle hints of vanilla; that changes it up a bit. If you’re a fan of London Fogs, this is the tea for you (with less of a sugary base, of course). Mmm! A solid tea and a good staple to have in our cupboards. I give it 8/10 because it’s the best Earl Grey I think I’ve ever tasted.

Brooke:  This is a good morning tea; it starts you off on the right foot, creamy and smooth. No milk needed, no sugar needed. Reminds me of my Aunt-tea (get it?). Yep, I’m okay with us buying a batch of this for the cupboard [Stacey: I’m okay with that too, we need some regulars in here]. I know I keep giving this out, but another solid 8.5/10.

What’s a better way to start a morning than babies and tea? Hmm? Exactly.

Well, a bit of a shorter post today, but honestly this tea needs no lavish description to promote itself; it’s a solid brew. Definitely a must-try for Earl Grey lovers everywhere.

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke


Here, have this baby in a teacup.