Talk:Earl Grey tea

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External link[edit]

That 24health link seems placed there for advertising purposes. It links to a basic article on a site with 500 advertisements that ads nothing to the Wiki article, with speculative non-scientific information about Earl Grey as a folk cure. If anyone agrees, then there are two votes to ax it. I believe it also fails many accessibility guidelines (a requirement under Wiki guidelines for an external link) If there is any information of value on that page, it's brief enough that it should be double-checked, included, and cited -- but not listed as an external link.


A comment about some people being allergic to bergamot perhaps? (Not that Wikipedia should be a medical reference, but it might be useful).

Alternate origin story/legend[edit]

There is a story about the origin of the tea that I read in the 70's in a library book, which is of course no longer in print and not found online. A brief version can be found here: Add Some Bergamot: Discovering Earl Grey [1]

"A long, long time ago, legend has it that Earl Charles Grey was shipping black tea and bergamot oranges in the same cargo. When the Earl’s ship finally arrived at port, it was found that the black tea had absorbed the essence of bergamot into a perfectly balanced black tea with light citrus notes. Earl Grey was born."

The story I recall was more dramatic, the young Grey had staked his small fortune on the tea shipment, and he faced financial ruin over the loss of the cargo; the bergamot oil was for hair pomade. He luckily decided to sample the ruined tea before disposing of it. DK (talk) 18:28, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

That sounds a bit made up to me. Kilburn London (talk) 12:23, 31 August 2012 (UTC)
Another story about Corfu is writed in the book TEA, Ian Bersten,1939 , The origin of EarlGrey tea, page 114
( — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:29, 24 December 2013 (UTC)


Popular Culture[edit]

The character of Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation frequently ordered tea from his replicator with the words, "Tea, Earl Grey, hot." -- (talk) 21:04, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

On an episode of the television series, The Paper Chase, ("My Dinner with Kingsfield" (1984)), Professor Charles Kingsfield is offered a cup of Earl Grey tea, and at once proceeds to lecture upon the historical peer and his work in stopping the slave trade. WHPratt (talk) 16:00, 14 January 2015 (UTC)