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Earl Grey

The very essence of British tea drinking… Read More

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The very essence of British tea drinking…

Our take on the quintessential British blend of fine Chinese and Ceylon black tea is perfectly balanced with flavours of citrusy bergamot – we've even added a scattering of blue cornflower petals for an elegant final flourish.

Renowned for its wonderful bergamot aroma, Earl Grey has become firmly ensconced as an afternoon tea classic. The story goes that the iconic blend was specially created for Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, in reward for saving the son of a Chinese mandarin from drowning. When his supplies of the tea had run out, the earl commissioned British tea blenders to recreate the taste. A few decades later, Walter Whittard devised his own signature version which took the tea auctions by storm… Have a taste, and find out what all the fuss was about.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea with Flavouring

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Citrus, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Refreshing, with notes of fragrant bergamot

  • Food pairing

    Milk chocolate

  • When to drink

    Firmly ensconced as an afternoon tea classic


Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

A note from Whittard

“I don’t respond that well to caffeine, so I tend to go to our fruit and herbal infusions. Baked Apple is one of my favourites, and rooibos is lovely as a caffeine-free breakfast tea.”

- Octavia, Cambridge Store Manager


Ever since our founder Walter Whittard weighed out tea leaves behind his high mahogany counter, we’ve been experimenting with our own inventive blends. The Chinese were the first to try blending tea leaves with fruits and flowers and it takes time, skill and imagination to master the art. It’s all about creating the perfect balance of flavours: we blind taste at least 20 different variations before settling on the perfect recipe. Just as some musicians have perfect pitch, an expert tea blender needs to have some pretty perceptive tastebuds…


Earl Grey

As Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834, the very same Earl Grey presided over the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. We've numbered this tea 33, to mark the date.

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