It's the number 1 selling tea blend in the United States and it's not even close, Earl Grey Tea. How did this Bergamot Tea come from the inspiration of a former British Prime Minister to dominate tea sales and become a staple of American Households? Let us dive in...
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, was the British Prime Minister during the 1830's. The Blend was given to Grey by a Chinese Mandarin national living in England who added Bergamot to the black tea in order to offset the lime taste in the local water. His wife Lady Grey then used this tea to entertain guests which led to a drastic rise in the social appeal of the tea. Before long, tea drinkers across England were flocking to the new blend in order to appear up with the times and the upper class. Eventually the popularity of the Bergamot Tea made it's way across the Atlantic to the shores of America where English trends were still very important and tea was still the most consumed beverage in the U.S.
Fast forward to 200 years later and millions of cups of Earl Grey are still being consumed every day. Traditionally Earl Grey will have a Flowery Black Tea Base, always with Bergamot Oil and sometimes finished with petals like the Cornflower Petals in Revival Tea Company's Earl Grey. Other renditions include Lady Grey which is blended with less Bergamot Oil as well as Double Bergamot blends for a stronger taste. Other blends are starting to swap out the base tea for White or Green Tea's and we are even going to be offering an Earl Grey Chai later this year. So if you haven't tried this iconic blend what are you waiting for? Grab a cup today!
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