Earl grey tea is often a crowd pleaser. This steep has the ability to transition with ease between roles as a casual cuppa to the centerpiece of an elegant high tea. Despite the popularity of this timeless classic, there are many myths and misconceptions that surrounds it.

What makes an earl grey?

A true earl grey consists of two ingredients: black tea leaves and pure oil of bergamot. Earl grey is an untrademarked name so there are many different versions and spin-offs one might find today. However, a high-quality earl grey is prized for its beautiful whole tea leaves, uplifting aroma, citrus taste and a robust steep. Ours is no exception.

That refreshing earl grey flavour tastes like citrus because it comes directly from a true citrus: the bergamot orange. The oil that is blended with the tea leaves is pressed from the rinds of the bergamot orange, or citrus bergamia, a plant native to Italy. We have taken great care in the selection of a pure, cold pressed and Certified Organic oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy.

The origin story of this unique combination remains in question. It is not truly known if it was the British Prime Minister, Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey who inspired this popular tea blend. Was it a Chinese recipe offered as a gift? Was it a response to poor water quality? Or was it simple serendipity? Perhaps more importantly, is the way in which earl grey has become interwoven into our own personal stories and circles.

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Earl Grey with Loose Tea Leaves ::

  1. Take 1 tsp (2-3 grams) of loose leaf tea per cup (250ml) of boiling water
  2. Pour boiling water over leaves in the cup or teapot of your choice.
  3. Steep 3-5 minutes or to taste (for a stronger taste, steep for longer)
  4. Enjoy as is or stir in the milk and sweetener of your choice. Enjoy!
These steeping instructions apply for all of the teas in our Earl Collection - Classic Earl, Cream of Earl, Decaf Earl, Black Lavender, Black Orange and Persia 

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