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Earl Grey Tea Bags

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We use a good quality Kenyan tea as the base for our Earl Grey Tea Bags. Unlike loose leaf tea Earl Grey Tea which uses a large leaf China tea as its base, we select a Kenyan small leaf tea as the base for our tea bags as it is of superior quality compared to its Chinese counterpart. The bright brisk flavour compliments perfectly the Bergamot Oil we apply. Over the years we have heard several stories relating to the origin of this popular tea, one being that Bergamot Oil was originally used to hide the flavour of rotten tea which arrived in England after its long sea journey. The more romantic story of this tea's origin involves the former Prime Minister Lord Grey who, when he was Foreign Secretary was visiting China. Legend has it that during one of these visits he had arranged to meet a certain Chinese nobleman on a bridge over the fast flowing Yangtse River. The sight of Earl Grey and his military entourage approaching the bridge at full gallop scared one of the Chinese horses and it reared it up and threw its rider into the torrent below. Earl Grey (or more likely a member of his entourage) plunged into the river to rescue the stricken nobleman. As a reward for this Earl Grey was presented with the recipe for the Bergamot-flavoured tea. On his return to England, he took the recipe to a London Tea Merchant and they named it in his honour. Earl Grey Tea has today become a quintessentially English drink.

Brewing Hints: Infuse in freshly boiled water for two to three minutes

Leaf: Small, black leaves (Pekoe Fannings)

Origin: East Rift Kenya or Burundi

Characteristics: A light coloured infusion flavoured with Oil of Bergamot posessing a delightful citrus flavour. We apply the Bergamot here on our premises.

Serving Suggestions: Often enjoyed without milk as accompaniment to lemon flavoured and creamy cakes and desserts


Ingredients: Black Tea, Bergamot Oil.