Porters Earl Grey Enveloped Tea Bags. Earl Grey is the most famous flavoured tea. The secret recipe was said to have been given to one of Earl Grey's diplomats in 1830 by a Chinese Mandarin as a reward for saving his life. The Chinese believe that it keeps mind, body, and spirit in perfect harmony. Earl Grey is a blend of fine black China whole leaf tea and the natural oil of bergamot. Bergamot comes from the Turkish for "prince's pear". It is a pear shaped citrus fruit that is grown in Italy and Sicily. It can be served with or without milk.