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Extravagant Earl Grey

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Earl Grey gets a makeover…

With its distinct bergamot aroma and delicate taste, we all know Earl Grey as the classic British afternoon tea. If you're looking for something a little more lavish you'll love our innovative white tea variety with its elegant confetti of petals.

We've selected a fine Chinese white tea for its purity of taste, providing the perfect backdrop for more flamboyant flavours. The tea's natural sweetness makes it the perfect match for creamy Madagascan vanilla and the young leaves and buds blend beautifully with colourful rose, marigold and cornflower petals. Flavours of bergamot hint at that classic Earl Grey taste, but this is an altogether softer, sweeter style of tea - you'll find it's just the thing to jazz up teatime.

The typical taste of a classic Earl Grey might seem to be set in stone, but in fact it's always been open to experimentation. The story goes that Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, was first given the tea when he saved the life of the son of a Chinese Mandarin. When he ran out of supplies he asked for his favourite Chinese tea to be recreated by London tea blenders. The experimentation hasn't stopped since.

  • Tea Type

    White Tea with Flavouring

  • Origin

    China

  • Taste Profile

    Citrus, Sweet

  • Tastes like

    Creamy vanilla sweetness with a hint of bergamot

  • Food pairing

    Enjoy alone as a sweet treat

  • When to drink

    For an extra-extravagant afternoon tea

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* * * * - A sweet treat for afternoon tea by Phillip Isle on 15th November 2015

A sweet and subtle tea, light and floral and perfect with a slice of cake in the late afternoon.

* * - - - Very disappointing by Victor Sun on 7th November 2015

Far too sweet and too much vanilla. Lost the taste of Earl Grey.

* * * - - Disappointing by Adrienne Ferguson on 30th October 2015

Far too sweet! Impossible to drink with breakfast. Loose the vanilla and it could be a decent drink.!

Origin

China

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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