Earl Grey is named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and British Prime Minister in the 1830s, author of both the Reform Bill of 1832 and most famously, the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. It is said he received a diplomat gift of black tea flavoured with the oil of bergamot, a citrus plant gift, and so Earl Grey tea was born.
But the true unknown hero to millions of passionate Earl Grey drinkers around the world, was one George Staunton, an East India Company botanist resident in China, who is recorded as having written to his friend at Key Gardens as long as ago as the 1790s, extolling the virtues of combining oils from the aromatic flowers of the bitter orange tree, with light bodied black teas.
In tribute, we proudly named our Earl Grey teas after George Staunton and we still use this neroli oil [oil from the bitter orange tree] so enthusiastically described in his letters and blend it with bergamot to make our unique blend of Earl Grey tea. We think it is the. So George, this tea is for you, available in a variety of formats. Best enjoyed with an East India Company biscuit, of course.