Earl Grey tea was named after Charles Grey, the second earl in his line. He was Prime Minister to King William IV in the early 19th century. The legend is that the Earl was given the recipe by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends, and whose life he had saved.
Earl Grey is a blend of Indian and Ceylon teas. The tea gets its unusual flavor from oil of BERGAMOT. Bergamot is a small acidic orange. The latest research indicates that the Bergamot orange is a cross between the sweet or pear lemon (Citrus Limetta) and the Seville or sour orange (Citrus Aurantium). The sour orange is native to southern Vietnam, hence the Chinese connection.
This tea has a light refreshing taste, and can be served hot with or without milk or sugar. It can be used to make iced tea.
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The tart, orangey flavor in Earl Grey tea comes from oil of bergamot, a small citrus fruit that is a hybrid of a sweet lemon and a Seville, or sour orange, a native fruit to southern Vietnam. Although it is a blend of Ceylon and Indian teas, the recipe for the tea was purportedly given to Charles Grey, the second earl in his line, by a Mandarin man whose life he had saved.