Charles Grey (1764-1845) was an actual person who, though he was Prime
Minister of England under William IV, is better remembered for the tea
named after him. Tea legends say the blend was given to him by a Chinese
Mandarin seeking to influence trade relations.
A black tea with a hint of sweetness to it, Earl Grey is served plain
and is the second most popular tea in the world today. It is generally
a blend of black teas and bergamot oil.
Chinese use tea as medicine, in beauty products and for other purposes.
Do not discard the contents of tea bags, tea liquid and tea leaves left
over from cooking or brewing, because they can be used for many of the
purposes listed here. The liquid tea brewed for cooking is stronger than
that used for drinking, but it can be diluted with hot water and used
as a beverage.
Tea is not only a refreshing, delicious beverage, it's a wonderful ingredient
in cooking food. It's a marinade, a tenderizer, a condiment and, certainly,
a unique bon mot for your dinner guests to savor while they wonder
why the rice tastes so special or the chicken is so tender. Check out
page for some suggestions.