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Earl Grey tea caught the tea world’s eye sometime in the 1800s. Believe it or not, it is not its own category of tea. It falls into the category of flavored teas. Earl Grey tea is a black tea that has been flavored with the citrus fruit bergamot, which comes to us from Italy and other Mediterranean areas. Originally the tea may have been mixed with the actual bergamot peels, but these days it is usually made with essential oil. Flavored teas include any type of tea, White, Green, Oolong, or Black that has been scented or flavored with fruit, flowers, spices, oils, extracts, and natural or artificial flavors. Earl Grey is one of the most recognized flavored teas in the world. You can easily make your own tea blend at home, so you can control the strength of flavor. Use less essential oil for a subtler effect, more oil for a stronger effect.
You can find this drink in restaurants and tea shops across the globe. The blend consists of a black tea base flavored with the oil from the rind of a bergamot orange. The oils from this citrus fruit and the black tea find a harmonious flavor together.