- posted 14 years ago
Twinings Earl Grey has always been one of my favorite teas. I was always under the impression that this was the definitive Earl Grey, and that they were using the original, unaltered recipe used by the Second Earl Grey himself. However, I have recently read on the web that Jacksons of Piccadilly claims that **THEY** and only they have the original recipe. Apparently this has been a long standing bone of contention between the two companies for a very long time.
I have tried both versions and they are noticeably different. Twinings has a much stronger bergamot flavor, whereas the bergamot flavor in Jacksons' formula is very subtle indeed. I prefer Twinings.
Surely there must be a way to determine who is correct in this dispute. Does anybody know if one firm or the other's claim to the original recipe has ever been validated? Which firm do you believe, and what is the consensus regarding whose version is better?