Leaf: large leaf pieces nicely rolled
Liquor: clear transparent honey golden
Aroma: fresh, sweet, zesty
Palate: malty, fresh, sweet, bergamot notes are smooth and non-intrusive. A very nice Earl Grey.
Origin/Notes: This is a blend of Pure Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka.
Details about the origins of Earl Grey tea are, well, sketchy. Some say the blend was given to the Earl by a grateful mandarin whose son he saved during a visit to China.
A more mundane version of events is that the Earl Grey was presented with the tea as a diplomatic gift from the Chinese Government in the 1830s. A couple of large teahouses have since laid claim to the original recipe. Although we are not certain as to whether the Earl ever drunk a cup of Earl Grey tea himself, it's likely that, as with many things to do with tea, the truth lays somewhere in China!
Quantity: 4g (1tsp) per cup
Steeping time: 2-4 minutes (or less if taken without milk)
Water temperature: 100°C
Top tips: Earl Grey is versatile - it can be taken with milk in the English style, with lemon in the European style or simply enjoy on its own.