It’s easy to enjoy a beverage like tea, actually, and even easier to enjoy a blend that’s been named after… well, a hero?! If you’re still wondering what blend we’re talking about, it’s Earl Grey Tea, which is essentially black tea, but with a squeeze of fresh bergamot.
According to the story, Earl Charles Grey, one of England’s Prime Ministers in the 1800s, had once saved a drowning boy in China, who happened to be the son of a local tea blender. To thank the Prime Minister, the man named one of his secret blends, what we call Earl Grey Tea today, after him. Heroic, you’d say, but it’s not really known if the story is entirely true. Honestly, it’s not even known if Earl Grey ever visited China in the first place.
However, even if the said story isn’t true, there’s more this man did that etched his name in history. During his term as Prime Minister, in 1833 to be more precise, Earl Grey became the man responsible for abolishing slavery in England. Considering the events of the time, it’s good enough reason to have his name fondly mentioned in history, and even have a tea blend named after him.
Makes you look at Earl Grey tea differently, doesn’t it? We bet you’re going to want to sip on this unique blend a lot more now, especially when you’ve got a fancy afternoon tea session planned.
Now that’s another “Did you know?” when it comes to Earl Grey tea. If you’re someone who loves tea time, then it’ll do you good to know that Earl Grey is often considered a blend best suited for afternoon tea or high tea. Just imagine it – little sandwiches, scones, petit fours, and cupcakes – all your mini loves with your favourite cup of tea!
So, now you know what you’re going to do for the next weekend. If we were you, we’d start sending our invitations for afternoon tea already.