One of Mr. Vail's 15 original tea blends.
If you enjoy the floral notes of Bergamot, this Earl Grey tea will become your favorite! This exceptional combination of Darjeeling, Assam, Chinese, and Sri Lankan teas, sprayed with the oil of Bergamot has been satisfying our customers for generations.
Earl Grey teas, traditionally, were blends comprised of varying black teas with Bergamot oil added to them. Today, any tea (green, white, herbal) that is sprayed with Bergamot oil is known as Earl Grey (such as our Emerald Green Earl Grey, Rooibos Earl Grey, …). Every tea merchant carries an Earl Grey black tea blend, but they are all very different due to the variations in black teas used for the blend and the quality of the bergamot oil. Here at Simpson & Vail we use high quality bergamot oil.
Bergamot oil comes from the rind of the bergamot orange, which grows on the citrus tree Citrus bergamia. The oil expressed from the rind is used, in addition to making Earl Grey tea blends, quite frequently in the cosmetic industry. Bergamot oil can be found in soaps, lotions, oils and perfumes and has been said to help alleviate depression as well as used as a digestive aid and used to help skin irregularities (such as psoriasis).
Earl Grey tea is a favorite with bakers in many culinary recipes. It goes especially well with cakes, cookies, confections and any recipe with chocolate!
Ingredients: Black teas and natural flavor.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Earl Grey Tea Shortbread
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
(1/8 tsp Boyajian orange oil - optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp S&V Earl Grey tea, ground
1 tsp milk
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Grease an 8×8" square glass baking dish.
Blend the softened butter in an electric mixer. Add the sugar, vanilla and orange oil (if using). Blend until smooth.
Gradually add the flour and ground tea and mix until the dough comes together. (If the mixture is too dry and crumbly you can add the milk).
Pat the dough into the prepared pan with floured fingers or a rubber spatula. Prick the dough all over with a fork (so the steam escapes). Bake in a 300 oven for 50-60 minutes, until the shortbread is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then cut into "fingers" and cool completely.
You can drizzle with dark chocolate or enjoy as is … with a cup of Simpson & Vail tea, of course!
||70 Years Drinking Earl Grey from S&V
|When my father attended and then taught at West Virginia University, his favorite professor (mine, too, years later) in the English Department was Dr. Carter R. Bishop, a delightful Southern Gentleman. Dr. Bishop introduced my father, Lon T. Marks, to teas from Simpson and Vail. My family did not drink coffee; tea was the beverage of choice.
We drank many varieties of S&V teas, but Earl Grey was always the family favorite. It is, more than 60 years later, almost my favorite beverage, and my grown son says, "A cup of Earl Grey with sugar and a bit of cream is extremely comforting." I couldn't put it better, although I often omit the cream. S&V Earl Grey has three generations of lovers in my family, and as soon as my grandchildren are old enough, there will be four. Thank you for continuing this fine tradition.|
|- Lillian Marks Heldreth, MI|
||Robust Earl Grey Tea
|This is an enjoyable Earl Grey with a subtle flavouring paired with a solid dark tea. For me it has worked best to mellow out the tea with some milk to bring out more of the Bergamot. Either way a nice tea.|
||A great Earl Grey
|This tea is a classic that any Earl Grey lover will enjoy! It has a full flavor and a calming aroma that is perfect for some after work relaxation time.|
|- Cassie Williams, AR|
||aromatic is the right word!
|This tea has a lovely fragrance and the bergamot is nicely balanced. Its a great tea for quiet afternoons and good book!|