History of Earl Grey
Early grey is named after Charles Grey, an Earl and British Prime Minister in the early 19th
century. It is a black blend that is flavoured with the oil from the rind of bergamot orange, a
popular variety from Italy. It is believed that Charles Grey commissioned a Chinese tea master
to make a blend to suit the lime-laden water at Northumberland, his family seat. The addition of
bergamot oil made for a delicious brew. And lady Grey would always serve her guests the tea,
popularising the tea in aristocrats who insisted that it be sold commercially.
Types of Earl Grey
Over the years there have been versions of it
Lady Grey - Named after Mary Elizabeth Grey, wife of Earl Charles Grey. There are two
versions to this - Citrus Lady Grey and Lavender Lady Grey. A blend of black tea and Seville
oranges and Black Tea and Lavender, respectively.
Russian Earl Grey - Blend of Black tea with bits of citrus peel and lemongrass in addition to
French Earl Grey - Blend of black tea with bergamot and rose petals
Red Earl Grey- Blend of rooibos and bergamot.It is a decaffeinated Earl Grey as rooibos is a
plant from South Africa, used for making tisanes.
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