Earl Grey Tea
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
— Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady.
Earl Grey is the world's most famous flavoured black tea. Earl Grey owes its citrusy flavor to the addition of bergamot essential oil. Bergamot is a small lemony fruit.
Due to the natural sweetness of Earl Grey, this tea classic combines well with the sweets served during an afternoon, such as scones, Madeline cakes and shortbread.
Few people know that the tea was named after Charles, the 2nd Earl Grey and the British Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834.
The stories of the blend's origins are many and varied. It has been claimed the recipe was given to a British diplomat in gratitude for saving the mandarin's life while in China on a mission for the Prime Minister. Some say it was Earl Grey himself who traveled through China and saved the mandarin. Neither story has ever been substantiated.
Be that as it may, Earl Grey is an unprecedented classic that has earned its place in the annals of tea history. A blend that has convinced many of the benefits and diversity that tea has to offer.
There are many variations on the Earl Grey theme. For example, there is Earl Grey based on Rooibos or green tea. But extra ingredients are also added to the tea to create a special taste sensation. There is the Lady Grey with extra cornflower blossom and citrus, an Earl Grey with Jasmine, a Russian Earl Grey or even an Amsterdam Earl Grey!
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