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St. Isaac's Blend

5 star average rating
14 Reviews Write a Review
A premium blend of Ceylon and China teas, the smooth black tea base balances well with the refreshing natural flavors of bergamot and citrus fruit. Popular in Europe, this Russian-style blend is recommended for an interesting departure from traditional Earl Grey.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 4-5 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)


loose leaf black tea, natural flavor
St. Isaac's Blend Reviews
5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (based on 14 reviews)

  • My go to gift T
  • 4 star rating
  • william – NY – April 14, 2021
  • This is my favorite tea for gifting. Who doesn't like Earl Grey? And this Russian blend is unusual and surprising.
  • Favorite so far
  • 4 star rating
  • Vincent – CT – March 14, 2021
  • I’m on a mission to find the best earl grey right now. Been trying some old ones and some new. This came up and I figured it was worth a shot. Pleasantly surprised at how awesome this is. Smooth and just bright enough. Good amount of bergamot. Seems like there’s a touch of Keemun in the blend. Delicious. Love it.
  • Not for me
  • 4 star rating
  • Kathleen – NY – February 07, 2021
  • First purchase from Upton, and I ordered sample sizes of multiple Earl Grey-style teas. I was really surprised that I didn't like this one, but it was just too floral for my nose. Flavor on the tongue was fine, but I'll likely get more of the Original Earl Grey next time instead. Spouse liked it though, but his nose isn't as sensitive as mine.
  • Very good
  • 5 star rating
  • Mike – PA – January 31, 2021
  • Very good alternative for Lady Grey
  • Excellent
  • 5 star rating
  • Erin – MA – November 29, 2020
  • Great black tea blend
  • One of my favorite teas
  • 5 star rating
  • Joseph – SC – October 14, 2020
  • Bought some of this and fell in love instantly. I taste more than just a hint of black licorice, which to me is very soothing and satisfying. That licorice note complements the bergamot perfectly, yet leaving its citrus note quite notably distinct. A perfect blend, is St. Isaac's! Gotta buy more.
  • Wonderful companion Tea to Earl Grey Créme Vanilla
  • 5 star rating
  • Bruce – MA – June 18, 2020
  • My favorite daily tea is the Earl Grey Créme Vanilla. I was looking for an additional tea which would have a similar taste profile. The St. Issac’s Blend is the perfect companion tea to Créme Vanilla which I drink in the afternoon. It’s also a German import. More spice, and the finish is perhaps a bit more pronounced. Excellent!
  • Lemony Bergamot
  • 5 star rating
  • Paul – WV – September 24, 2019
  • I like Earl Grey because of the bergamot aroma and flavor (aromatic component is in "4711" cologne, also) , so I was induced to try this variant. Both the aroma of the dry leaves and the flavor that comes through in the tea are very likable. I steep my tea for 4 minutes, starting with the water at about 210°(typical b.p.) at the initial pouring.
  • Oh so fragrant
  • 5 star rating
  • Janet – TX – May 14, 2019
  • This is a very fragrant, smooth tea that I discovered when offered a sample about a year ago. Since then I have ordered several times. While I used to drink such a tea in the afternoon, I now have to limit my caffeine intake to the morning, so this has become my personal breakfast tea. I find it a bit brighter than the standard Earl Grey.
  • Who's Earl Grey? long live St. Isaac
  • 5 star rating
  • Jerry – MI – April 16, 2019
  • This tea tone's down an Earl Grey tea and gives it a lemony kick. It sounds lame, but drinking this tea starts with the nose. It's like aromatherapy in a cup.
  • Winna
  • 4 star rating
  • Chuck – ME – February 23, 2019
  • Not a fan of Earl Gray tea, don’t like bergamot. Being a free sample I figured I’d try it. Wow, the fresh smell of lemon alone peaked my interest. Being blended with the Russian black tea made a world of difference. This may become one of my regular choices.
  • Favorite of the Earl Grey types
  • 5 star rating
  • Katherine – NY – February 20, 2019
  • I did a taste test of all the Earl Grey's, and didn't find a huge variation- loved them all. I thought this one might be a refreshing twist on a classic, but it was the most quintessential to me, exactly what I want in an Earl Grey.
  • Great, Smooth Earl Grey Taste-alike
  • 5 star rating
  • Dave – MA – February 14, 2019
  • I received this tea as a sample with my regular tea and just tried it this morning. It was fantastic. According to Upton's description, it's a Russian-style blend with citrus and bergamot, but to me, it tastes like a smooth, robust Earl Grey. I drink most of my teas with honey and a little milk and with those added, this tea is outstanding!
  • Fragrant and smooth
  • 5 star rating
  • Heather – CA – December 14, 2018
  • I’m a fan of Earl Greys, and I generally go in for blends with extra bergamot. This blend satisfies my desire for a fragrant cup and a complex citrus profile. Even with a long steeping (5 min) and no sweetener, it is a smooth cup with a pronounced flavor. I predict I will reorder this one!
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