Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with oil from the citrus bergamot fruit, a sort of orange. Stories about the origins of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin. As a gift of gratitude, the diplomat was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, the diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Mandarin. In any event, it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.
We're happy with either story. The fact that we have this divine blend is enough on its own to spread a happy smile across our faces. Some of our customers like to mix Classic Earl Grey and Classic Black for their own custom blend - we think they're onto something!
Bring fresh filtered (if possible) water to the boil. Traditionally, one tsp per cup is recommended. However, we use a little less than this. Allow the tea to steep for 3 - 5 minutes to ensure you extract the best flavour without allowing the tea to become bitter by over-steeping. If you like, add lemon to taste, or milk/sugar.
Classic Earl Grey
Black tea, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant).