One of our first and most popular Tea Palace-exclusive blends, our iconic Palace Earl Grey has become a both staple at home and in 5* fine dining establishments throughout the UK.
The secret to the success of Palace Earl Grey is our special formulation of the finest Chinese black tea leaves and natural oil of bergamot, pressed from real bergamot citrus fruits. These two luxury-quality ingredients are blended together to our own special recipe for a bold, delicious, classically flavoured black tea with a sophisticated, aromatic flavour.
This exclusive loose leaf tea is available in our range of iconic damask caddies, and also in boxes of 20 individually wrapped crystal pyramid sachets and our new loose-leaf pyramid teabags presented in our standard size caddy to preserve ultimate freshness.
Palace Earl Grey is also included in the following signature gift collections:Classic Sample Triple Tube Collection - £12.95 Tea Discovery Gift Set - £24.95 The Book of Tea: Classic Tea Edition - £25.00 Palace Favourites Collection - £32.95 Earl Grey Tea Collection - £34.95 The Essentials Collection - £39.95 The World of Tea Collection - £39.95 I Love Earl Grey Collection - £42.95
Earl Grey teas have been familiar to tea connoisseurs in the UK since around the 1830s, but the history of this famous tea is a little fragmented and uncertain.
Earl Grey teas, or at least the flavouring of back tea with citrus oils, originated in China prior to the 19th Century. It is believed that the flavourings were added in order to mask the taste of lower-quality tea leaves so that they could be sold at a higher price. The first Western records of this practice come from around 1790 and involved the use of orange and neroli oils as flavourings.
As the flavouring of teas with oil became more popular in Chinese production, the same principles were eventually applied to flavouring higher-quality tea leaves and these were then exported to Western Europe as a brand new product.
At around the same time in the UK, some London tea vendors were found to be scenting black teas with bergamot oils from Italy, which at the time was very frowned upon and resulted in a number of lawsuits!
Eventually (by at least the 1850s), the flavouring of teas was widely accepted and Chinese black teas were regularly flavoured with bergamot in by companies in the UK. These bergamot-tea blends were referred to as either "Grey's Tea" or "Earl Grey" depending on where and by whim it was produced.
The names "Earl Grey" is somewhat controversial with a number of companies and individuals claiming to be the originators of the blend. The common legend states that the recipe for Earl Grey was presented to Charles Grey, Prime Minister of Great Britain and the 2nd Earl Grey by a grateful Mandarin after his son was saved from drowning by Grey (or one of his men) and it was consequently named after him. However, most scholars now believe this story to be false.
Others say that Earl Grey commissioned the blend from China in order to offset the taste of sediment in the natural waters of Northumberland. Apparently Lady Grey then popularised the blend in London and approved it for general sale.
Many companies have their own, closely-guarded recipe for Earl Grey, and Tea Palace's Palace Earl Grey is no different! We use high-quality Chinese black tea leaves and natural, pressed bergamot oil blended to our own unique recipe - so you can be sure of a cup of Earl Grey unlike any other!!
Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling. May be enjoyed with milk or lemon to taste.
Black Tea, Oil of Bergamot
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
Carton of 20 Tea Sachets
Our specially designed, individually wrapped Crystal Pyramid Tea Sachets carton offers the most convenient way to prepare loose leaf teas and infusions whilst the individual foil wrapping ensures that every pyramid bag retains its own individual freshness.
Caddy of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving pyramid teabags. Presented in our bespoke purple damask caddy for the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Refill Carton of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving teabags. These cartons offer the most environmentally friendly option to replenish your Tea Palace teabags.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened teabags should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
All black teas contain polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants and have great restorative powers.
Unlike the high levels of caffeine found in coffee, the low amounts in black tea promotes blood flow to the brain without overstimulating the heart.
The caffeine in black tea sharpens mental focus and concentration, and the trace element fluoride inhibits tooth decay. Black tea also contains abundant tannins which have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the digestive tract.
One cup of black or green tea has more antioxidant power than a serving of broccoli, carrots or spinach. (Prevention, 1998)
Black tea improves cardiac blood flow and coronary function and also improves endothelial function in the heard which improves vascular function. (Dr Renold Sebold, The Truth About Tea & Health part 1)
Bergamot has been documented as a healing fruit since the twelfth century. Its main properties are as a disinfectant and antidepressant, aiding relaxation.
It also combats halitosis and oral infections.