Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with the oil from the citrus fruit bergamot - a sort of orange. The stories of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavoured tea. This diplomat upon his return to Britain presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says that it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the life of the Mandarin. In any event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830 to 1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable. Lavender Earl Grey is a sophisticated variant of the original.
Some people enjoy this tea with a little milk or coconut milk.
Some people like to add a little honey.
Also delicious iced.
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - double the amount of tea per cup is recommended.
When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice and then serve.
For a smoother taste experience.
Place the tea in a jug and add cold water.
Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge)
Strain and enjoy.
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka / France / Albania.
Region: Nuwara Eliya & Dimbula & Uva / Provence / Tirana.
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe).
Ethical Sourcing: Sourced from farms monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
Cup Characteristics: An exquisite Earl Grey character made more sophisticated by soft natural Lavender flowers.
Infusion: Bright and coppery.
Ingredients: Luxury black Orange Pekoe tea, lavender flowers, cornflower petals, natural flavours.
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
Wonderful Earl Grey
My favourite EG blend . Flavoursome and balanced . Great any time of day
Sue Tolley | Shropshire | February 2023
You can really taste the Lavender, it gives a nice floral note and makes the tea almost creamy, surprisingly delicious!
Martin Robinson | Grantham | November 2020
The nicest earl grey I’ve ever had
Be warned - this tea is highly addictive and you probably won’t want to drink anything else ever again. Can’t recommend it enough
E Richards | Warwickshire | April 2020