Earl Grey tea was named after Charles Grey, an English earl and Prime Minister to King William the fourth in the early nineteenth century. The Earl was given the recipe by a Chinese dignitary, who had saved his life.
It’s a blend of Indian and Ceylon teas, and gets its unusual flavour form the oil of Bergamot, a small acidic orange cross between a type of lemon and a Seville orange.
Today, bergamots have become the hot new citrus. The fruit has a distinctive fragrance that combines lime leaf, tea rose and pear and is also known for perfuming eau de cologne along with Earl Grey tea.
Some chefs are candying the peel and using it in soufflés, ice creams and sorbets.