Earl Grey

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Earl Grey Tea is a classic British flavoured tea, drunk predominantly in the afternoon. Earl Grey was originally belnded for the second Earl Grey and was given to his grocer, a partner in the tea firm, Robert Jackson which is now part of Twinings (a subsidiary of the ABF food and clothing conglomerate). However, the tea was never registered and so the blend has been copied by many tea companies. In contrast, Lady Grey has been registered and is trademarked to Twinings.

Earl Grey is a delicious tea traditionally produced from Chinese black tea and bergamot oil, and Chai - an Indian black tea mixed with spices including cardamom, cinnamon and pepper. It should have a strong bergamot flavour but a light liquor from natural bergamot oils. When Earl Grey is brewed, it is dark red in colour and lightly flavoured, with a pleasing bergamot flavour.

Infusion

  • Quantity: 1 teaspoon (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water: 95oC (200oF)
  • Brew time: 4 - 5 minutes

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