Named after Prime Minister Charles Grey, Earl Grey is often associated with the upper-class and reserved for special occasions. However, such is its popularity, this delicious, fragrant tea has recently risen to fame as an ingredient, with Earl Grey flavoured cakes, biscuits, preserves and even gins and cocktails appearing in restaurants, recipes and supermarkets all over the UK.
The tea originated as a replication of a tea given to the Prime Minister by a Chinese Mandarin, legend has it, as a gift after one of the Lord’s men saved his son from drowning.
What is Earl Grey tea?
Earl Grey tea is a flavoured tea, made from a blend of Keemun tea with Bergamot oil. Bergamot is a type of orange that mainly grows in Italy and France, and is said to be a hybrid of lemon and bitter orange plants. This tea is both full bodied and, delicate and refreshing, owing to its sunny notes of Bergamot, and is a quintessentially British classic.
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