Featured Tea: Earl Grey
A traditional blend of black teas with the essence of aromatic bergamot, Earl Grey is one of the world’s most iconic teas.
The name of this tea is typically attributed to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1830 – 1834. Legend has it he saved the son of a Chinese mandarin and was given the tea as a reward for the heroic deed. According to the "official" record published by Howick Hall, the home of Charles Grey, a Chinese mandarin blended the tea (which contained bergamot) to disguise the taste of lime in the well water of the earl's home; the tea was later served by Lady Grey in London where it received a warm reception.
In an effort to find the true origins of the name "Earl Grey tea", the Oxford English Dictionary invited the public to contribute information on early references to the name. Eager tea lovers found old advertisements dating back to 1884 about an "Earl Grey's Mixture", but it was not until 1928 that Jackson's of Piccadilly claimed that they had blended this tea for a former Earl Grey back in 1836. Despite extensive research, the Oxford English Dictionary was unable to find conclusive evidence on when the name "Earl Grey tea" was coined.
Today, Earl Grey tea is a well-loved classic amongst tea connoisseurs and regular drinkers alike. With the addition of Darjeeling and natural bergamot oil, our blend has an extra sparkle: we think you'll agree it's one of the world's best.