EARL GREY GREEN
(Green Tea with natural flavors)
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: Pekoe Gunpowder
Altitude: 2500 – 3000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: The all-natural bergamot oil with excellent Ceylon green tea gives a lively and sprightly Earl Grey
Infusion: Pale yellow green.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors.
While Earl Grey black tea is the namesake of Charles, the 2nd Earl of
Grey, it is a little known fact that Earl Grey green tea is named after
Sir Albert Henry George, the 4th Earl of Grey who lived between 1851 and
1917. Sir Albert Henry George, (we’ll call him Sir Al for short) served
as Canada’s Governor General, (the Queen of England’s Canadian
representative) from 1904 – 1911. It was during his tenure in this
position that the tea that bears his name was first brewed.
The incident occurred when Sir Al made a visit to Newfoundland, which
was then still part of England. The people of Newfoundland, as everyone
knows, are great drinkers of tea, consuming more cups per capita than
any other province or state in North America. Upon the arrival of the
noble Sir Al, a magnificent tea party was planned on the front lawn of
the Newfoundland parliament. The food was ordered a month in advance.
The tables were set up days in advance. Everything was going off without
a hitch until 2 days before the party when the government’s storage
shed was struck by lightning. The fire started by the strike burnt their
entire stock of Earl Grey tea. Here’s where it got interesting. A
scrappy young lad named Angus Mcafee recalled that he had seen a few
fresh barrels of bergamot down on his grandfather’s dock in the harbor
just in from the West Indies. He also knew that his other grandfather,
who dabbled in the tea trade, had just received a shipment of green
gunpowder tea from Ceylon. He put two and two together and spent the
next 48 hours blending the tea and the bergamot together in an old
The result was served at the garden party to great fanfare. Sir Al was
delighted with the innovation and recommended that young Angus ship over
to England to be knighted by the Queen herself. (No one is sure if
Angus ever became Sir Angus – the records have been lost.) And what did
Sir Al like so much about the tea? The answer is in the way the sweet
bergamot blends with the slightly smoky profile of this green gunpowder
tea. Raise a cup today and give a toast to Sir Al and young Angus.
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 90°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’.