The story goes that Earl Grey, the Georgian prime minister, was given cases of this tea by a Chinese Mandarin. He liked it so much he brought it home and asked Twinings to recreate it for him.
Light, fragrant and with a distinctive bergamot and lemon flavour, our Earl Grey still has all the taste of the original, and we like to think it's still the best.
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"our Earl Grey still has all the taste of the original"
We believe that how you make your tea is equally as important as the tea you use, so here are our tips:
- Use freshly drawn cold water
- Use water at a “rolling boil” (100?C)
- Use 1 teabag per cup or 1 teabag per person in a teapot
- Steep for 3 to 5 minutes (or to your taste)
- This light, delicately citrus tea is best drunk without milk (a slice of lemon is great) or with just a touch of milk
… and for freshness every time, keep your tea somewhere cool, dark, dry and airtight!
"oxidation gives black tea its colour and richness"
Black tea, just like green tea, comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
- After plucking, the leaves are laid on drying trays & withered to remove some moisture and make more pliable
- The leaves are then rolled and may be cut
- "Broken" leaves are laid out & a heady mixture of warm air, aromatic juices, bacteria & enzymes leads to oxidation (a natural reaction that affects strength & colour)
- Oxidation is stopped by firing (with hot air) when the leaves are the right (brown) colour depending on the region
- The leaves turn black as they dry
... and finally, are sorted or graded by size
Black tea is a natural source of antioxidants that may help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals
All natural ingredients:
- Black tea from China
- Bergamot Flavouring
- Lemon Flavouring
Tea refined and full of character, very pleasant evolution of the dated Classics Earl Grey, only superficiality and laziness can not grasp the change in tradition, Twinings has managed to improve on what has traditionally been excellent.
I bought it from supermarket without looking at the details, thinking that it was still the taste I was used to (the yellow pack). However, the first time I brew it I was surprised by its strong smell---may be too much bergamon and lemon I'm afraid... This is still good but I'm more into the previous blend, sorry :)
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