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Earl Grey Tea - Loose Leaf

Floral and bergamot flavour notes with mild astringency.
Luxury Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavours.
Sri Lanka, China.
3-7 Mins 1/Cup 100°C
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You'll have customers for life if you serve an excellent Earl Grey tea blend! This classic bergamot tea blend is one of the most popular we sell. It takes a long time and a lot of trying and testing to make a new, high-quality bergamot tea. The recipe for our blend has stayed the same for over ten years. We put together high-grown Ceylon tea leaves, a smooth top-grade Keemun, high-quality natural bergamot oil, and blue cornflowers for decoration. The result is a high-quality cup of tea with no strong smell or aftertaste that tastes great with a slice of lemon!

Blended Leaves & Natural Oils

Sri Lanka's highlands grow high-quality black tea leaves with the familiar "Ceylon" taste. Ceylon teas are full of flavour with floral notes, mild astringency and a wonderful, bright coppery colour when infused. They make a great black tea base for flavoured black teas. You can find the best Ceylon tea in Dimbula and Nuwara Eliya in January and February. Uva and the eastern fields of Nuwara Eliya produce the best tea in July and August. This "dual peak period" lets us buy the best black tea leaves for flavoured teas at different times of the year, ensuring they are always of the highest quality and fresh. 
We only use natural flavourings from natural sources to add something more to the tea, not take away from its natural taste. For Earl Grey, we use very high-quality bergamot oil that's rich in aroma and has a sharp, strong, orange-like flavour and floral aroma, but doesn't overpower the tea with too much perfume and flavour, so you can still enjoy the natural tea taste.

How is Bergamot oil made?

Bergamot oil comes from the fruit of the bergamot tree. It is a citrus fruit that grows in Southern Italy, Greece, and California. The fruit looks like a small orange but is an oval-shaped berry with thick skin. The bergamot tree is also known as the Bee-gum tree or the Oswego Tea Tree and grows several metres high.
Late summer and autumn are the best times to pick the fruit. When ready, bergamots are hand-picked and put into boxes. In the past, making bergamot oil involved soaking the peel in water and then cold pressing the skin to extract the oil. Today, ripe Bergamot are put in crates and taken to places where the oil can be taken out more quickly and easily through industrial processes. It is a very expensive citrus oil to produce, requiring around 180–200 kg of fruit to extract 1 kg of bergamot oil.

Where does Bergamot grow?

The Bergamot Tree, called Citrus aurantium, grows in many places, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, and North Africa. Bergamots are grown for their oil and fruit and are eaten cooked or raw. In many places worldwide, they are used as ornamental trees.

What does Bergamot look like?

The Latin name for the bergamot fruit, also known as berries, is Citrus aurantium var. bergamia. It has an oval shape and a thin peel that can be yellowish-green or greenish-brown. Bergamot essential oil is used in massage oils, cosmetics, and food.
The word "bergamot" comes from the Italian word for "bee garden," which describes how this orange fruit smells like honey.

Bergamot Tea Earl Grey: The History

There are many versions of how Earl Grey got its name. People say that Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the UK from 1830 to 1834, made Earl Grey Tea famous. One idea is that when Earl Grey returned from a trip to China in 1841, he told his helper to make tea with bergamot oil, just as he had enjoyed in China.

Drinking Earl Grey

Traditionally, Earl Grey is known for being a blend of black tea and bergamot orange flavour. Over the years, Earl Grey has changed in many ways. One popular way to make it is to add more citrus flavours, often called Lady Grey. Our version of this is Duchess Earl Grey, and like Earl Grey, it comes in pyramid tea bags that break down over time. We recommend making black teas at brewing temperatures close to a rolling boil with a steeping time of the tea leaves for 3–7 minutes.

Our Collection

Building on our bergamot-based black tea blend, we have added a number of delicious, distinctive falvoured teas for you to enjoy. You can find all these teas available in our Earl Grey Tea Collection.

Earl Grey: Your FAQ Guide

Discover everything you need to know about the classic and beloved Earl Grey with our comprehensive FAQ guide. We've gathered the top most frequently asked questions your customers might ask!

Luxury black tea, cornflower petals, natural flavours
Sri Lanka, China
Approx between 27- 35mg per cup
Orthodox Orange Pekoe (OP)
Floral bouquet of Ceylon tea combined with a smooth Keemun and natural bergamot oil flavour notes.
Bright and coppery
Floral and bergamot flavour notes with a touch of mild astringency
Full Bodied

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  • 5
    Earl Grey loose tea

    Posted by Jacquie Matthews on Mar 21, 2024

    Amazing tea I love it. Phenomenally good service from Jenier. Charming efficient delivery chap. Thank you all for supply me with the tea I love. M

  • 5
    Black Russion Earl Grey

    Posted by Bruce Luffman on Dec 12, 2023

    Been having it for years. Everybody loves the smell and the taste is divine and Jeniers is a great firm to deal with.

  • 5
    A high quality classic

    Posted by La Kruca Kafejo on Dec 07, 2023

    Historically many tea blenders have made their Earl Grey from what might charitably be called less than top quality leaves, relying on the oil of bergamot to cover up a multitude of sins. However, this Jenier blend shows what can be achieved by starting with good quality leaves. The perfume aroma of bergamot is well matched with a solid, but not astringent, body, which makes this one of the best Earl Greys we have tried.

  • 5

    Posted by Bill on May 31, 2023

    If I could give 10/5 I would. Tina Turner would call this Simply The Best. Thirst quenching delectable tea with a distinctive Earl Grey smack .

  • 5
    Earl Grey - A Hit

    Posted by Rachel Sheldon on Apr 23, 2023

    We recently started using Jenier and are absolutely delighted with this Earl Grey. Customers love it, so that's good enough for me!

What is Earl Grey Tea?

Earl Grey Tea is a flavoured black tea blend that combines the robust taste of black tea with the distinct flavour of bergamot, a citrus fruit native to the Mediterranean region. The tea is named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, who was the British Prime Minister in the 1830s.

What does Earl Grey Tea taste like?

Earl Grey Tea has a unique taste profile, characterised by the bold and malty flavour of black tea combined with bergamot's fragrant and citrusy notes. The tea has a smooth and balanced taste with floral notes and a touch of mild astringency.

How is Earl Grey Tea made?

Earl Grey Tea is made by blending high-quality black tea leaves with bergamot oil or dried bergamot rind. The tea leaves are typically sourced from countries like India, Sri Lanka, and China, while the bergamot oil is extracted from the peel of the bergamot fruit.

What are the health benefits of Earl Grey Tea?

Earl Grey Tea offers several health benefits, including:

  • Rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • It may improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • It can aid in digestion and help alleviate gastrointestinal issues.
  • It may help with weight management by boosting metabolism and reducing appetite.
  • It contains compounds that can improve mental alertness and focus.

Does Earl Grey Tea contain caffeine?

Yes, Earl Grey Tea, as the standard black tea version, contains caffeine. The caffeine content varies depending on the tea blend and preparation method. However, a typical 250-ml cup of Earl Grey Tea typically contains between 27 - 35 milligrams of caffeine.

How do you brew the perfect cup of Earl Grey Tea?

To brew the perfect cup of Earl Grey Tea, follow these steps:

  • Bring fresh, cold water to a rolling boil.
  • Preheat your teapot or cup by rinsing it with hot water.
  • Add one teaspoon of Earl Grey Tea leaves per 250 ml cup.
  • Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and let it steep for 3-7 minutes.
  • Strain the tea leaves and enjoy your cup of Earl Grey Tea.

Can you add milk or sugar to Earl Grey Tea?

While traditionalists may prefer to enjoy Earl Grey Tea without any additions, you can add milk, sugar, honey, or lemon to suit your taste preferences. Just be aware that adding milk may diminish the distinct bergamot flavour.

Is there a decaffeinated version of Earl Grey Tea?

Yes, decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea is available for those who wish to enjoy the unique flavour without caffeine. Decaffeinated options typically use the same black tea and bergamot blend but undergo a decaffeination process to remove most of the caffeine content.