Earl Grey (4 oz or 1 lb)
Earl Grey Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
The namesake of Charles, the second Earl Grey, this tea—traditionally a blend of strong black tea and bergamot—has been produced since the early 1800s.

Our version starts with a single-estate Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka, which is blended with 100% bergamot oil; the full citrus notes are balanced enough for this tea to be enjoyed plain or with milk and sugar.

4 oz - $18.40 (default option)
1 lb - $70.60 (click below to select)

Country: Sri Lanka
Region: Ratnapura District
Tasting Notes: citrus, rich, bold
Year of Production: Spring 2015

Stock Status:In Stock

Product Code: BEG14

Package size:
1 pound
4 oz.


The Bland Blend

The tea blend is the basis of the Western tea expert's skill, with the sole object of maintaining a standard and uniform taste dictated by the marketplace. As a result, the entire vocabulary of tea tasting becomes moot during this breach of nature, for no matter what the season, the harvest results, the particular garden of its provenance, tea will end up in the same state -- black particles with a uniform taste. Here, the tea taster only serves the tea blender, and in most cases the same person fulfills both functions. He clearly does not taste to discover what aromatic surprises the new crop might have; he "tastes" it just enough to be able to determine the prices on the Colombo, London, or Hamburg markets.

This person tests variations in quality, and he then "corrects" them by blending -- which does not add characteristics but, on the contrary, irons out idiosyncrasies. The comparison with wine or olive oil immediately exposes the stratagem in this operation. Instead of developing a product that brings out or distributes subtleties of flavor, an aggregate is reconstituted, with elements that have been held in check.

In general this reduction starts in the planter's factory, where the different pluckings of the day are mixed according to grade and made up into lots, perhaps 10 or 20 cases of each quality, rendering the product homogenous. The planter takes a sample from each of these lots and sends them to his broker in Colombo. The latter inspects them, tastes them, and gives an estimate based on their quality and the state of the market.

Industrial Tea Blender Tea piles from a blending facility

In situ, or in London, the blenders get to work again. A blend can contain up to 30 different provenances, regions or even countries; the mixture is worked out from samples bought at auction, on the basis of a recipe similar to that drawn up by a nose in perfumery, but allowing for later additions. The blend will be adjusted as necessary to obtain the established taste. When sent to the factory, the formula for the mixture will allow calculation of the quantities to be packed into the rollers. As with a pack of cards that is cut and cut again, the tea blenders will renew the mix of a tea, whose potentialities have intentionally been cut and cut again in all possible combinations. The blend is only there to be bland -- to lose taste.

  • Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Preheat the teaware. Use a large strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor.
  • Temperature: 212 F (boiling) Time: 2-3 minutes
    Amount: 3g / 6 oz serving = 1 teaspoon
  • Play with the amount of tea, the water temperature, and steeping time to re-steep - rely on taste, not color. Get to know the tea!
  • For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.

ECO FRIENDLY Tea Bags - Package of 60

ECO FRIENDLY Tea Bags - Package of 60

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