Earl Grey

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Earl Grey Black Tea is a very traditional tea flavor made fashionable by the Prime Minister of England, Earl Grey (1830-1834).  Earl Grey is a blend of high-grown Ceylon black tea scented with the oil of bergamot, a citrus fruit similar to an orange. This particular blend of Earl Grey is often reported to be “the best Earl Grey I have ever tasted!”

Earl Grey Black Tea is excellent served either hot or iced and takes well to sugar, honey and other sweeteners. Milk may also be added.

As a black tea, this Earl Grey has medium levels of caffeine and high levels of antioxidants.

There are a variety of ways to prepare this tea: 

Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey, sweetener and/or lemon slices.

Iced Tea
Measure six heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cold-infusion Method*
Measure four teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8-12 hours (or overnight). *Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants, less tannins and less caffeine. To serve this tea hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.

Due to the inclusion of black tea leaves, Earl Grey Black Tea may be infused a second time, although flavor will be lighter, using either traditional infusing methods or cold-infusion.

Store Earl Grey Black Tea in a cool, dry place away from bright light.

Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, cornflower petals, bergamot, natural flavors (Organic Compliant)