Earl Grey

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Earl Grey is a tea blend that consists of black tea and originally consisted only Chinese teas. It is flavored with the subtle, fragrant oil of bergamot bitter fruit.


Earl Grey tea tea was named after Charles Grey. He picked 1833 as British prime minister on price monopoly of the East India Company in the tea trade with China. However, the invention of the person Earl Grey, the type of tea Earl Grey is not: Legend has it that during a storm on a voyage on the high seas between England and China, the transported cargo of the ship was very cluttered and it spilled leaking bergamot oil on entrained Teeballen . Lord Grey was possible to show the damage to the ship's arrival in London and decided to try first the "dirty" tea and then decide whether the charge should be destroyed. However, the tea in question came from friends and acquaintances as well, that the Earl decided to take the tea from now on referred to as flavored in the trade. The additional fragrance that dried herbs of tea was added by Chinese Teelieferanten, protected - like the smoke flavor during the smoking of meat and meat products - on the long journey from overseas to England to each deep in the hull stored tea before accepting modernization, fish - and / or Teergeschmack. Earl Grey is no longer only mixed of Chinese teas, but also from others. Also the typical bergamot flavor comes today in most number of traditional remedies still alone of natural bergamot oil, instead, nature-identical flavoring is often, especially with cheap teas, added. The term often refers Earl Grey consequently only a touch of citrus-like part Teecharakters. So you can find today and even green Earl Grey Earl Grey mixed with a (fine) smoke flavor. A variant of Earl Grey with the addition of orange and lemon peel and lemon flavor is called Lady Grey.

Famous Earl Grey drinker

Earl Grey is the favorite tea of Jean-Luc Picard, a main character in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and is often mentioned in this series. Earl Grey is the favorite tea of Hime, the main character of the anime series and the manga Princess Resurrection Earl Grey is also the favorite tea of the main character Ciel Phantomhive, in the manga / anime Black Butler. In some interpretations of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle Earl Grey is the preferred of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson of tea.