Earl Grey Black Tea

Earl Grey Black Tea

Earl Grey is one of the most famous flavored black teas in the world. The tea has a black tea base infused with natural oil from the rind of bergamot orange, which is a citrus fruit that looks and tastes somewhat like lemon and lime with a hint of grapefruit. The oil from bergamot orange is what gives the tea its distinct, flavorful profile. Earl Grey is typically a stronger blend of black tea than milder black teas, such as malty Assam types, floral or fruity Darjeeling or rich Chinese Keemun.

The tea was named after the British Prime Minister, Charles Earl Grey, in 1830. A legend says he was given the tea by a Chinese mandarin on a diplomatic mission to China. He was reportedly appreciative of the gift and named the tea after him. The tea caught on quickly and was enjoyed by the wealthy and powerful. Lady Grey, a socialite and political hostess of the time, was known to serve this tea at her many political and social gatherings. It was later made commercially by Richard Twinings, who marketed it as the Earl Grey we know and love today.

Our Premium Earl Grey contains a unique and carefully blended combination of whole leaf dianhong black tea from da ye cultivar trees grown in Yunnan province, China, and a bright single estate Ceylon tea from Kenilworth, Sri Lanka. The teas are then mixed with cold-pressed bergamot oil from a family farm in southern Italy and then air-dried to maintain freshness. The result is a smooth and vibrant tea that is delicious on its own or with milk.

Both the black tea and bergamot oils have a wide variety of health benefits. Both are high in antioxidants, which are the body’s natural way to combat free radical activity. These free radicals can cause poor skin aging and even lead to cancer, so consuming plenty of antioxidants is essential for healthy living.

Black tea, which is the base of Earl Grey, also contains a significant amount of caffeine. While it can have a stimulating effect, it is also effective at relieving digestive issues such as constipation and acid reflux. The anti-inflammatory properties of bergamot can help to calm an upset stomach as well.

Research has shown that bergamot may have a wide range of potential health benefits, including the ability to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, increase cognitive function, and protect against oxidative stress. It has also been found to aid in digestion and help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, it is important to remember that too much tea can actually have the opposite of its intended effects, particularly if it is accompanied by sugar and milk. For optimal health, it is best to drink tea unsweetened and black. This ensures you are absorbing the health benefits and not just the caffeine.