Early Grey tea is one of the most well-known teas in the world – and a favourite with the British.
This is a classic afternoon tea yet you can consume at any time of the day.
Earl Grey’s distinctive flavour derives from a black tea base flavoured with oil from the rind of bergamot orange. Quality and taste can vary, according to where and how the tea is grown and processed.
The bergamot orange is a citrus fruit with the look and flavour somewhere between an orange and a lemon, with a little grapefruit and lime.
The tea’s name came from Earl Grey, the Earl of Howick Hall. In 1833, when Prime Minister, he suspended the price monopoly the East India Company had over the tea trade with China.
The originally pure Chinese tea has a light flavour with the fine oil from the bergamot fruit. This additional fragrance’s aim was to protect the tea from the taste of mould and tar which could arise during the long sea voyage to England.
Tea lovers typically drink it black, but some like a dash of milk or a thin slice of lemon with it.
Have it the way you want it. This Earl Grey is ready for any occasion.
About Earl Grey tea
Origin: Ceylon, Chinese
Flavour: black tea, citrusy, natural bergamot flavour with other natural flavourings
Weight: 100g loose (or 15 pyramid bags @ 3g Per bag)
Made from a single-origin remote region in Sri Lanka.
When brewed, both the tea and bergamot oil infuse into the water, giving the distinct, aromatic flavour.
The combination of the black tea and bergamot is the perfect balance of body and aroma. The subtle fragrant with enough of the spicy hit of bergamot to make it a true earl grey.
You may want to try another tea as well, our Orange Sencha Tea.