Sometimes it feels like Earl Grey has practically become synonymous with Twinings. It was invented at our shop on the Strand in 1831 at the behest of the Prime Minster, Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey. And we named it after him.
But Earl Grey tea, believe it or not, is not its own category of tea. It falls into the category of flavoured teas. Flavoured teas include any type of tea - white, green, oolong, black - that has been scented or flavoured with fruit, flowers, spices, oils, extracts, and natural or artificial flavours.
This being the case, Earl Grey tea is not as simple as it first appears.
Our master blenders have exploited the freedom that being a “flavoured tea” brings; flavour meaning the distinctive taste of a food or a drink. Traditional Earl Grey has, of course, a very distinctive flavour – perfumed as it is with the smell and taste of bergamot. But we have a veritable plethora of variations on the theme of this beloved tea.
Read on as we give you the full kaleidoscope of Earl Grey flavours and infusions to tickle your taste buds.