This one is for all the classic black tea drinkers who have a penchant for kratom. We’ve taken an Earl Grey Lavender Tea with natural oil of bergamot, and added some delightful Super Green Malay crushed leaf kratom to it. The end result is the classic taste, and feel, of Earl Grey Lavender tea with balancing effects of kratom to round it all off.
Are there any special considerations for brewing our “Lavender Malay” blend? For those of you familiar with brewing kratom tea, you’ll know that it often calls for a relatively long steep time of 20 minutes. Yet black tea is usually brewed for less than five minutes. So, how should you brew a mixture of kratom tea and Earl Grey Lavender tea?
Before we get into the question of how to best brew this kratom herbal blend, we’ll cover each ingredient in more detail. Once we have established the purpose of each herb, we’ll then be able to move on to the logistics of brewing the perfect cup.
What is Earl Grey tea?
Historically, Earl Grey tea is a black tea mixed with oil of Bergamot. There are several apocryphal origin stories regarding Earl Grey tea. One of them is that tea of lower quality was flavored with Bergamot oil to cover some of the flavor deficiencies that resulted from the lower quality tea leaves.
Another story regards Lord Grey, who was the British Prime minister in the 1830s. The story goes that Lord Grey was on a mission to China (which he never actually visited) and one of his men saved a Chinese mandarin from drowning in the lake. The “Earl Grey” flavoring technique was given to Lord Grey as gratitude for saving the drowning man.
Another story states that Lord Grey was given the recipe for breaking the political monopoly the East Indies Trading Company had on tea between the British and Chinese. Finally, the last story involving Lord Grey states that a visiting Chinese mandarin developed the recipe as a way of combating the lime flavored water that flowed through his stately manner.
Despite the constant inclusion of the Lord Grey in the apocryphal origin stories, the evidence suggests a different tale. Advertising from the 1850s suggest that the merchant William Grey started selling a Bergamot infused black tea, and included the titular preface “Earl” as a marketing technique.
Our Earl Grey and Lavender kratom tea is a blend of four very special herbal ingredients. Earl Grey (which is Camellia sinensis), lavender, Bergamot oil, and Super Green Malay kratom each bring their own benefits and effects. Now that we’ve covered the origin story of the Earl Grey variety of black tea, let’s quickly touch upon black tea in general.
Black tea is a processed form of the Camellia sinensis tea plant. Camellia sinensis comes from China, although as a result of British Imperialism, most C. sinensis grown today comes from India.
The leaves of the tea plant are first harvested, before they are dried, oxidized, or processed in a different manner depending on the type of tea that is being made. Black tea, found in Earl Grey, is cured through a multistep oxidation process.
Camellia sinensis leaves were first consumed as a leafy green in China some 5000 years ago. Over time the most popular way of consuming them evolved into the practice of tea brewing that we are familiar with today. Over these five millenia, the reason for consuming C. sinensis tea has been its caffeine content.
Kratom and Caffeine
Kratom is energizing in its own right. However, it is still possible to mix kratom with caffeine. When you brew and drink a kratom tea made with one or two tea bags, the effects you’ll most likely experience are going to be in the uplifting and energizing compartment.
As a result of this effect, many people resolve to using kratom tea as a caffeine replacement. The reasons for this are that many people find that caffeine consumption has negative side effects which kratom does not have. When relying on caffeine for energy throughout the day, you may experience a peak and crash effect.
You’ll be bouncing off the walls after you first drink your coffee (or Earl Grey) and the next thing you know you’ll be asleep on your desk. Other people complain that caffeine makes their hands sweat, gives them anxiety, or starts to lose its effect once they habituate its use.
Through the years, we’ve been proponents of mixing up your kratom and caffeine consumption. We like to have kratom tea one day, without any caffeine that same day. Then, the following day, we’ll drink caffeinated beverages, but not have any kratom tea. We’ll then repeat this cycle, and with this we’ll mitigate any caffeine tolerance, and therefore reduce our risk of experiencing the effects noted above!
Mixing Kratom and Caffeine
Mixing kratom and caffeine is very popular – and for good reason!. It makes for an extra strong kick when you really need to get a lot done in a day.
Because you are mixing two different plants, we like to encourage you to proceed slowly and diligently. We believe our Earl Grey Lavender kratom tea bags are the perfect place to start.
One tea bag of our Lavender Malay herbal blend contains a small serving size of both black tea and kratom. It is best to start with one tea bag, and work your way up.
Once you’ve tried this and decide that you would like to add more to your brew, try adding a bag of our raw kratom leaf tea bags to your brew.
Since we recommend that you brew your tea for 20 minutes (more on this later), you’ll be extracting most of the caffeine from the Earl Grey tea, so it will be stronger than a tea bag of comparable size brewed for only four to six minutes.
Lavender tea is iconic for promoting relaxing states of mind. The iconic purple pigmentation simply known as “lavender” leeches into your cup and emits an aroma akin to a field of flowers. This flowering herb in the mint family, known as Lavandula officinalis, is popular among herbalists and aromatherapists.
In lab rat studies, which haven’t been conducted on humans (and, therefore, shouldn’t be thought to represent the effects a human should expect) showed a decrease in anxiety. Perhaps one of the reasons that Earl Grey Lavender teas are so popular is because they have a more balanced effects profile. It’s not purely a caffeine peak.
Lavender is also a great herb to pair with kratom. In fact, we have a number of kratom herbal tea blends that include it as an ingredient. Notably, we use it in our herbal tea for sleep, Red Relaxation.
Earl Grey Lavender Malay Kratom Tea
In sum, our Lavender Earl Grey kratom tea blend is a refreshing take on a classic. Earl Grey has been a stalwart tea variety for at least 150 years now. Arguably, it is the most iconic tea mixture in the world. Our favorite take on this tea has been the Lavender Earl Grey combination. So naturally, the only thing we could do is turn it into one of our kratom herbal tea blends!
How to Brew Kratom Earl Grey Lavender Tea
There are a few different ways you can brew this special herbal blend. First, you can brew it as you would any kratom tea product.
To brew kratom tea, you will need a thermos, boiling water, and a source of acidity – we prefer lemon juice. Start your water on the boil, add your tea bags to your thermos, and add about a tablespoon worth of lemon juice to the mix. Once the water is at a rolling boil, pour into your thermos over your tea bags and lemon juice. Cap it, and let the tea steep for 20 minutes.Pour, sweeten, cool and enjoy!
There is another way to brew your kratom herbal tea blends. First, brew a regular kratom tea as described above. But at minute fifteen out of twenty, open and add your herbal tea blend tea bags. This will allow the kratom time to extract from the plain kratom tea bags, while not over brewing the herbal tea.
Overall, you don’t have to worry about overbrewing a majority of our herbal teas. However, our Lavender Malay blend is possibly the exception, as brewing it for 20 minutes may extract too many tannins for those who are sensitive. Cheers to better brewing!