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The Origins of Earl Grey

The Origins of Earl Grey

We have all heard of Earl Grey tea, but you might be surprised to learn that the famous bergamot-flavoured tea is said to be named about Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey and British Prime Minister in the 1830s. The exact origin of the name is still unknown, but Charles Grey is rumoured to have received this tea as a gift, thus becoming synonymous with his name.

Earl Grey tea was originally made to imitate more expensive Chinese tea. The actual origin of the Earl Grey blend is often refuted, however the first known...


The woman who brought tea to London

The woman who brought tea to London

Catherine of Braganza was the Portuguese-born Queen of England, Ireland and Scotland and is credited with bringing tea to Britain. When she arrived in England in 1662, being such an influential figure, she quickly popularized the drink, which at the time was very rare and extremely expensive. 
 
Her husband, King Charles II was also crucial for setting up the British tea trade and greatly favoured the East India Trading Co., which helped them grow and expand, making tea more accessible to the public and more so, the aristocracy.
 
While Catherine's reign as queen,...


Thomas Twining

Thomas Twining

Thomas Twining, creator of the ubiquitous Twinings tea company originally started out as an apprentice weaver in London in the early 1700s. Shortly after he changed careers and became a merchant and importer, working with the East India Trading Company.

In 1706 he purchased Tom's Coffee House in London from his employer, Thomas D'Aeth. Thomas soon learned that the coffeehouse competition was stiff, so with his prior experience with the East India Trading Company, soon began offering tea as well as coffee. After quickly gaining a reputation for having some of the...