While traditional Earl Grey is generally regarded as the namesake of the 2nd Earl Grey, Cream Earl Green is considered that of the 4th Earl Grey, Albert Henry George Grey. Albert Henry George was a very proper British man indeed. He was educated first at Harrow, one of the UK’s premiere boarding schools and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, a much heralded bastion of intellectual pursuits, not sports. By all counts the 4th Earl was indeed a man much bemused by letters and the arts, not sports, and when he became the Queen’s representative in what was then the colony of Canada, he did much to promote both letters and the arts amongst its inhabitants, not sports. Odd then, that the 4th Earl of Grey should come to be memorialized by a football tournament, The Grey Cup, Canada’s answer to the Super Bowl. Ok, it’s not that odd. The Earl wanted to leave a legacy behind and decided to donate his family bowl to a sporting contest figuring, it may be supposed, that this would garner him much more attention than affixing his name to a theatre or library. And so the Grey Cup trophy was born.So, we’ve got the Earl, we’ve got the story, but where does the tea fit in? Well, at some point along the line, a Canadian tea blender decided to memorialize the Earl one step further by creating a variant of traditional Earl Grey tea. He began with a green gunpowder to symbolize the grass football is played on, and the thunder and vigor with which it is played. He then added the signature bergamot and topped it off with the essence of fresh cream, known to be the 4th Earl’s preferred tea additive and cornflower petals to symbolize sporting victory. The resulting cup was found to be quite delicious and invigorating indeed. We at Metropolitan Tea are exceedingly pleased to have secured a steady and lasting supply of this wonderful blend. We encourage you to raise a toast while enjoying it. To the 4th Earl Grey of the Football! Hip hip Hoorah!