Did Earl Grey Really Exist?

Earl Grey Tea is the second most popular variety of tea, just behind English Breakfast. But, was Earl Grey a real person?

As British Prime Minster from 1830 to 1834, Earl Charles Grey is credited with developing the tea that bears his name. Earl Grey, according to lore, received the tea as a gift when his envoy saved a Chinese official’s son from drowning.

Earl Grey is black tea flavored with bergamot oil. The oil has a citrus flavor, similar to orange blossoms. The oil is extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange, a small pear-shaped sour orange cultivated today mostly in southern Italy.

Traditionally, Earl Grey applied only to black tea. Now, Earl Grey applies to green or white teas and describes any tea flavored with bergamot oil.

Here is a picture of Prime Minster Earl Grey.

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