Earl Grey tea is one of the most popular flavored black teas. This black tea is flavored with the rind of the bergamot fruit, safflowers and marigolds making a wonderfully fruity cup of Earl Grey.
Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with oil from the citrus bergamot fruit - a sort of orange. Stories about the origins of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Chinese citizen. As a gift of gratitude, the diplomat was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, the diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Chinese citizen. In any event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.