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No. 7

Supreme Earl Grey - Teabag Envelopes

Ceylon Black Tea Blend

Our award-winning Earl Grey Supreme combines premium Ceylon leaves with delightfully fragrant bergamot oil in this exquisite best-selling tea.

From: Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

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We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

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Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with parcels being sent to EU countries from the UK. This is due to complexities arising as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. If there is any disruption to the service that you have selected, we will keep you updated.The table below provides estimates of shipping times.

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Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Supreme Earl Grey teabags


Our Great Taste award-winning Supreme Earl Grey is a loose-leaf blend of the finest Ceylon black teas. Subtly scented with bergamot essential oil, it's mixed with vibrant blue cornflowers for an aromatic infusion with distinct citrus fruit notes. Our loose leaf Earl Grey tea is also available as a loose-leaf tea.

Rich and well-rounded in flavour yet beautifully delicate, our Supreme Earl Grey has evenly graded, rolled wiry leaves and deep golden-amber colour. It's bright, citrusy and floral qualities invite you to slow down and take a breath, making it the perfect mid-morning or afternoon brew that can be enjoyed with or without milk.

Supreme Earl Grey is harvested all year round from select tea estates in Sri Lanka's revered Nuwara Eliya and Dimbula districts, which are synonymous with the Ceylon tea industry. Here, great care and attention are paid to production techniques, which see the leaves withered, rolled and oxidised in the time-honoured orthodox method.

Read more about the history of Earl Grey


The history of Earl Grey tea


From its introduction onto the British market in the mid-19th century, Earl Grey has been linked with afternoon teas and polite society. Much loved for its heady aromatics of citrus-tinged with spice, it hasn't been out of style since – as likely these days to be found in your kitchen caddy as on a hotel tea room menu.

Earl Grey was the first scented tea ever brewed. Forever associated with Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey and British prime minister from 1830 to 1834, its exact origins were never recorded but date back to the early 1800s and the start of the global tea industry. One of the most commonly quoted stories about the invention of Earl Grey tea has it that Charles Grey was gifted a black tea infused with bergamot oil by a Chinese mandarin as thanks to one of Grey's men saving his son's life.

Another goes that the tea was accidentally 'discovered' when a shipment of bergamot oranges and black tea were shipped together to the earl's home, Howick Hall in Northumberland. More likely is that essential citrus oils were used to improve the flavour of tea made with strong-tasting water. Because Charles Grey never trademarked the name, the emerging big tea companies of the Victorian era were left to claim Earl Grey tea as their own, and the truth will probably remain a mystery.

What is without a doubt is how popular Earl Grey tea has become the world over. Today, Earl Grey is usually made by tea companies from Ceylon or Assam teas, or a blend of both, combined with bergamot orange. However, various regions and companies have created their own versions of the blend down the years – the most famous spin-off being Lady Grey, or Mary Grey in our case.

Science has recently given Earl Grey tea even more of a boost. To add to a raft of discoveries about black teas' antioxidant and disease-fighting properties, studies have shown that bergamot may aid digestion, inhibit gut inflammation and help fight the bacteria associated with stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.


Alternatives to this iconic black tea blend


For a lighter, fruitier alternative to this fragrant brew, try our Darjeeling Earl Grey, made with pieces of pure Calabrian bergamot or the more delicate Lady Mary Grey.

If you'd like to learn more about this historic tea, see our Earl Grey guide. You can also introduce this delicious tea to someone you care about with our Supreme Earl Grey Gift for One.

Ingredients


Pure Sri Lankan Black Tea, Natural Identical Bergamot Flavour and Blue Corn Flowers

Tasting notes


The tea offers a fresh and citrusy aroma and amber infusion. Characterfully rich and strong bergamot flavour with crisp and tangy mouthfeel.

Region


Nuwara Eliya district, around the eponymous city, is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, about 25 miles south of Kandy. At the heart of the hill country, the terrain throughout the district is generally mountainous, with deep valleys, plateaus, basins, and vast rolling estates dotted with thick forested areas and jungles towards the North.

Learn more about Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka

The city itself sits at 1,868 m above sea level. North of the city, Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, Pidurutalagala, peaks at 2,542 m, and the revered Adam’s Peak sits on the Southern edge of the district, peaking at 2,243 m above sea level. The area is famous for its cool, temperate climate (Cfb), which made it a popular hill station in the 19th century, and a much-loved resort and health spa in the present day. Temperatures remain steadily warm throughout the year. March and April are the warmest months with an average high of 22°C and low of 11°C. The coldest months, form November to January, range from 9°C to 20°C.

There is heavy cloud cover throughout the year, with slightly cleared skies from December until March. The district is part of the Wet Zone in South-Western Sri Lanka. Consequently, rain falls throughout the year, with the highest precipitation in October and November, combined with low wind and medium humidity. Spring and summer experience lower but consistent rainfall, with gentle wind and increased humidity in April and May.

Above 1,000m, the montane rain forests are known for their biodiversity and endemic species. They also harbour the endangered Sri Lanka leopard, numerous species of shrews, squirrels, civet and langur. Soils throughout the island are generally suitable for agriculture, although some areas, particularly in the highlands, are eroded. In the Nuwara Eliya district, the elevation and cool climate offer ideal conditions for many European fruit and vegetable, as well as rubber and rice. But the hills really belong the tea, which was introduced in the 1860s after a devastating disease killed all the coffee plantations. The district is considered as the most important tea production hub in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan high-grown teas are known for their outstanding quality.

How to brew our teabags

1 triune teabag

1 triune teabag

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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