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Earl Grey

A tea blend named after the second Earl Grey (1830s British Prime Minister) who authored the “Representation of the People” Reform Bill of 1832.  The tea was reputedly given to Earl as a gift by a Chinese Mandarin and there are many versions of the story, most of which probably have no basis in fact.  Never-the-less, the tea was used by Lady Grey to entertain London as a political hostess and became widely popular.

This Earl Grey is an extremely smooth, well-integrated black tea scented with oil of bergamot, a tiny citrus fruit of Mediterranean origin. The complexity of the tea is off-set by subtle notes of lavender and oranges.