Who’s This Earl Grey Fellow?


He’s a real person, not just a tea.

His name was Sir Charles Grey. The tea was named after him, and today refers to any black tea scented with bergamot oil. Earl Grey was first blended by Twinings.

Interestingly, Twinings also has a blend called “Lady Grey”, blended with Seville orange, lemon and bergamot oil.

The myth of Earl Grey’s legendary origin is busted here:

An interesting falsehood of tea surrounds the legendary origin of one of the most popular teas in the world, Earl Grey. Legend says that in 1830, an Englishman named Charles Earl Grey traveled on a diplomatic mission to China. During this time, he risked his life to save the drowning child of a Chinese noble. In return for his act of kindness, the mandarin presented him with the recipe for making this distinctive tea. However, a few corrections are in order to present an accurate historical record. Firstly, the Chinese have never been black tea drinkers, and were unlikely to have a recipe for Earl Grey to bestow on visitors. Secondly, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China. Otherwise, the story is completely true.

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