Earl Grey teas are classic "scented" teas, not your usual, some might say boring, black teas. Clearly a British favorite, the name "Earl Grey" conjures up the sense of British upper classes. It's also well known to Star Trek fans of the Next Generation era as Captain Jean-Luc Picard's favorite - "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!"
But is it any good? Well, yes, it's certainly more than pleasant, it's almost addictive once you acquire the taste for it. Earl Grey Teas are scented and flavored with the oil of a citrus fruit called bergamot. This oil adds an unmistakable "perfume" to the tea, which can nonetheless be drunk with or without milk, so for us Brits who are used to milk in our tea we can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and still think we're drinking tea!
What do you think of Earl Grey tea?
oh yes of course, you are right ! Downton . That is just what it was like . I wasn't aware you watched Downton in the States. It was so moving to be there 100 years on.
The N I tea is called something like ..... Embelly's . I can't recall it but it was lovely.
Ah, Northern Irish tea - that sounds great. I grew up in Scotland and it might be similar to what was served there.
Thanks Veronica for that information. I just checked the website and it has great photos of it set up as a military hospital. Made me think of Downton Abbey!
I am addicted to tea and can't go more than 90 minutes without a cup. I dislike Earl Grey tea but do like Irish Tea, Bewley's Breakfast is lovely but for preference, Belfast teas are the absolute best. I always get some tea when we fly over to Belfast.
Try Northern Irish! " It puts hairs on your chest ! " :)
Dunham Massey had a display last year for WW1 as it had been converted in a military hospital in WW1 . SO for the centenary last year, the owners converted it back to a Military hospital using old photos and having bed spreads made and getting facilitators to dress up in nurses and soldiers uniforms. IT was a very moving experience to visit and I hope they do it again some time . The "operating theatre" was like a corridor with a lantern !
It really brought it to life. You would love it so much .
Dunham Massey is eight miles out of Manchester in the town of Altrincham, easily accessed by metrotram. It is a great parkland where there are pleasant walks, where you can see deer and heron. We often walk there. You can pay to go into the gardens and the house, but I enter free as a member of the National Trust. There is a pleasant cafe, which is in the old stables:an atmospheric place to have tea, but Maureen and I sometimes enjoy a meal at a local hostelry, The Swan with Two Nicks, which is across the river from Dunham Massey.
I do find it hard it compare Earl and Lady Grey tea, as they are genuinely different. I have had both, and I prefer Earl Grey.
Yes, Lady Grey is very similar to Earl Grey, just more subtle. I find it very pleasant.
I am not a frequent tea drinker, but when I do drink it, I definitely prefer Earl Grey. However, I'd never heard of the Lady Grey variety, and am now curious to try it. Would be interesting to have a cup of each, side by side, for the sake of comparison.
Oh I wish I could visit Dunham Massey and drink tea in the cafe!
I love it. It is my favourite tea. Interestingly, the Earls Grey had a seat at Dunham Massey, only 6 miles from where I live, and I often walk in their parkland, now a National Trust property. The cafe there always sells Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas as part of their range.