The Whittard Blog

A warm welcome to the Whittard blog. Since 1886, we've been passionate about fine tea and coffee and we'd love to share our passion with you

7th July 2014 by Whittard

Iced Tease On The Move

Our new store opening isn't the only launch taking place in Canary Wharf this month. We also have an Iced Tease pop-up in Canada Square Park until the 11th, offering thirsty passersby the chance to try some new iced tea cocktails and mocktails including: Midnight Moji-Tea, Moonlit Safari, Apple, Elderflower and Vanilla Twist.

Whittard pop up

Iced tea

You'll find a cheeky twist on old favourites and some very moreish new creations, packed with fruit and flavour and showcasing just how delicious iced tea can be. 

In addition, we've added a new mobile member to the Whittard family - our shiny new bike can be spotted around Canary Wharf, offering tantalising samples, so make sure you flag it down.

Whittard Bike

Here's to lots more long, hot balmy days - cheers!

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7th July 2014 by Whittard

New Store Opens in Canary Wharf

We're delighted to now have a store in Canary Wharf   - compact and bijou, it's filled floor-to-ceiling with the finest tea, coffee and hot chocolate. 

Canary Wharf Store

Canary Wharf store

Canary Wharf store

Come take a look and tell us what you think

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10th June 2014 by Whittard

New Look for Our Portobello Store

Our Portobello store has recently re-opened following improvements, here's a sneak peak:

If you're in the area, do pop in and take a look, Kat and her team are ready and set to welcome you. 

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28th May 2014 by Whittard

First Flush Darjeeling Tea - Now In Store

Our First Flush Darjeeling teas have now arrived, truly the champagne of teas. The fresh, young buds are highly prized for their fresh, sweet and floral flavours and our buyers have selected teas from two high altitude tea gardens, which really showcase subtly different characteristics of this sublime tea. 

If you'd like to find out why these particular teas are so highly-prized and more about the tea gardens,  take a look here and if you've been waiting to get your hands on them, they are in most of our stores now and available online here Okayti First Flush  and Margaret's Hope First Flush

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29th April 2014 by Whittard

First Flush Darjeeling – Worth the Wait

Each year, waiting for the first flush to happen can be nerve-wracking…the local weather conditions have a huge impact on when the tea can be picked and it's difficult to predict when picking can begin. 

This year, 2014, there has been a dry spell in the Himalayas, and rain has been in low supply meaning that the tea plants have flushed very late.  Whilst we don’t know definite figures yet, production in March was down 20-30% and first pickings at Margaret’s Hope and Okayti have started 2 weeks later than we expected.

Despite the delay, the tea that will be produced will still be high quality as slow growth in tea plants is actually a good thing – leading to a higher level of amino acids, and a characteristic sweetness in the plants.  Providing the temperature stays low which it is at the moment, we expect to have an outstanding crop.

It's definitely going to be worth the wait ... so keep watching for news of the arrival of our 2014 First Flush. 

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