5 Secrets to the Perfect Cup of Earl Grey Tea

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Earl Grey tea is a blend of black tea enhanced with oil from the rind of bergamot oranges. The result is a bright, complex steep with a subtle citrus aroma and deep flavor. This flavor is the result of the time-honored process used to produce black tea.

Black teas are allowed to undergo a natural oxidizing process before drying. This lets enzymes alter the chemical composition of the leaves, resulting in a stronger, slightly more tannic flavor in the final steep. It is this quality that gives black teas their distinctive character. Earl Grey tea marries this strong flavor with the brightness of bergamot oil. The result is a savory and aromatic brew.

Earl Grey Steeping Secrets

1 - The water

To make the perfect cup of Earl Grey, begin with fresh, cold water. Never use hot water from the tap, or water that has previously been boiled. Water for brewing tea should always be heated in a non-reactive vessel, such as a glass kettle or stainless steel pot. This prevents impurities from transferring to the tea.

2 - The temperature

Earl Grey tea should always be prepared with water heated to 208°, or just below the boiling point. If your kettle doesn't have temperature controls, simply heat the water until it begins to boil, then turn off the heat while you warm the pot.

3 - Warm the pot or the cup

Many people omit this step, but it's actually very important. Tea is delicate, and needs precisely the right temperature to give up its essence. When hot water is poured into a cold cup or pot, it begins to cool. Warming the pot ensures that the steep will be consistent. Simply pour a small amount of hot water into the pot or cup, swirl it around, then pour the water out.

4 - Proper measurement

Exact measurements will vary according how strong you like your tea, how large your favorite cup is or how many cups your teapot holds. For loose tea, the rule is one teaspoon per six ounce cup, or two teaspoons per eight ounce glass of iced tea. It may be necessary to adjust this measurement to suit your taste, or to accommodate a large mug.

5 - Steeping times

This is very much a matter of taste. Most Earl Grey aficionados enjoy their brew steeped for three to five minutes. Many claim that anything more than four minutes is disastrous, while others say that a full five minutes is needed to get the full benefit of the citrus aroma.

How to enjoy Tea Forte Earl Grey Tea

Traditionally, this tea is served with a slice of lemon, with sugar to taste. This brings out the bright flavor and shows off the warm brown color of the steep. Tea Forté's special blend of Earl Grey tea includes just a dash of organic cornflowers to give it just a sparkling appearance. Enjoy it with lemon or milk, or savor the natural flavor and color just as it come from the pot.

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