Earl Grey

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Reputed by to be named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. A “Grey's Tea” is known from the 1850s, but the first known published references to an “Earl Grey” tea are advertisements by Charlton & Co. of Jermyn Street in London in the 1880s.


Earl Grey (usually uncountable, plural Earl Greys)

  1. A blend of black tea flavoured with oil from the rind of the bergamot orange.
    • 2012, Skyfall:
      I'll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pyjamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
  2. A serving of this kind of tea.
    Two Earl Greys, please.


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