Our selection of fine Earl Grey teas summarised

Earl grey? - Just your thing!

Whether based on rooibos, green tea, Darjeeling or black tea or with citrus fruits, French or decaffeinated - from conventional to organic tea, for beginners or advanced, for lovers of this high-quality tea, there really is something for everyone who likes to drink tea!
But did you know where the famous tea comes from and what ingredients it contains? In our category, you will not only find out everything about the origin and preparation of Earl Grey tea, but also which varieties there are and which dishes it is best combined with. Let us take you into the world of Earl Grey and turn you into a tea expert! At the end, you will not only have learnt a lot, but you will also be able to tell a nice anecdote about Earl of Grey at your next tea party.
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Table of contents

Introduction B. Origin and ingredients C. Preparation D. Variants and combinations E. Conclusion

A. Introduction

Why Earl Grey tea is just your thing:

Earl Grey tea is right up your street for probably many different reasons. The combination of the refreshing black tea and the delicate citrus note of bergamot give Earl Grey tea an unmistakable variety of flavours that will delight you every time. Earl Greys are also popular as a cosy companion at any time of year. If you are stressed, a cup of this drink can give you a moment of relaxation and serenity. Another reason for Earl Grey tea is its versatility. Why not drink it hot in the morning as a perfect start to the day or in the evening as a relaxing end to a long day at work? But this versatile tea is not just for drinking - it can also be used in a variety of recipes, from cakes and pastries to cocktails and ice cream. The possibilities are endless! Its versatility also allows you to enjoy it both as a hot drink and in various culinary creations. Last but not least, you will be fascinated by the wide selection of Earl Greys in this range! Just try it out and find YOUR EARL GREY TEE!

Brief history of Earl Grey tea

Earl Grey tea is named after the British Prime Minister Charles Grey, who lived in the 19th century. Legend has it that he received this special tea as a gift from a Chinese mandarin as thanks for saving his son's life. The tea is said to have been flavoured with bergamot oil to mask the bitter taste of the water from the river in which the tea leaves were washed. However, other sources claim that Earl Grey tea was invented by a London tea supplier called Jacksons of Piccadilly. They added bergamot oil to improve the flavour and set it apart from other teas. The success of this tea was so great that it soon became the favourite tea of the royal family and is still very popular today. Regardless of how Earl Grey tea originated, it remains an important part of British tea culture and is enjoyed all over the world. It is not for nothing that it comes in so many varieties!
In addition to Earl Grey, there are also other members of the Grey family:

B. Origin and ingredients

Where does Earl Grey tea come from?

Whatever its origins, Earl Grey is one of the most popular teas in the world today. It can be made with rooibos tea from Africa, with tea leaves from the Himalayas or with fine green tea. The various types of Earl Grey or Grey Earl teas have made their way around the world.

Earl Grey Cream has a base of China and Ceylon tea and is flavoured with bergamot. But the special thing about this fine tea is that the addition of Yunnan tea gives it a particularly full-bodied, aromatic black tea base. A creamy and slightly earthy flavour rounds off this fine taste perfectly!
The Earl Grey Tea Madam Grey has a tangy lemon-orange flavour - with lemon and orange peel, of course. This wonderfully flavoured tea in organic quality is made with a Ceylon pekoe as the basis for its high-quality taste.

What ingredients does Earl Grey tea contain?

In addition to Assam and Ceylon, Darjeeling, Chinese teas and green teas also have their place in this rainbow of Earl Grey varieties. A speciality here is the Smoky Earl Grey! For this, either a normal Earl Grey or an Earl Grey Bluestar with cornflower blossoms is used and mixed with a smoky tea. There are various options, depending on how intense and smoky the flavour should be in the end. But the tea is just as individual as the tea drinker himself;
The mildest of the teas smoked over pinewood and thus flavoured is the 
  1. Tarry Lapsang,
  2. followed by the Tarry Lapsang Souchong
  3. and culminates in the particularly intense smoked tea Tarry Lapsang Souchong Shaowu.
Of course, these teas are also available in organic quality at Lerbs & Hagedorn. Why don't you choose one from our range and kindly don't forget to leave a review of the item. This will help all other customers to find the right Tarry for themselves.

C. Preparation

How is Earl Grey tea prepared?

Earl Grey tea is prepared as follows:
  1. Bring the water to the boil and then allow to cool to a temperature of 90-95 degrees Celsius.
  2. Fill a teapot or cup with Earl Grey tea leaves (approx. 1 teaspoon per cup).
  3. Pour the hot water over the tea leaves and leave the tea to infuse for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour the tea through a sieve into a cup and add milk, sugar or lemon to taste.
Tip: To make the bergamot flavour of Earl Grey Tea even more intense, you can also add a splash of bergamot oil, which will flavour it even more strongly.

What tips are there for perfect preparation?

Earl Grey is a classic black tea that takes its name from the British Prime Minister Charles Grey. The tea is often served with a slice of lemon, but in Great Britain it is also popular with milk. The addition of milk to Earl Grey tea was traditionally done to soften the bitter flavour of the tea and make it creamier. The combination of the strong flavour of Earl Grey and the smooth taste of milk makes for a delicious cup of tea. Some tea drinkers prefer to drink their Earl Grey without milk to enjoy the full flavour of the tea. Others, however, like to add a little sugar to further reduce the bitterness. With or without milk - Earl Grey remains a popular tea all over the world!

D. Variants and combinations

What varieties of Earl Grey tea are there?

There are different varieties of Earl Grey tea, which differ in the way they are made or which additional ingredients are used. Some of the most common varieties are
  1. Classic black Earl Grey: This is the traditional version of the tea, which consists of black tea and bergamotöl.
  2. Green Earl Grey: This variant is made from green tea and flavoured with bergamot
  3. Black Himalayan Earl Grey: This tea is flavoured with bergamot and offers an incomparable taste experience. The black tea comes from the Himalayas and is carefully selected to ensure the highest quality.
  4. Lavender-Earl-Grey: Also known as Earl Grey Mary Earl Grey. This is a variant in which lavender flowers are added to give the tea a floral flavour.
  5. Cream Earl Grey: This variant also contains vanilla or cream flavours in addition to bergamot to give the tea a creamy note.
  6. Lady Grey: A variation of the classic Earl Grey tea, in which orange and lemon peel are also added.
  7. Grüner Decaf Earl Grey: A decaffeinated version of the classic Earl Grey tea for people who want to avoid caffeine, also available from us as a green tea variant with lemon and orange peel

Which dishes and snacks can Earl Grey tea be combined with?

Earl Grey tea can be paired with a variety of foods and snacks, including
  • Baked goods such as scones, biscuits or muffins
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruit
  • Chocolate in various forms such as pralines or brownies
  • Cheese, especially milder varieties such as Brie or Camembert
  • Dishes with fish or seafood such as smoked salmon or prawns
  • Süße desserts such as crème brûlée or pudding

It is important to note that the choice of food and snacks also depends on whether the Earl Grey tea is drunk pure or flavoured with milk and sugar. In either case, you can experiment with different flavour combinations and find out what suits you best.

E. Conclusion

Earl Grey tea is a popular type of tea made from black tea and bergamot. There are many benefits as to why everyone should try Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey tea has a unique and pleasant flavour that comes from the added bergamot oil. All in all, Earl Grey tea is not only delicious, but also exciting to discover! Start moving through the world of Earl Grey and more with us and find YOUR EARL GREY!

Earl Grey tasting range

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