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Bunter
96298.  Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:12 am Reply with quote

Q: How many different kinds of tea are there?

A: One.


There is only one plant - the Camellia sinensis - that can make real tea.

Camellia Sinensis is generally processed into three main categories:

1) unfermented (green)
2) semi-fermented (oolong)
3) fermented (black)

The flavours of the well-known black teas - such as Earl Grey, Ceylon, and Souchong - derive from from two main factors: where the tea was grown, and what the tea is blended with. Earl Grey, for example, is Indian Camellia mixed with Sri Lankan Camellia and bergamot orange oil.[/b]

 
Molly Cule
152669.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:10 am Reply with quote

Earl Grey is named after Charles Grey, the British Prime minister in the 1830’s. He brought in the First Reform Act – changing the structure of our electoral system – the Factory Act - which restricted the employment of children and improved working conditions - as well the Act for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

He is quoted to have seen politics as a “pursuit which I detest, which interferes with all my private comfort and which I only sigh for an opportunity of abandoning decidedly and for ever.”

Perhaps he just wanted to put his feet up and have a cup of tea. According to the 10 Downing Street website he liked being in the countryside, dogs and playing cribbage. He had seven daughters and 10 sons.

He was sent tea flavoured with bergamot orange as a gift. There are all sorts of stories about why, none which can be confirmed for sure. Grey loved the tea so much he asked his tea merchants – Twinings – to come up with a close match of the tea. Jacksons of Piccadilly claim it was they who originated it after Grey gave them the recipe.

Lady Grey tea was created with fruit to stop the ill effects tea had on women’s temperament.

The main ingredient of Earl Grey is bergamot, this fruit is used for treating worms, as a disinfectant and as an anti-depressant. Begamot is supposed to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety.

Bergamot orange is grown in Italy and South of France. The farmers are battling against EU regulations which would put them out of business.

 
eggshaped
152673.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:13 am Reply with quote

Earl Gray's great-great-great-great grandson is reality-TV whore and purveyor of half-decent guitar-pop Preston from The Ordinary Boys.

 

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