- "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot"
- - Jean-Luc Picard (various)
A special blend of tea, the Earl Grey melange was named after Charles Grey, the Second Earl Grey, who apparently received a diplomatic gift of this blend. It receives its distinctive flavor and aroma from bergamot oil, derived from a fragrant citrus fruit native to Earth's Mediterranean region.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard was renowned for his fondness of this blend. He typically ordered it hot. (TNG: "Contagion")
On tasting Earl Grey tea, Elim Garak remarked, "I'd like to get my hands on that fellow Earl Grey and tell him a thing or two about tea leaves." (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")
Lursa and B'Etor invited Picard to their home and served him Earl Grey tea as part of efforts to sway his decision as Arbiter of Succession. (TNG: "Redemption")
Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren believed that Picard's consumption of Earl Grey late at night led to insomnia, and suggested an herbal tea instead. (TNG: "Lessons")
When Fleet Admiral Alynna Nechayev visited the USS Enterprise-D in 2370, Captain Picard prepared a pot of Earl Grey tea, Bularian canapés, and watercress sandwiches for her in the observation lounge, to let her feel welcome on board the ship. (TNG: "Journey's End")
In an alternate timeline, Earl Grey was not yet programmed into the Enterprise-D's replicator system when the ship set out on its mission to Farpoint Station in 2364. (TNG: "All Good Things...")
After meeting Captain Picard, the man from whom he was cloned, Shinzon had some of the captain's favorite tea on the bridge of the Scimitar. (Star Trek Nemesis)