Most tea lovers are familiar with Earl Grey the beverage. (It is arguably the most popular blended tea in the world.) In all its variations, Earl Grey is a flavorful concoction of tea and bergamot oil that is as distinctive on the nose as it is in the cup. One whiff as it passes your table in a restaurant or breezing out through a kitchen door, and you know immediately that someone is about to enjoy a steaming cup. As the tea rolls over your tongue, pointed touches of citrus come to the fore blending gently with the astringency of the base tea letting you know that yes in fact, this is Earl Grey. So yes, the tea we know about. But what do we know about the man? Don’t you agree that at least a cursory knowledge of Earl Grey seems important when discussing his signature brew? We do, so we thought we’d pass on our knowledge.Earl Grey, former Prime minister of England gave his first parliamentary on the 21of February 1787 on the topic of the recent free trade agreement made with France to which he was opposed. His political affiliation was to the Whig party, read: Liberals. Furthermore, he oversaw four years of political reform that had enormous impact on the development of democracy in Britain.Ok, now the more interesting part. Earl Grey’s interests included gallivanting about the countryside, caring for his dogs and playing the occasional game of cribbage. He was said to be “tall, slim and strikingly handsome”. (Not surprising given that he is known to have fathered at least one illegitimate child!) Unfortunately for the Earl and his love life, in his later years he went bald and was made to wear spectacles.Ok, now we have a basic understanding of the man behind the world’s most popular tea. We did forget one thing though. He died on July 17, 1845 - about 150 years before the creation of Earl Grey cream white tea. Too bad because we’re sure he would have loved this version of his famous blend. The cup is full bodied with a heady Earl Grey flavor and touch of fresh cream leading to a profound jammy finish. (Jammy is a term frequently used to describe the fullish character of Pai mu tan, the Chinese white tea used for the blend.) Brew a pot and raise a cup to the old Earl. Cheers old boy!