Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Tea, usually black tea, flavored with bergamot oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A blend of black tea flavoured with oil from the rind of the bergamot orange.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Charles Grey, Second Earl Grey, who is said to have received such tea as a gift from a Chinese mandarin.]

Examples

  • She wears no perfume, so no scent will disrupt her senses, and she always cleanses her palate with Earl Grey or green tea.

    The Illusionist of French Gastronomy

  • Thirty seconds of that would make an all-night Prodigy gig seem like an evening sipping Earl Grey and reading Anita Brookner.

    So Lewis Hamilton wants a longer national anthem. Has he heard the second verse?

  • He also serves coffee—often Turkish coffee with spices like cardamon—and mint tea, which he makes by brewing a black tea such as Earl Grey with fresh mint leaves.

    The Fresh, Homey Appeal of the Breakfast Party

  • Remembering how much she had been looking forward to a nice cup of Earl Grey and the newest episode of Mad Men, she realized that she might have forgotten to turn the burner off.

    Bette and Joy

  • Layer it, however, with her Sweet Lemon Cologne or Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne, and you'll be rewarded with a sophisticated and very British royal union.

    We All Need a Hint of Mint

  • The Weirs' book contains scores of seductive recipes, many of which, I smugly think, would have been wasted on my younger self in any case – Campari and orange, Earl Grey, tamarind – but, as the principle of the sorbet is the important thing, here I've decided to stick with the undisputed classic of the genre.

    How to make perfect lemon sorbet

  • Perhaps a nice pot of Earl Grey would better suit her mood.

    Just Right

  • Leaning back in my chair, I finished drinking my cup of Earl Grey tea, savoring every drop.

    Evil Rides A Horse Named "Bob."

  • A cafe provides both lavender and Earl Grey cakes, while tweets are served up by @bumperbookshast.

    Independent bookshops in south-east England

  • This drink tastes like spring—the Earl Grey's floral notes marry nicely with the elderflower.

    Buy Two Bottles, Make Six Drinks

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  • Whenever I see this, I still hear Captain Picard's "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

    January 29, 2011

  • This is why "Earl Grey" tea is capaitalized : From Wikipedia: "The Earl Grey blend, or 'Earl Grey's Mixture' is assumed to be named after the 2nd Earl Grey, ..."

    January 25, 2013