Earl Grey Tea – What is It?

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Are you a tea lover?

There are countless tea varieties and flavors available worldwide, but one that has caught on extremely well over the past 150 years is Earl Grey.

The unique aroma of this tea is derived from oils of the rind of a bergamot orange. This a a highly fragrant orange available in China. How did a Chinese citrus lead to a very English name?

The Early Grey was the British prime minister in the 1830′s. Supposedly, his estate was one of the first to blend black tea leaves with bergamot, after receiving a gift from a diplomat that returned from China. The fragrant tea quickly rose in popularity and to this day enjoys worldwide success.

  • Hugh

    The other story about the origin of Earl Grey tea is that in the days of our Indian Empire some British folk had stored tea which went “off” because of the conditions. To make it potable they added the bergamot.

  • mark justice hinton

    Any truth to the claim that bergamot contributes to leg cramps for some people?

  • Earl Gray

    The other story is one that of my life. Nice to meet you, I’m Earl Gray.

    • Britt N

      Haha, wow, Did your parents name you after the tea or was it an accident?

  • jadegreen_eyz

    I drank Twinings Earl Gray tea for many years but only do so occasionally now because I found I had a preference for Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea.

    • Utopia

      Agree. I love the English breakfast tea by them. Do you know how Irish and English Breakfast teas differ in taste? I also discovered a Scotish.

      • jadegreen_eyz

        Utopia, I have also had their English breakfast tea and it is quite good but transitioned to the Irish because it’s stronger in strength of flavor. If you look at the top of the 20 tea bag box, toward the bottom, you will see a row of 5 leaves. I believe on the English type, only 2 or 3 of the leaves are whited out, the Irish tea has 4, indicating it will provide a stronger brew. I always have my large mug of Irish with one level teaspoon of sugar and a splash of whole milk. Is the Scottish tea also a Twining brand? I’ve never seen it.

        • Utopia

          I will look for that on the box. Thanks so much. No, the Scotish isn’t by Twining. I found the Scotish breakfast tea at Whole Foods. I much prefer the English as the the Scotish isn’t necessarily stronger but has more of a bite to it. A tad more acidic too if that accurately describes it. Happy tea drinking!

  • Sammy

    Earl gray tea is delicious! There is a great aroma that you get when tea is setting. Lipton tea doesn’t do that Lol.

  • Anonymous

    Earl Gray makes great iced tea. So much better than Lipton.

  • Amanda Ferguson

    I can’t be the only person that started drinking Earl Grey tea because of Captain Picard.

    • TraceyTucker100

      Me too!

      • Aria Gonzalez

        Ditto. Although I only tried it because of Picard. I stayed because it’s awesome.

    • Michael

      Picard forever! My favorite Star Trek captain from my all-time favorite Star Trek series!

  • Cactus_Wren

    Am I the only one who thinks Tazo’s Earl Grey smells of lavender? It’s not unpleasant, but rather odd.

  • monikarobinski

    My favourite tea.

  • D

    Early Grey? Charles Grey I believe.