Fair Trade Earl Grey

$ 12.00

Tasting Notes: Rich and smooth amber liquor with brisk and refreshing citrusy tannins.

Arguably the world's most famous tea blend, our organic Earl Grey black tea comes to us from the base of the Himalayas in Dooars, Northern India. Coupled with organic Italian bergamot rind (a fragrant citrus fruit), this fairtrade and organic Earl Grey loose leaf tea is the perfect balance of slightly-malty black tea and lively, aromatic citrus.

Origins of Earl Grey Tea

The origins of Earl Grey tea are a bit muddied and no one really knows for sure how this tea blend of black tea and bergamot came to bear its iconic name. What we do know is that references to Earl Grey tea began in the 1820s, making Charles, 2nd Earl Grey and Prime Minister of England from 1830-1834 the likely namesake.

Some theories are easily debunked (like the idea that Charles Grey, who never travelled to China, saved a tea blender's son... in China). Other origin stories are more plausible. At some point Grey may have been gifted high quality Chinese tea (like Keemun) that he then asked London tea blenders to mimic, as such high quality tea was rare and very expensive at the time. To account for this, adding bergamot oil to lower quality teas was a common way to improve flavor in teas that had suffered for the long trade routes. Another theory is that Grey's tea blender added the bergamot at the Earl's request to counteract the lime in the water at his ancestral estate. Or, it could have just been an extremely forward-thinking and effective marketing tactic to put the politician's name on a blend of tea! 

Whatever the reasons for the original naming, Earl Grey tea has stood the test of time because this bold and refreshing tea appeals to many palates, pairs well with food, and is delicious both hot and iced. (Plus drinking it makes us feel fancy - remember, when in doubt, pinky out!)

Getting the Most Out of Your Organic Earl Grey Tea

Our organic, fairtrade Earl Grey loose leaf pairs beautifully with our Italian Acacia honey or play up the citrus with our Orange Blossom honey! We recommend brewing this tea Western-style and enjoying with a nice scone and dab of clotted cream.

Organic Ingredients: Organic Indian Black Tea, Organic Italian Bergamot

Scented teas should be brewed according to the base tea leaves. White and green scented teas may be brewed at 185 degrees for 3 minutes. Black scented teas may be brewed at 205 degrees for 3-5 minutes. We recommend to brew chai teas at 205 degrees for 5-7 minutes to yield a strong cup that will hold nicely with honey and milk.

About Scented Tea

What is Scented Tea?

Blended or scented tea, as opposed to herbal tea, is based upon the leaf of the tea plant, camellia sinensis. Other ingredients such as flowers, dried fruits, and essential oils are then added to achieve the desired flavor.

Health Benefits of Scented Tea

Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques and your own brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Blended and scented teas are no exception. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.