QI | Why Is Earl Grey Called Earl Grey?

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This clip is from QI XL Series N, Episode 4, 'Noble Rot' with Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies, Jeremy Clarkson, Jason Manford and Sara Pascoe.

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  • @ 2:25 now there is a worse government for nepotism and fraud. AKA Tory Britain post #BrexShit

  • "like Jesus?" Brilliant!

  • Fun facts on word and phrase origins. "Okay" - from Scottish "Och,Aye." "The Bees' Knees" - from Lupi Valez mispronouncing "(This is)The Business". "Raspberry" - from rhyming slang "Raspberry Tart" "Scarper" - similarly comes from "Scapa Flow." You're Welcome,Sandi!

  • So why was it called Earl Grey tea?

  • "This program isn't funny!" I cracked up as I typed that - hilarious.

    • I bet more people laugh at you than at QI.

  • Her voice is just so nasal it's difficult to listen to

  • But why is it called "Earl Grey"?

  • I stopped watching after Fry left. And after watching a bit of this...yup...still not interested.

  • Whos Earl Grey

    • It's a tea brand. Named after a Nobel man called Earl Grey. Funnily enough I am his great great great great grandson.

  • "Coffee Annan" was a good quip until "Oh, like Jesus" took all the glory :-)

  • Brilliant!

  • Shit like this is why I stopped watching the show. Christianity has a rich history, there’s SO much to make fun of but these Brits are content with the same “fake, lol” material over and over again. Brits are masters of humor but their religion jokes are so often shockingly lazy bullshit.

  • Invented by a guy named Earl and his bmain imgredient was grey hair

  • "oh, Like Jesus"..... just brilliant

  • Never thought much of Davies, but that "oh, like Jesus" quip was gold.

  • “Like Jesus” and I spilled my Earl Grey

  • Jeremy was surprisingly quite in this conversation 😅 I was expecting him to give all sorts of ridiculous guesses 😬

  • I love how this video (for me at least) is sponsored by Lipton's (the tea brand)

  • 1:38 Absolutely the best comment ever.

  • Unpopular opinon: Earl Grey is my go-to tea

    • It's mine too. But probably just because I'm biased.

    • It's one of the most popular teas in the world.. Hardly an unpopular opinion.

  • So 40 years after he died a nepotistic administration made a reform act, that did what related to the tee? Did anyone catch the answer?

    • His government ended the monopoly of the East India Company on the Chinese tea trade and he was allegedly presented with the same blend of tea that was later named after him. But the first adverts mentioning the tea by the name Earl Grey didn't appear until 40 years later. There was a tea blend before that called "Grey's Tea" but that might have just been named after a tea merchant called William Grey who may or may not have copied the blend allegedly presented to the Earl Grey.

  • Wait, they let Clarkson back on the BBC? Huh.

  • Also the abolition of slavery in 1833

    • One of the rare things of that part of my family that I can be proud of.

  • I like Earl Grey so I'm staying out of the comments section so I won't have to hear it being trashed.

  • I really liked her Oh! jumper so I looked it up to find it at $441?!

  • Where's Jo Brand?

  • I don’t mean to be thick, but I know quite a bit about Jesus, but what has Earl Grey being dead for 40 years got to do with anything? Sorry Alan, you lost me there.

    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

  • The potpourri comment is spot on. Ick. I'll stick with good old black tea or English Breakfast from time to time.

  • Why do they still have Clarkson on TV ever?

  • Please get rid of the Looonnngggg bit at the end with Sandi complaining we are still there...we wouldn;t be if you cut that bit out. We aren;t the one's wasting our time you are wasting our time.

  • Perhaps,he's a Tea Bag?

  • You had me at “like Jesus?”... 😂

  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

  • Still don’t know why it is called Earl grey. There was a law... and that’s why?

    • Advertising - sells more if it is associated with royalty. Kind of like haagen dazs sounds Danish and therefore expensively exotic, but is instead an American company that intentionally used a foreign sounding name.

  • As soon as the conversation moved to nepotism in government I thought I’d nodded off and the video had moved to talking about Donald Trump 😉

  • this was just a bunch of british people goofing off because they didnt think the cameras were running..... I had fun!

  • "Ohhhh Like Jesus"got me chuckling, but when she mentioned "like 50 shades of grey", summing about her head movement afterwards cracked me up 🤣

  • Blimey

    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

  • every time I think of chocolate hobnobs I think of bottom and the fight scene when they go camping

  • He also oversaw the Abolition of Slavery act of 1833 which was kind of important.

  • "It's like someone's melted some potpourri." As someone who loves Earl Grey, I have to agree. 😆

  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

    • Depending on the brand, the flavor can taste like artificial flavoring. Side note: Adding milk tones down the bergamot, making it more subdued.

  • Haven't watched QI for a long time. Can I ask what happened Stephen Fry?

  • Earl Grey is my least fav tea & I'd rather drink tap water!

  • No love for Duke Hot Chocolate.

  • I prefer a Lap Sang, sweetens nicely and works with milk, even cold.

  • Thumbs up if you're old enough to remember Sandy in Saturday morning kids show. No.73!!

    • No 73 3 3 3 3

  • Earl Gray is disgusting

    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

  • I like how she says, ‘and pretty sexy’ 😃

  • Sandi Tosvig, "He was probably dead 40 years, before someone came up with it." Alan David, "A bit like Jesus." Brilliant, Although we have actual independent verifiable historical evidence for Earl Grey.

  • She never misses an opportunity to remind you that she’s gay - it’s almost as if being gay is all she has 🙄

    • Meow

    • Quite obviously it isn't "all she has", and the shows previous host wasn't averse to mentioning his sexuality either.

  • Alan Davies🤣

  • I like Earl Grey so I'm staying out of the comments section so I won't have to hear it being trashed.

    • It's an excellent tea

  • The Trump administration was trying to compete for flagrant nepotistism (except without even an air of competence) >:-D

  • Rev Ian Paisley - NO POT POURRI!!!

  • When will we see the end of Sandii Toksvig, Please...

  • I agree Earl Grey tea is awful. It tastes like Yardley Lavendar soap.

  • Earl Grey - the most revolting hot drink known to mankind

  • Picard made it so.

  • Who spilled their Jeremy Clarkson into my QI

  • Tea, Assam, Hot.

  • Love this show!

  • What's good looking James may doing

  • So funny. Great clip

  • As entertaining as this clip is, it never answers the question.

  • Clarkson saying “If I had said that, I would’ve been in so much...”

    • I honestly expected Alan to fire back with "its because I'm actully funny"

  • I saw Jimmy savalle in the background be careful .

  • THAT .... That is certainly Alan's best line *ever*. Possibly the best ripposte on *any* show. Ccoming back to Sandi's 'He'd probably been dead for 40 years before anyone came up with it'. 'Oh, like Jesus'? Priceless. Just magnificent. He hides it deliberately, but he is a very sharp cookie.

  • I’m with him. Earl Grey and Lady Grey both taste like perfume to me.

  • I never pick anything, just to annoy Sandy.

  • c’mon, we all should know Roger Daltrey takes the tea before and during shows to keep his voice tip top. the hell with Jean Luc...

  • That Oh! sweatshirt is cool i want it

    • Here you go www.lyst.com/clothing/bella-freud-oh-wool-jumper-black/

  • I've never seen Clarkson so reserved. It's almost as if he was out of his depth.

    • He's just not used to being surrounded by so much wit

    • @Farweasel Oh, I know. Hence my surprise.

    • Yeah right.......... Like Clarkeson or don't he's still a very canny bloke. He might, however, have been told to keep it within a very narrow more or less PC band. His comment to Alan's 'Waht like Jesus' quip was as telling as it was funny.

  • Doesn't it mean Earl Grey also resided over the 1833 anti slavery act as well?

  • "If I'd said that, I'd be in so much... well, he probably will be." XD

  • The Grey Cup! The oldest trophy in North American professional sports. It is awarded to the champion of Canadian football (for a long time, the CFL champion, but it predates the league).

  • "No, He was probably dead for 40 years before somebody came up with it." "Oh, like Jesus." Best response ever!

  • Are we sure Bozo Johnson's government doesn't outdo Earl Grey's in terms of nepotism? SO many backhanders and 'who you know' crap, it's baffling.

  • Oh Allan... I love you so much

  • Earl Grey: Forms the most nepotistic administration that has ever been formed Donald Trump: Hold my tea

  • Earl Grey is also responsible for sending Irish Potato Famine girls to Australia, solving 2 problems at once 😉

  • Yes, Alan, I do love a cup of Jesus in the morning to start my day

    • Well, You can get special biscuits for Cheesus.

    • With your three brothers no doubt...lol

  • Well, according to my box of Twining's: "Legend has it that the _second_ Earl Grey was presented with an exquisite blend of tea by an envoy on his return from China. He liked it so much, he asked Richard Twining to recreate it for him. Richard did so and that blend would become known throughout the world as Earl Grey tea."

    • The second Earl Grey is the same Earl Grey who was Prime Minister

    • @Raven that was my point heh

    • @Neal J Roberts the legend they made up lol

    • "Legend has it"....

  • “It’s not a euphemism” 🤣🤣🤣

  • "Did they call it 50 Shades of Grey"? I imagine there would've been a lot of studying of Grey's Anatomy

  • “Oh like Jesus!” 😂🤣😂🤣 killed me lolol

  • Lady grey is twinings specific, it’s just got a little citrus in it

    • Other than the Bergamot

    • The only Lady Grey I know of got her head chopped off after nine days of lording it...

  • What's Lady Grey a euphemism for? Missed that..... 😉

    • @TheSkyWhale Or the grey bush around her lady parts.

    • probably talking about a woman named Lady Grey, given Sandi's romantic preferences

    • I don't know, but when I heard it I thought, "Isn't that a name for heroin?"

  • A later Earl Grey donated a trophy for a Canadian rugby championship; the Grey Cup is now the championship trophy of the Canadian Football League.

    • @MegaFortinbras A. I am well aware. B. The tea had nothing to do with the other Earl Grey. C. I don’t really care. Have a nice day. Maybe a cup of tea?

    • @Maki Burgess But I was speaking of two entirely different people. The tea was named after the second Earl Grey, the trophy was donated by the fourth Earl Grey, his grandson.

    • @MegaFortinbras It’s like the Dread Pirate Roberts or Dr. Who. Many different people incarnate one person.

    • That Earl Grey, who was Governor General of Canada, was the grandson of the Earl after whom the tea is named.

    • The sport slowly evolved from rugby into Canadian football. It predates the CFL, just as the Stanley cup predates the NHL.

  • This chap managed to get more of his family and friends into office than Donald Trump!

  • Clicked for tea info, discovered the end of Christianity. Who knew?

  • Earl Grey has a statue on top of big column in Newcastle, commemorating the great reform act, called Greys Monument, and the metro station under it is accordingly called Monument.

    • The steps inside seem to go on forever as there are no windows. Worth a trip up when they have open days, and I don't like heights...

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  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

    • @Eralen00 Gotta be loose leaf, I only ever drink bag tea when I'm a guest and I don't want to be rude lol.

    • I drink Earl Gray on a daily basis, and yes some of them can be pretty bad. Tea can vary widely based on the quality, just like coffee. If you get a good-quality loose-leaf version that is well-balanced, the taste and aroma can be divine. (not that it matters, but I'm an american)

    • @wunnell Random that the other person who likes it would also be an Aussie 😁 I always mix it with something more robust like one of the stronger breakfast teas or Darjeeling and I love it.

    • I generally like Earl Grey but a lot of them are a bit overdone. The tea and Bergamot flavours seem to separate to me. I have found one here in Australia that is quite mild and I have at least four cups a day.

    • It is utterly disgusting.

  • Alan Davies has one of the quickest wits that I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

    • I agree he’s quite funny, but gets annoying when he tries to dominate the joke, not always his too.

    • You obviously don't know Lee mack

  • Sunshine grey was the best but they don't make it any more. Sad face.

  • "Did they call it 50 Shades of Grey?" Well that would explain the bergamot oil

    • Sara's slight embarrassed glance away at the end. Even she was a bit embarrassed at the mental image of a parliament of bdsm old guys.

    • Sandi would have wished she'd said that!

  • Jeremy is right though, had he said that Jesus joke he'd have got so much grief the day after....

    • Well, of course. People actually like Alan therefore they're more likely to laugh along with him. They view him as a good natured person. Clarkson is highly divisive and a lot of people don't like him, so they're less likely to laugh along. I guess it's to be expected when you joke about murdered prostitutes and punch people at the slightest inconvenience. Whether it's right or wrong to do so is another argument, but the fact is, that's how humans work - they're more lenient to people they like.

    • It's a good sign of how little good will people have left for you when they are that quick to jump at your throat.

  • 50 shades of grey haha!

  • Even more nepotistic than Robert Cecil, who singlehandedly gave rise to the expression "Bob's your uncle" (meaning "you're set")?

    • @Maxime Ringeard me neither. I've never heard "Bob" as a euphemism, but it could be I guess. The wiki article for the expression only mentions the Cecil theory (as well as its chronology issue).

    • @David Gustavsson I'm not a native speaker, so I might be completely wrong, but I was taught that Bob is a colloquial name for the Devil, and that's who the expression refers to. Is that not the case ?

    • @EebstertheGreat but the expression could have been coined in the 1920s, using the (then) historical example of Bob Cecil. Or it could have been a personal expression used by an individual or a few individuals for 40 years before it was picked up at any scale. Yes, the Cecil theory is not definitively proven, but I don't think the counter arguments are as strong as the story is good.

    • Newspapers at the time did not make that joke, and although the nepotism of Robert Cecil appointing his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary of Ireland was noted, nothing like the phrase "Bob's your uncle" appears before 1924. It doesn't make sense that a famous phrase that survived well over a century would wait 40 years to show up in print, not even in the popular tabloids and magazines of the era.

    • the more you know!