Earl Grey tea is thought to be named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s. It is unique in using oil obtained from the rind of the bergamot orange to add a special and unmistakable flavour.
Lady Grey is a recent blend which is named after Mary Elizabeth Grey, the wife of Charles Grey, to appeal to the Scandinavian market, which found Earl Grey tea too strong in flavour.
Traditionally this lighter form of earl grey uses less bergamot oil and has orange and lemon peel. A premium full leaf tea from Sri Lanka with added pure oil of bergamot, orange peel, and lemon verbena (a leaf herb with a mild lemon taste and aroma) to give a refreshing, light citrus black tea that is full of flavour.
Ingredients: Black tea, Oil of Bergamot, Orange Pieces, Lemon Verbena.
To brew: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour in the boiling water, cover and let steep for 2-5 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). For drinking without milk a shorter brewing time is recommended. The tea is also ideal for serving iced with lemon and sugar to taste.
*(based on 3g per serving, infused twice).
Royal Grey loose leaf tea (Lady Grey)
Elizabeth & Barry Chantler and have been enthusiastic about loose leaf tea for years.
They have travelled the world visiting tea plantations in India, Sri Lanka, China and South-East Asia and attending tea ceremonies in Hong Kong and Malaysia. They only sell teas that they would drink, and they only like the best! They are also passionate about a fairer world marketplace, one in which everybody benefits, and they are as fussy about the source as much as the teas themselves.
Tea is good for you, it has benefits both for the body as well as the mind, and the better the tea the more beneficial it becomes. They believe that we have a nation of t-bag drinkers who are missing out on an enlivening and new experience (there are over 10,000 different types of loose leaf tea!).
Their aim is to make fine loose leaf tea locally available and to convert as many people as they can, to share this exciting and rewarding world.