Tea: Earl Grey Tea: Who Was Earl Grey?

Earl Grey tea is a popular flavored black tea named after an historic figure in 19th century England. Earl Grey’s existence and historic accomplishments are well documented but his influence on the tea that bears his name is less clear. Charles Grey was the 2nd Earl Grey, (13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845), and was a British Whig statesman and Prime Minister. His father, Charles Grey, the 1st Earl Grey, was a notable British general in the American Revolution who commanded victories in several battles, notably against the American forces under General Anthony Wayne and at the Battle of Germantown (1777–78). Descended from a long-established Northumbrian family, Grey was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was elected …