What You Need to Know About Earl Gray Tea
The food and drink world is filled with delicious combinations that people adore. For example, there’s coffee and doughnuts, cookies and milk, and popcorn and butter. How about bergamot oranges and black tea? If this combo sounds familiar, then you’ve likely heard people refer to it as Earl Grey Tea.
Earl Grey Tea has become one of the most popular teas nowadays. Let’s take a deeper dive into why this type of tea has become a worldwide sensation!
History Of Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey Tea originates from China. Early Chinese teamakers often experimented with new blends, so they could please the ruling class and trade their products with international merchants. Yet, Earl Grey Tea was still relatively unknown at the time. It grew in popularity once the tea found its way to the United Kingdom.
The story of Earl Grey Tea’s inception in the UK is unclear. The tea was most likely introduced during the early 17th century when Charles Grey (a.k.a. the 2nd Earl of Grey) served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1830 to 1834.
One account says a Chinese mandarin gave Earl Grey Tea to Charles Grey’s men after they saved him from drowning. Others believe Charles Grey received the tea as a diplomatic gift. Whatever the case may be, Earl Grey Tea was popularized throughout the UK thanks to the Grey family.
What Is Earl Grey Tea?
Now that the history lesson is over, it’s time for the main event! Earl Grey Tea is a flavored tea. Flavored teas are an infusion of true teas and fruit, flowers, herbs, or spices. Most of the time, black tea leaves are used when making Earl Grey Tea.
One important ingredient is bergamot oranges. Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit that is originally from Southeast Asia. The fruit looks like a cross between an orange and pear, and it comes in shades of green, yellow, and orange. Eaters often describe bergamot’s taste as a hybrid of sour orange and lemon.
By infusing dried bergamot orange rinds and dried black tea leaves into water, the distinct flavors of bergamot perfectly blend with the black tea’s full body and bold flavors. In the end, you get a delicious drink, which makes the best of both worlds.
When you’re ready to get started, your first mission would be to get black tea leaves and bergamot oranges. Instead of going on a hunt for them, Amora has done the work for you!
Our Earl Grey Tea is made the traditional way in one of Sri Lanka’s top tea estates. This black tea blend has bergamot flower blossoms added in for a wonderfully aromatic medium-bodied tea. To make things better, you get sixteen tea sachets in an airtight tin. Not only do you get enough tea for yourself and others, but the tea will stay fresh for a while.
Earl Grey Tea Benefits
Deliciousness and healthiness are two words we love to see connected to beverages. Now that we have gone over this drink’s delectable flavors, let’s take a look at the health benefits of Earl Grey Tea.
Let’s be honest: stress sucks. To add insult to injury, it never stays away forever. The next time stress tries to bring you down, why not drink Earl Grey Tea to unwind? Bergamot is known for its calming effect on people (hence why bergamot oil is commonly used in aromatherapy). The bergamot in Earl Grey Tea can act as a natural and tasty way to relieve yourself of any stress.
Beautiful teeth are something we all strive to have, but keeping them that way can be hard. Thankfully, Earl Grey Tea is a great source of catechin and fluoride. Catechin is an antioxidant that fights off oral infections, and fluoride protects your teeth from cavities and prevents decay.
Improves Bodily Functions
Earl Grey Tea is one of upset stomachs’ greatest enemies. With the help of its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects, Earl Grey Tea can relieve you of indigestion and intestinal problems. On top of these benefits, this tea also has natural antioxidants that can support your immune system and lower your body’s bad cholesterol levels.
Does Earl Grey Tea Have Caffeine?
While bergamot does not affect the amount of caffeine in Earl Grey Tea, the black tea in it does. Black tea’s caffeine content depends on the type of black tea leaves used and its brewing process.
However, the average caffeine level in a cup of brewed black tea is 47 mg. This amount is more than brewed green tea’s caffeine levels (28 mg), but it’s significantly less than the caffeine content in brewed coffee (96 mg).
So, if you want a boost of energy in the morning but are trying to watch your caffeine intake, consider giving Earl Grey Tea a shot.
Get To Know Earl Grey Tea
Not only does Earl Grey Tea have an interesting story, but it is packed with healthy benefits. Most importantly, Earl Grey Tea just tastes incredible! By infusing bergamot oranges and black tea, you can get a drink that your tastebuds will never forget.
We could go on all day about how great Earl Grey Tea is, but why keep listening to us rave about it? Try Earl Grey Tea, along with other amazing teas, for yourself by visiting our shop.
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