Earl Grey is known for being a rich black tea. Containing bergamot oil, the flavor is both rich and fruity. Earl Grey tastes great with lemon or other citrus, and pairs well with pastries.
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The Earl Grey blend, or "Earl Grey's Mixture" is assumed to be named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. He reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil. A "Grey's Tea" is known from the 1850s, but the first known published references to an "Earl Grey" tea are advertisements by Charlton & Co. of Jermyn Street in London in the 1880s.
According to one legend, a grateful Chinese mandarin whose son was rescued from drowning by one of Lord Grey's men first presented the blend to the Earl in 1803. The tale appears to be apocryphal, as Lord Grey never set foot in China and the use of bergamot oil to scent tea was then unknown in China. However, this tale is subsequently told (and slightly corrected) on the Twinings website, as "having been presented by an envoy on his return from China".
Jacksons of Piccadilly claim they originated Earl Grey's Tea, Lord Grey having given the recipe to Robert Jackson & Co. partner George Charlton in 1830. According to Jacksons, the original recipe has been in constant production and has never left their hands. Theirs has been based on Chinese black tea since the beginning.
According to the Grey family, the tea was specially blended by a Chinese Mandarin-speaking individual for Lord Grey, to suit the water at Howick Hall, the family seat in Northumberland, using bergamot in particular to offset the preponderance of lime in the local water. Lady Grey used it to entertain in London as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it as a brand.
A 2010 survey found that a significant minority of people in the United Kingdom associate drinking Earl Grey tea with being "posh" or upper class.
Earl Grey tea in Wikipedia. Retrieved July 7, 2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Grey_tea
1. Bring purified water to a boil
2. Remove boiling water from heat and allow to cool to between 185° to 195°
3. Pour 8oz of your heated water over 1 teaspoon of Earl Grey Black Tea per serving
4. Allow your Earl Grey Black Tea to steep for 3 to 4 minutes
1. Pour 1/2 tin (14 grams) of Earl Grey Black Tea into 1 gallon of water
2. Place your Earl Grey Black Tea in the refrigerator
3. Allow to steep for 6 hours
4. Strain out the tea leaves
28 Grams | 2 Gallons | 32 Cups