The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil. Bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) is a small citrus tree which blossoms during the winter and is grown commercially in Italy. It is likely a hybrid of Citrus limetta and Citrus aurantium.
Jacksons of Piccadilly claim they originated Earl Grey’s Tea, Lord Grey having given the recipe to Robert Jackson & Co. partner George Charlton in 1830. According to Jacksons, the original recipe has been in constant production and has never left their hands. Theirs has been based on China tea since the beginning.
According to the Grey family, the tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Lord Grey, to suit the water at Howick Hall, the family seat in Northumberland, using bergamot in particular to offset the preponderance of lime in the local water. Lady Grey used it to entertain in London as a political hostess
Ive tried many kinds of Earl Grey decaf. It’s my main morning drink. This one has a nice clean taste. It’s. A little lighter than I prefer.
This is probably the best decaf Earl Grey I’ve had! I’m really enjoying making teas from fresh leaves and knowing that it’s organic and good for me and not worrying about what was put into making the bags.
I really like having a late-day cup of earl grey, but don’t want to stay up all night. This is a nice powerful cup of tea.