If you’re a long-time fan of Earl Grey tea and looking for a delicious blend or expanding your tea collection, we’re here to tell you why T2 has the best Earl Grey tea.
Unveiling the origins of Earl Grey tea
Earl Grey tea has captivated tea lovers around the world for its distinctive flavour and aromatic notes. Its roots trace back to the 19th century, when bergamot was first used to enhance tea’s flavour profile. Named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, this tea blend carries a fascinating history.
There are several stories of the tea’s potential origins, one of which states that during a trip to China, Charles saved the life of a Lord. And as a thank you for saving his life, the Lord gifted Charles Grey with a recipe for black tea scented with the oil of bergamot oranges. The tea's popularity soared, and it has since become one of the most popular teas to drink around the world.
The essence of Earl Grey tea
The hallmark of Earl Grey tea lies in its unique infusion of black tea leaves with the essence of bergamot, a fragrant citrus fruit. The blend results in a harmonious marriage of bold, robust tea flavours and delicate, floral undertones. The quality of the black tea leaves, along with the balance of bergamot, distinguishes the best Earl Grey teas from their counterparts. T2 meticulously sources whole tea leaves with minimal breakage to retain their essential oils and unique flavour compounds and then blends these elements to create a transcendent tea experience unlike any other.
Discover T2’s collection of Earl Grey tea
The highly regarded T2 Earl Grey tea collection includes:
- The oh-so-classy classic loose-leaf Earl Grey tea brew
- The inspired Earl Grey blend infused with fruity florals known as French Earl Grey tea
- The rightfully regal Earl Grey Royale, which has a wafting smoky aromatic amidst black tea and bergamot tastes
Earl Grey vs English Breakfast tea
Ah, the age-old debate — Earl Grey vs English Breakfast tea. Earl Grey tea has a bergamot oil component for a citrusy, floral aroma that adds a refreshing and slightly bitter note to the tea. English Breakfast tea, however, is a blend of different black teas, including Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. Its full-bodied flavour has malty undertones and a slightly earthy taste. If you’re unsure which tea is well suited to your taste, we highly recommend opting for one of our tea gift packs to sample a range of teas and find what tickles your fancy.
How to brew a sip-worthy mug of Earl Grey tea
If you’re making a mug of loose-leaf Earl Grey tea or using an Earl Grey teabag, follow these steps for a delicious cuppa every time:
- Use a dash of boiling water to warm your T2 teapot, teamaker, teacup or tea mug with infuser.
- Add one scoop of Earl Grey loose-leaf tea per cup (or one teabag) for the black tea since bergamot flavours are not faint.
- Add boiling water at 100°C, and note the recommended steeping time of 2-3 minutes.
- Pour from the teapot or teamaker into your most elegant T2 teacup (or remove the tea bag if you’re using one) or take out the infuser from your T2 mug with infuser.
- Inhale the heavenly aromas and enjoy your cup of Earl Grey tea with milk — just a dainty dash — or take it straight-up black if you prefer!
How much caffeine is in Earl Grey tea?
Earl Grey tea is a black tea harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, so it contains caffeine.
The amount of caffeine in Earl Grey tea and other black, green and white teas can vary. Natural caffeine levels are influenced by the region in which the Camellia sinensis plant is grown, the amount of rainfall that area receives and the nitty-gritty of the harvesting and fermentation processes.
If you’re after a boost of energy to kick-start your day, you can replace a morning cup of coffee with a healthy get-up-and-go nudge from Earl Grey tea or our other black, oolong, puerh, green tea and white tea — all containing varying amounts of caffeine but with less punch than coffee.
Buy the best Earl Grey tea from T2 today
Look no further if you’re searching for the best Earl Grey tea. At T2, we pride ourselves on working directly with our suppliers to develop our own tantalising blends of Earl Grey tea from scratch. So, brew a cup of Earl Grey, sit back and savour the delightful symphony of flavours that await you.
We offer free shipping for orders over $50, so browse our entire tea collection today to discover what else you fancy. And if you need help picking out the right tea for you, our staff would be more than happy to assist.
Does Earl Grey have caffeine?
Yes, Earl Grey typically contains caffeine since it’s black tea harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant. Earl Grey is a black tea variety flavoured with bergamot, a citrus fruit.
Do you put milk in Earl Grey tea?
It depends on your preference. Traditionally, Earl Grey tea is enjoyed without milk. The citrusy flavour of bergamot is often appreciated on its own or with a touch of sweetener, such as sugar or honey. However, you can add milk to your Earl Grey tea, similar to other types of black tea. Feel free to experiment and find the combination that suits you best.