This is the popular and familiar Early Grey with a slight flavor twist – orange rind. This blend is a black tea from Sri Lanka with Oil Of Bergamot – a citrus fruit with blue flowers. Here is a fun little story you can tell your friends.
It is said that in 1830, an Englishman named Charles Earl Grey traveled on a diplomatic mission to China, where in return for his act of kindness, a local Mandarin presented him with the recipe for making this distinctive tea. A few corrections are in order.
Firstly, the Chinese have never favored black tea over green, so if they were going to give a gift it would probably be something dear to them so they were unlikely to have a recipe for Earl Grey to bestow upon visitors. Secondly, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China. Otherwise, the story is completely true!