While often misclassified, as it’s own type of tea –Earl Grey actually implies a specific variation of flavored tea. The unique flavoring of this traditionally black tea comes from the infusion of bergamot oil, extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange –which, without getting to scientific, is like an orange… related to a lemon… whos best friends with a grapefruit… and knows a lime. While this flavorful tea infusion is associated with English culture, it is likely a Chinese creation dating back to the 1700s. During this time, tea masters were constantly working with unique flavors and aromas to please both upper class consumers as well as sea merchants. Legend has it that the tea was first given as a gift to Charles Grey, the British Prime Minister, around the 1830s. The Grey family began sharing this tea and soon the delightful flavor took hold, earning it the name “Earl Grey’s Mixture” –which since this time has become the most recognized flavored tea in the world.
Nutritionally speaking, like all teas that come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the tea contains natural compounds called flavonoids and flavonols –which are powerful antioxidants that help your body rid itself of potentially harmful molecules known as free-radicals. Research suggests that this may help protect against health issues like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Brewing at Home
Our Organic Black Earl Grey Tea beautifully combines the rich full-bodied taste of black tea leaves with the mildly sweet and floral flavors of delicately infused bergamot oil. This contrasting flavor profile is perfect for both black tea enthusiasts looking to try something unique, as well as those who find the taste of conventional black tea a bit much. This premium blend is brewed like all black teas: use water that is roughly 200f and steep 2-3 minutes (longer will release tannins that result in a bitter taste). Assuming you don’t have a teapot thermometer, remember that water simmers around 190f and boils at 212f -ish. Once brewed, the cup is the ultimate breakfast tea, beautifully enjoyed black, or per English fashion, mixed with a healthy scoop of cream and sugar. But you can also get culinary with your Earl Grey! Try adding a bag to a simmering stock to lend a unique flavor to savory sauces, or add loose leaves to heated butter or cream (and strain) to incorporate the unique floral sweetness into desserts!
Ingredients: organic earl grey tea