Earl Grey Tea

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Since the 1820′s Earl Grey tea has traditionally been a Chinese black tea flavoured with bergamot oil. It is assumed to be named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and British prime minister in the 1830′s, he was said to have received a gift of tea flavoured with bergamot from the Chinese as a diplomatic gift.

This could have been due to the government of India act 1833 which, when passed that ensured that the East India Trading Company lost its monopoly on China trade, which was mostly tea. It was the East India Company that first documented the Chinese usage of orange flavoured tea, this then led to the development of Earl Grey.

Today, Earl Grey has become an institution which is ingrained into the social fabric of British society. With large historical tea companies all having their own versions of Earl Grey. our house Earl Grey is a blend of Keemun, Assam and Darjeeling blended with high-quality bergamot oil which won gold at The Great Taste Awards, so it must be good!

Cream Earl Grey TeaCream Earl Grey tea

Our Cream Earl Grey is a blend of Ceylon Teas, bergamot oil and added vanilla! This tea is full of soft creamy and comforting notes of orange and vanilla, it is the perfect cup of tea for a cold, winters day. We have also found that this tea makes a perfect base for a gin cocktail! Simply add some Cream Earl Grey to a brand of gin of your choice, leave for three to four hours, strain and mix with your favourite tonic and a slice of lemon!

Versailles Lavender Earl Grey teaVersailles Lavender Earl Grey Tea

This tea uses the finest French lavender, bergamot oil and Ceylon tea. By ussing Ceylon tea,  it allows for more of the added flavours to be established within the cup, without an overpowering black tea. We have named this blend Versailles lavender because the Palace of Versailles was King Louis XIV home and he had quite the fondness for the scent of lavender, so much so that he demanded to be bathed in Lavender scented water every morning. In 1658, he even demanded by royal decree that lavender was to be used to scent soap. We imagine that it helped the King relax before a hard days work…

Russian Earl Grey tea

During the 17th Century, tea was carried to Russia from China over the Gobi desert. The custom of using a slice of lemon to take the dusty flavour off of the well-travelled tea soon evolved into a Russian appreciation for teas with a citrus character.

The story goes…In 1618, the Chinese ambassador presented Tsar Michael Fedorovich with several chests of tea as a gift. Although this gift was accepted with grace, the tea itself was not very well received as the Tsar and people of the court were accustomed to drinking warm fruit teas and herbal beverages. The chef added orange oil and lemongrass to the blend which became a fashion that spread through Russia.

The added lemongrass creates a sweet and soothing blend. A splash of milk really makes this a comforting cup!

View all Earl Grey Teas here.

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