Often popular with men this tea. Not to suggest there's anything wrong with that. I'm sure there's lady's who would love a 'gud cuppa' Earl Grey but surely they'd prefer a cup of Lady Grey. A much more lady-like cup. In fact by its very name its obviously a lady's drink. As a lady* may drink a Lady Grey a man may drink Earl Grey.
I would just like to state categorically that I am not an Earl of Her Majesty's Kingdom or Commonwealth Realm. I am merely a man (though capable of some damage when cornered with a brolly as Ron Carrot from school will know full well).
Anyway where were we? Yes - Lady, Earl Grey. What is it I hear you ask? Well if you've got this far I should hope you are asking that because I'm about tto tell you.
Earl Grey is a blend of black teas with oil of bergamot orange or in cheaper varieties you may find in places like Aldi it will be cat shavings with weasel urine fed oranges.
The Twinnings Debacle
Well Twinning's in their ultimate wisdom decided to do a 'Tab Clear' as us 90's kids like to call it - ey? No they didn't release a clear tea (that'd be stupid and very wrong). They released a fortified orangey version with extra oil.
The backlash was frothing much like a cup of latte which is innapropriate considering the tea-nature of this blog.
I've no idea what came of this horrible event as Wikipedia have been rubbish enough to not complete that section of their piece. So as afar as I know Twinning could be putting cat food in their Earl Grey now. The world has quite clearly gone insane and Twinings are at the heart of it with their meddling in Earl Grey.
Earl Grey contains "bergamottin" which is chemically related to the (I won't bore you with the name) but it causes many medications to be enhanced. Being called th "Grapefruit Effect". So now Earl Grey has become popular amongst youths and students who can't get their fix of Grapefruit juice to boost their drugs. If you see any non Earls or young louts drinking this stuff you now know why.
* It's perfectly acceptable for men to drink Lady Grey and that doesn't mean they are crosss dressers, transvestites or ladies of the night. I myself once partook of many Lady Grey teas and am no worse the wear for it.