The Staunton Earl Grey Black Tea x 20 Tea Bag Sachets


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A tribute to George Staunton, the man who introduced the western world to this Chinese manner of taking tea. One of The Company’s most popular blends, The Staunton Earl Grey has a vibrant and refreshing flavour. Savour a cup of this rich-bodied loose leaf black tea with our Sea & Salt Caramel Biscuits.

Meet the unsung hero of your delicious cup of tea. Prime Minister Charles Grey may get the name and the glory but it was George Staunton, a botanist in China with The East India Company who wrote to his friend at Kew Gardens in the 1790s about the magical effect of using aromatic orange flowers in light bodied black tea. We still use the neroli oil so enthusiastically described in his letters and blend it with bergamot to make The Staunton Earl Grey today. So George, this tea is for you.


The true origins of Earl Grey tea remained a mystery until recent research in The East India Company archives revealed that the use of orange flavouring with tea was first observed in China in 1793 by Sir George Staunton, a company botanist. He witnessed the Chinese scenting their teas with bitter orange blossoms called Neroli.

Bergamot, commonly used in most Earl Grey tea today, is a subspecies of Citrus Aurentium, or ‘Neroli’, the original flower used in China. Sir Joseph Banks, to whome Staunton reported his findings, experimented with various flavourings, and thus the recipe was devised long before Earl Grey heard of it from Sir Banks, his friend.

Today, we use the original blossom, Neroli, together with Bergamot to create our Staunton Earl Grey, the only blend which can truly be said to authentically contain the original Chinese recipe. The Staunton Earl Grey is a tribute to the man who enabled the western world to experience this fine tea.


This tea is sourced from a tea estate certified by The Ethical Tea Partnership.
We are proud to be a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a non-commercial alliance of international tea companies who share a vision of a thriving global tea sector that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.

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How to Brew It: The Staunton Earl Grey Black Tea


  • 210ML OF WATER AT 100ºC


  • 4/5 STRENGTH

Usually enjoyed without milk. Add sugar to taste. Learn more about our teas, Learn how tea is processed, from tea leaf to your cup, or how to brew the perfect cup of tea from our tea master