CREAM EARL GREEN
(Green Tea with natural flavors)
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, Hungary
Region: Uva, Debrecen
Shipping Port: Colombo, Rotterdam
Grade: Pekoe Gunpowder
Altitude: 2500 – 3000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Abundantly Earl Grey! Sultry bergamot is softened
by fresh notes of Cornish cream. A superb tea with a tingling finish.
Infusion: Pale yellow green.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors.
By now most of us are familiar with the story of Earl Grey tea. Many
years ago, the Earl of Grey was given the famous recipe by a Chinese
Mandarin to thank him for saving his life. The traditional blend was
made by scenting a Chinese black tea with the natural oil of bergamot, a
small citrus fruit. But, how many of us are familiar with the story of
how Cream Earl Green tea came about? That number, we’re quite certain,
is considerably smaller than the former.
While traditional Earl Grey is generally regarded as the namesake of the
2nd Earl Grey, Cream Earl Green is considered that of the 4th Earl
Grey, Albert Henry George Grey. Albert Henry George was a very proper
British man indeed. He was educated first at Harrow, one of the UK’s
premiere boarding schools and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, a much
heralded bastion of intellectual pursuits, not sports. By all counts
the 4th Earl was indeed a man much bemused by letters and the arts, not
sports, and when he became the Queen’s representative in what was then
the colony of Canada, he did much to promote both letters and the arts
amongst its inhabitants, not sports. Odd then, that the 4th Earl of Grey
should come to be memorialized by a football tournament, The Grey Cup,
Canada’s answer to the Super Bowl. Ok, it’s not that odd. The Earl
wanted to leave a legacy behind and decided to donate his family bowl to
a sporting contest figuring, it may be supposed, that this would garner
him much more attention than affixing his name to a theatre or library.
And so the Grey Cup trophy was born.
So, we’ve got the Earl, we’ve got the story, but where does the tea fit
in? Well, at some point along the line, a Canadian tea blender decided
to memorialize the Earl one step further by creating a variant of
traditional Earl Grey tea. He began with a green gunpowder to symbolize
the grass football is played on, and the thunder and vigor with which it
is played. He then added the signature bergamot and topped it off with
the essence of fresh cream, known to be the 4th Earl’s preferred tea
additive and cornflower petals to symbolize sporting victory. The
resulting cup was found to be quite delicious and invigorating indeed.
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used
repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about
180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup, let the tea steep for about
3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove
the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water,
and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at
the pattern of the leaves, they foretell your fortune.
Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea
into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn
(previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends
to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually
all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or
sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’.