Barrington Tea @ Grocery Outlet


I’m a moderate tea drinker and mostly a fan of Twinings English Breakfast Tea, which I buy at the supermarket when it’s on sale or at Santos Spice Products, where a 50-tea bag box is only $5 or so. But it’s not always possible to get it at either place, so when I found myself with no tea last week, I decided to give the Barrington Tea I found at Grocery Outlet a try. At about $1.50 for a 20-tea bag box, I figured I wasn’t gambling much. And to my surprise, I ended up liking this tea quite a bit.
I usually like plain black tea mixes – like English breakfast, though I’ll have the occasional cup of Earl Grey. I drink my tea with milk and sugar.
Only “Pure Ceylon Black Tea” is listed as an ingredient on the Barrigton English Breakfast tea box, but I could swear the tea has some sort of flavoring in it. I can taste hints of mint and something else which makes the tea taste particularly sweet. It’s not as robust as the Twinings, but it stands well to milk and sugar, a bag is strong enough for two mugs and it doesn’t seem to over-brew very fast (I don’t usually remove the tea bag while I’m drinking the tea). In all, I’m quite happy with this tea and I’ll probably go and, given the price, I’ll probably go and pick up a few more boxes of it to keep in case Grocery Outlet stops carrying it. The tea expiration date is 11/12, so it should be good for quite a while.
A final thing that I like about this tea is that the bags come in plain paper covers. Twinings’ come in sealed waxed/metallic paper bags, which I don’t think I can recycle/compost.
Finally, I haven’t found much about the Barrington Tea company online – which makes me assume it’s quite new. According to its website, their corporate offices are in Palo Alto. The tea comes from Sri Lanka.

I just got a box of their Ceylon tea and I’ve enjoyed it very much as well. It’s a robust black tea, with some hint of flavoring but not as strongly as in the English Breakfast. It’s very nice with milk & sugar. I’d buy it again, though now I’m curious about trying the Trader Joe’s tea, which is even cheaper.
I’ve also tried the Earl Gray tea and this one has disappointed me. It’s very weak and it doesn’t really have a different spicing than the other teas – it’s just weaker. I won’t be buying it again.


6 Comments on “Barrington Tea @ Grocery Outlet”

  1. jim Carol says:

    I liked your tea bought english breakfast ceylon tea. Would like to know where to buy your tea. The store I bought it at no longer carries it.

  2. Pat Gans says:

    I was delighted to find a post on Barrington Tea. Like yourself I have been trying to find more info on this brand. I regularly purchase both their green tea and the Jasmine Tea both of which I drink plain. The Jasmine is one of the most flavorful I have had. Jasmine is my preferred drink so I have tried many different brands Barrington’s is in my opinion the best value for the price. The flavor is full and intense visually if that concerns a person , it is a bit dark.

  3. crystal says:

    Barrington tea at grocery outlet in oregon for around $1.49 us dollars..It is slendid and very affordable..I have earl grey and english breakfast..SO glad there are people who honor tea as well as give constant comments about this product. Good day!

  4. Shirley Swenson says:

    your organic green tea was given to me and love it!! Where can I buy some more???

  5. Marilynne Adams says:

    I love the taste of your tea, but lately I find that at least 1/3 of the bags are broken open in the pkg. or break open in the water. This is Green Tea and also English Breakfast Tea. Makes me leary of buying more.

  6. Pam says:

    It is good, but cheaply made, which is probably why you found hints of flavor in what should be a pure black tea. Also, my current box has defective bags which come apart during brewing. Bummer having to strain bagged tea.

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