This popular flavored tea blend has its roots in 1830s Great Britain. As the legend goes, the British Prime Minister Earl Grey II had rescued the young son of a Chinese Mandarin from drowning (or the son of an Indian Rajah from a tiger, depending on who’s telling the story). The grateful father brought him a gift of blended Indian and Ceylon teas flavored with oil of bergamot, extracted from the rind of bergamot oranges.
The bergamot orange is not orange! Its skin is green in color and it is rather shaped like a pear. Bergamot oranges are almost exclusively grown in Italy. Probably more than you needed to know about the essential flavoring that makes Earl Grey tea so special, but there it is!
This tea is sold loose leaf, meaning it will not arrive packed in tea bags.
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- “I ordered this tea and had in my mind foppish britishers snorting tea whilst telling one and all about their latest Indian safari. I was wrong. The Earl Grey grows on you it took me a couple of pots to get used to the aroma. I like other teas but my daughter home for the summer said,"Buy another Dad." So here I am. db”
- “My husband and I enjoy this tea very much in the early morning sitting on the porch.”
The tea smells and tastes incredible. Must have if you like Earl Grey.”
“Finally! Actual real Earl Grey tea you can taste. Most other EG's I've tried, including brand names, taste weakly of bergamot or perhaps the tea leaves looked at a bergamot on the way through packaging. Not so here......this one smacks you in the face (in a good way) when you open the bag. My wife was across the kitchen and immediately noticed the scent.