Running low on Earl Grey Tea?

Darjeeling Jasmine Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey is one of our favorite teas and is a staple in most tea cupboards.  But what happens if you run out and you really want a cup but don’t want to run to the store?
Well, make it yourself!

What is Earl Grey anyhow?

I am not going to rehash the entire Wikipedia article on Earl Grey but I will summarize.
Earl Grey was presented to Lord Charles Grey by a grateful Chinese mandarin whose son was rescued from drowning by one of Lord Grey’s men.
The tea is typically made with any number of black teas and bergamot oil. 
Really, it’s that easy!

Some tea companies are branching out and using other base teas like green, oolong, and others but most blends use Assam.

Great history lesson, how do I make Earl Grey tea?

One of the great things here is that you can make your own unique blend of Earl Grey that no one else will have, because you made it.  Here’s how:

  1. Select a black tea of your liking
  2. In a mixing bowl put in a few drops of Bergamot Essential Oil.  The amount of oil you use is up to you and is what will make this your blend so experiment and keep notes.
  3. Put some of the black tea you chose earlier in the bowl and move it around the bowl to get it coated with the Bergamot Essential Oil.
    The amount of tea you use is also up to you as this will make it more unique.  Be sure to keep notes on how much you use so you can replicate it later.
  4. Taste test.  Drop a few leaves in some hot water and let it steep.  Taste the resulting tea and adjust the amount of tea and oil until you have it just to your liking.
  5. Don’t stop there.  That is the basic Earl Grey recipe, but there is no reason you can’t keep going.  For instance adding some crushed up jasmine flowers, orange peel, etc.
    This is your tea, be sure it has your signature all over it.