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Earl Grey - A Mini Guide

Earl Grey - A Mini Guide

You can argue that Earl Grey tea is probably one of the most famous tea blends, but what is it and how did it attach the name of Earl Grey? All will be told in this week's mini guide on Earl Grey!


History

The Earl Grey blend has actually been known in England since at least the 1820s. This is because Earl Grey was actually a hereditary title of British aristocracy. The title was first created in 1806, however it was the second Earl Grey, Charles, whom the tea blend is thought to be named after. The history of the flavour is an interesting one as well, as it is said that bergamot oil was added to cheaper black teas to emulate the fragrance of more expensive varieties, which is now your modern day Earl Grey.


The Blend 

It is traditionally made with black tea which is then flavoured with the oil from the bergamot orange, which is commonly grown in Calabria, Italy. For the best tea flavour, we recommend serving Earl Grey black, however it still works with milk if you wish for a silkier texture. There are also variations to this traditional tea blend, the main one known as Lady Grey, which adds more floral and citrus notes to the drink. 


The Taste

The best way to describe Earl Grey would definitely be an almost potent floral flavor with hints of citrus. The use of the bergamot orange isn’t too overpowering yet you still know and enjoy the flavours it provides. The bergamot is described almost as a midpoint between orange and lemon, meaning its taste would often be described as bright, refreshing, and bold.


If you haven’t already, you should check out our fantastic Earl Grey and Lady Grey, both of which are fantastic choices to have in your tea collection!