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 the Prime Minister of 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.
|Ingredients||Black tea, natural and artificial flavouring, bergamot oil|
Customer Reviews (7)
- My very favorite Murchie’s teaReview by Victoria
- My very favorite Murchie’s tea. Excellence in blending, please never change it - always interesting, fragrant & Wonderful! (Posted on 2015-12-28)
- Nectar of the GodsReview by MFM
- Murchie's Earl Grey tea truly is the nectar of the gods. It is the ONLY Earl Grey tea I drink. I have my mug every morning and have had for more than 20 years. There is nothing like it. It is my daily piece of heaven. (Posted on 2013-05-08)
- Our Favorite - Delicious!Review by ML
- I tried this tea when I was in your tea shop in Victoria, really enjoyed it and took some home to California with me. My husband and I really enjoy it, so full flavored and aromatic. It makes excellent iced tea also. Thank you for a fantastic tea! (Posted on 2013-04-01)
- Excellent!Review by Long time Murchie tea addict
- I have been consuming their teas for as long as I can ever remember. Murchies tea has been a long time staple in my life of being a tea drinker. It began as a special treat, my dad brought back a bunch of samples from Vancouver BC which then turned into a life long addiction to the brand and the product. I would be lost without these guys. This and all of their other teas I have tried are very special and unique in the tea trade. Their Earl Gray is the absolute tops! (Posted on 2013-03-11)
- The very bestReview by PT
I have sampled several high end Earl Grays over the years and Murchie's is our hand's down blend of choice for ourselves and my mother in law as well. Never get's bitter and has a unique flavour that is strong and mellow at the same time. The fragrance is out of this world!. Definitely on our "comfort foods" list.
(Posted on 2012-11-19)
- Best Earl Grey TeaReview by JP
- Murchie's Earl Grey Tea is the best! The flavour is the best I've found. I like a strong cup of tea and like to steep it a long time but other Earl Grey teas turn bitter if steeped too long. This tea never has a bitter taste, even if I leave the tea bag in my cup the whole time I'm enjoying my tea. The flavour gets stronger but not bitter. (Posted on 2012-10-05)
- Great Go To Tea!Review by Kyla - Murchie's Team Member
- This is my favorite go to Tea. It has everything you need for a perfect afternoon cup of tea on its own, or to pair with a treat. I love how full the flavor is. (Posted on 2012-06-29)
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Flavour Profile Guide
Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.
Tea Strength RatingsThis rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.
|Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour|
|Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup|
|Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness|
|Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well|
|Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness|
Coffee RatingsWe rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.
Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:
|Light Roast||More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker|
|Medium Roast||Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess|
|Dark Roast||Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal|
Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:
|Light Body||Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate|
|Medium Body||Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour|
|Full Body||Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers|
Tea Brewing Guide
Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.
Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.
Brew times shown in minutes.
Coffee Brewing Guide
The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.
Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through
• Fine to medium grind coffee
• 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
• 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
• Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
• Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!