Tea Talk – Earl Grey

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Welcome to Tea Talk! A series? Maybe! A filler post because school is boggin’ me down? That may be a bit more accurate…

First, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the Earl of Grey. The 2nd Earl of Grey to be exact.

The 2nd Earl of Grey is not to be confused with the 1st or 3rd, but was the Prime Minister of England in the 1830’s, abolished slavery in the British Empire in 1833, reformed England’s electoral system, AND just so happened have my favourite tea of all time named after him. Seems like a pretty cool guy if you ask me. (I’ve just finished studying for a History test…did you notice?)

I did a bit of research to see just exactly why my favourite tea was named after Earl of Grey numero dos, but everyone seems to have a different opinion on the matter…oh, the internet. Misleading citizens every day…

Now if you know me, we ain’t gonna dwell on the history of the matter. Let’s talk about more important things…like the tea itself!

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Earl Grey tea is a black tea, infused with oil extracted from the skin of the bergamont orange, so it has a very unique flavour.  BUT, you cant just go out and buy just any old brand of Earl Grey. If you want a truly delicious and fully flavoured tea, make sure the label reads ‘bergamont oil’, not ‘bergamont flavouring’. My personal favourite is the Ridgeway’s Organic with just a dash of milk. I grew up drinking this tea, and it is definitely the best I have ever sipped!

Not only does it taste good, but Earl Grey is full of antioxidants and immunity boosting properties to make you feel amaazzzzinngg!!!!

This tea is perfect as a morning awakener, or an after noon pick me up. Earl Grey is fantastic with these Whole Wheat Poppyseed Cookies or Chocolate Chai Biscotti as well. Yum…

Anywho, that brings us to the end of Tea Talk! Thanks for tuning in, and I’ll see you with a new recipe soon! In the meantime, the Earl is waiting…

Historical Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/history/past-prime-ministers/charles-grey-2nd-earl-grey

Health Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/97747-health-benefits-earl-grey-tea/

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