Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Russian Earl Grey is a type of Flavoured Black Tea considered popular in Russia. The base of the blend is high-grown Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea and China Black Tea from Anhui Province.
We then add quintessentially “Earl Grey” flavours - with a twist - to create a match made in heaven. Perhaps best of all is the fact that we pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory.
Russian Earl Grey vs Earl Grey
The primary difference between traditional Earl Grey and the infusion you’ve chosen here is Russian Earl Grey Tea’s ingredients.
While the former contains Bergamot Oil as its defining quality, the latter goes further to boast Thai Lemongrass Tea, Spanish Orange Pieces and Cornflowers. Such a combination is a true delight to the senses. It indeed tastes as good as it looks!
Russian Earl Grey History
Legend has it that the story of Russian Earl Grey Loose Tea began not in Russia, but in China. Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, had travelled to the country on a diplomatic mission when he saw a boy drowning in a river.
He or one of his men waded in to save the child. When the boy’s father heard about what happened, he gifted the Earl with Black Tea scented with bergamot oil - or so the tale goes.
The truth is that Charles Grey made no such trip to China, and, as a result, the story is unfounded. How, exactly, it came into existence remains a mystery.
However, eventually, someone - probably in Russia - had the bright idea to add lemongrass into the mix. The result is, put simply, exquisite, going above and beyond to impress casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike.
More Facts About Tea Culture in Russia
- The people of Russia have had a love affair with Tea for some 400 years.
- There are several types of Russian Tea. Most famous is Russian Caravan Tea, its name deriving from the Sino-Russian trade route first established in the 1600s.
- When it comes to how to drink Russian Earl Grey Tea, you might want to consider investing in a Samovar (translated to mean “self-brewer”). This is a traditional device to boil water.
- Statistics suggest that 80% of the country’s population drinks Tea today.
Does Russian Earl Grey Tea Have Caffeine?
All types of “real” Tea from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant contain caffeine. But what remains unaddressed is how much Russian Earl Grey caffeine you can expect per serving. Black Tea is the most processed variety, which means it has the highest levels of the stimulant. As a result, around 45-mg of caffeine will be in your cuppa - more than enough to start your day the right way.
How to Make Russian Earl Grey Tea
1, Put Loose Leaf Tea into a Tea Infuser or Filter.
2, Place the Tea-filled accessory in a mug or cup.
3, Begin brewing by pouring in freshly boiled water at temperatures of 100°C.
4, Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes. Any longer and you risk creating a bitter taste.
How to Serve: Consider milk, sugar, honey or lemon. Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: Embrace sweet, citrusy overtones with malty hints and a mellow finish.
Russian Earl Grey Tea Benefits
Would you believe that Russian Earl Grey benefits the mind, body and soul in a plethora of ways? Most noteworthy is its Black Tea leaves, which contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants.
These chemical compounds combined can neutralise free radicals in the body. The result is a reduced risk of developing numerous chronic conditions from heart disease to type-2 diabetes.
Then there is the Lemongrass in Russian Earl Grey Black Tea. Studies indicate that it is anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial, which, among other abilities, helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), reduces menstrual discomfort and lowers blood pressure.
According to research from the National Institute of Health, it also aids digestion. What could be better?
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