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A relaxing cup of tea is one of life’s greatest joys. Through the wonders of tea, people not only dive into a realm of tremendous flavors but also gain insight into the story and culture behind the tea.
The western world was introduced to tea by cultural exchange from the east, and began creating their own distinct flavors.
One such tea is known as ‘earl grey’, which is a black tea flavored with bergamot, which has grown to immense popularity throughout the world; however, there are some variations as well, such as Lady grey.
Today we are going to discuss the differences between earl grey and lady grey tea.
Introduction to Earl Grey
Earl Grey has existed in the UK since at least the 1820s, but it may have existed in Asia before that time.
There is a tale which states that Charles, 2nd Earl Grey was gifted a box of earl grey tea after a member of his crew saved a Chinese mandarin’s son. However, this account is disputed because there is no evidence Charles Grey ever went to China.
It is more likely scenario is that a British envoy brought the tea back from China, eventually being discovered by tea houses which tried to market it.
We recommend Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey tea.
Introduction to Lady Grey
Lady Grey is a trademarked variety of Earl Grey. It came into the scene in the early 1990s as a product of Twinings. Although these teas are very similar, Lady Grey is considered to be targeted towards those who find Earl Grey to be too intense for their taste. It came as a softer variation and quickly became very popular. This is why both these teas are constantly a topic of discussion among tea enthusiasts.
We recommend Twinings Lady Grey tea.
Early Grey vs Lady Grey
As we discuss their origins and back-story, now it is time to compare the two and understand where the disparity lies.
Earl Grey is prepared from black tea. This tea’s leaves are generally mild-tasting leaves, which originate from India, China, or Sri Lanka and are often in a cut and sifted form. The tea leaves get their aroma from bergamot, a plant originating from South-East Asia. Nowadays, most commercial bergamot is grown in Italy, but that is a relatively new occurrence in history.
Most modern earl grey tea is now made with extracted bergamot oil, but in ancient times, these types of teas were usually scented with fresh flowers.
Lady Grey is made the same way, but also contains dried lemon and orange peel.
Bergamot has a unique aroma with notes of citrus and flowers.
The flavors of both Earl Grey and Lady Grey are both very distinct. The former is very strong and powerful as the producers use much of the bergamot oil, delivering a stronger taste. While lady grey is all about delivering soft and fruity flavors. It caters to those who prefer a lighter flavored tea.
Both Earl Grey and Lady Grey are leading names in the tea world and it’s hard to go wrong with either one.
Which one you prefer would depend on your personal taste preferences.
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