What is Earl Grey Tea?
Earl Grey is a blend of Black Tea that is infused with the naturals essential oil of Bergamot Orange, resulting in a mildly tart and refreshing taste unique to this variety. After brewing to a rich red color, you will find a flavor at the back of your tongue. Enjoying a few sips of this tea will allow you to appreciate its traditional smoky undertone. This is a medium body tea with low tannins that should be enjoyed black or with a very slight amount of sugar and milk.
Earl Grey Tea was named after Earl Charles Grey the Second of Britain who was the British Prime Minister in the 1830's. Legend has it that he was given a diplomatic gift of tea infused with Bergamount citrus oil. When that tea was introduced in the British House of Commons, it became so popular that he asked British tea merchants to recreate it.
The Black Tea used to create this flavor sensation is made from tea leaves more heavily oxidized and roasted than other tea varieties such as White, Green or Oolong. In the East, Black tea is known as red tea, which refers more accurately to the color of the brewed leaves. It also preserves its flavour longer, making it a favorite article of trade. Compressed bricks of Black Tea even served as a form of currency in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia into the 19th century.
It all starts with the herbs.
Celebration Herbals is dedicated to bringing you the best tasting teas, grown and processed as closed to "the way nature intended" as possible and never irradiated.
Our herbs are grown and harvested with the highest standards of quality control. You can trust our new special designations- certified organic, ethically wildcrafted, and pure quality.
We are committed to the environment. In this box you won't find any strings, tags, or staples in our chlorine free bags. In addition, our boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard. A resealable freshness bag is used to extend the quality and life of your tea.
We hope you enjoy the beneficial pleasure of drinking these teas as much as we have enjoyed blending, hand crafting and packaging them for you.
The art of tea has evolved to include many rites and rituals; here are just a few that can affect the taste of your tea:
Using good water is an essential part of brewing a great cup of tea. We recommend using good quality spring, mineral or filtered water.
Rinse your teapot and cup with hot water immediately before brewing your tea. By keeping the water temperature high while steeping, more of the subtle aspects of your tea will be extracted from the tea leaves. Also, your tea will brew more quickly and stay hot longer.
Water temperature is critical. For this tea, we recommend heating your water until it is a vigorously boiling, then letting it cool slightly before pouring over the teabag(s).
Use one teabag per cup of tea desired. Pour hot water over teabags, cover and steep, peeking & stirring occasionally. Optimal brewing time is between 3 and 7 minutes, depending on how strong you enjoy your tea.
As a tea cools, you will notice that its taste changes dramatically. Be sure to experiment and you may find more character in a specific tea than you ever imagined.
Organic Darjeeling Black Tea (Camelia sinensis)
Bergamot Orange Essential Oil