Earl Grey Tea is a classic in any tea collection. This traditional drink combines the strength of black tea with the distinct undertone of bergamot orange that’s beloved worldwide. Earl Grey Tea is a popular addition to pastries and holds a strong presence in the beverage market.
If you’re a tea enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Earl Grey Tea but what’s the story of this cherished drink?
What is Earl Grey?
The secret to this wonderful brew’s flavor is, of course, the ingredients. Earl Grey Tea is crafted with black tea and bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit.
The black tea comes from camellia sinensis, the same plant as all other teas (except herbal ones). Yes, there is no specific Earl Grey Tea plant! The tea leaves are left under the sun to wilt and oxidize after harvesting, which gives it a significantly stronger flavor than less oxidized green tea leaves.
What Is Bergamot?
Bergamot is a small citrus tree (Citrus bergamia) native to the Mediterranean. Bergamot oranges can be green or yellow depending on their maturity. Genetic studies reveal they are a mix between lemons and bitter oranges. Their flavor has been compared to Meyer lemons.
Aromatic bergamot oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit and used as a scent in perfumes and a flavoring in foods such as tea. Some others believe it has health advantages as well.
What Does Earl Grey Tea Taste Like?
Using black tea as the base, Earl Grey Tea is infused with a rich, bold flavor enhanced by the refreshing touch of bergamot citrus.
The combination of black tea and bergamot oil creates a distinct, pleasantly bitter flavor. Though “pleasantly bitter” may not come to mind when choosing your tea, you’ll probably find that the citrusy kick and moderate caffeine level will provide what you need to get you through the day.
Earl Grey Blends
Chinese Keemun tea was traditionally used in the making of Earl Grey Tea, but Assam and Ceylon teas were subsequently added. The most popular forms of Earl Grey Tea still contain black tea, but there are various options available on the market.
Escape to Northern England with an invigorating sip of Earl Grey Tea!
At Seven Teas, we have the finest selection of teas, including our signature Spot O’ Honey Earl Grey Tea. This tea offersmore caffeine than coffee, and its timeless taste blends savory bergamot citrus and spice with fully oxidized tannins. It’s bold, woody, and fragrant with a subtle hint of lemon peel that supports digestion. Only 25 calories per serving! Visit our store for more of our delicious traditional teas.