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All About Earl Grey Teas
How often has a speciality tea received a direct endorsement from the British Prime Minister?
Earl Grey is one of the most recognized and popular beverages in the world. It has received positive feedback for providing numerous health benefits, ranging from heart to digestive health. However, do you know that this tea has quite a fascinating history behind it?
How Was Earl Grey Tea Developed?
Historically, Chinese tea masters were always innovating to make their teas more exotic. Driven by their desire to please the royalty and promote their trade, they infused all types of flowers and fruits into their teas during processing. One such attempt led to the development of a special type of tea. This tea was gifted to the 2nd Earl of Grey and Prime Minister of the UK, Charles Grey.
In this instance, the tea master experimented by using bergamot as a flavouring. Since the well water of Grey’s estate comprised lime flavour, the tea master used bergamot to offset its flavour. This customized tea became an instant success in the Grey household. Endorsed by the Prime Minister, it gained widespread popularity and was named the Earl Grey tea.
What Is Earl Grey Tea?
A flavoured tea contains true tea leaves that are blended or infused with spices, herbs, flowers, and fruit. Earl Grey tea is one such tea, which is infused with the bergamot orange. The bergamot orange’s rind is dried and added to black tea leaves for producing the Earl Grey tea. Some blends also use the Bergamot oil extracted from the rind.
What Is a Bergamot?
The main ingredient of Earl Grey tea is a hybrid between a bitter orange and sweet lime. This fruit is mostly grown in Calabria, a region in Southern Italy. Interestingly, this small area produces at least 90% of the bergamot supply in the world, making this form of citrus extremely rare. For tea, essential oils are taken from the bergamot peels. Although modern technology has added a certain degree of efficiency, it still needs nearly 100 bergamot fruits to produce three ounces of essential oil.
Like all black teas, Earl Grey has a bold flavour. However, it primarily stands out due to its citrusy flavour – created by adding synthetic or natural bergamot oil – extracted from the skin of bergamot orange. Every tea manufacturer has its own way of making Earl Grey. Still, the taste is mostly described as bold, refreshing, and bright.
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