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Sample the tastes and aromas from the very best producers and roasters around the world with our exclusive tea and coffee clubs.
A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
We’re all about the art of the roast – the delicate process of balancing the bean’s natural flavours, causing it to change in colour, taste...
Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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It’s been a long wait but the sun’s finally returned, and we’re making up for lost time with garden parties galore!
We’ve just had the windows spruced up in the office, so everyone’s looking longingly outside – the well-watered flowerbeds are looking wonderful and the lawn’s not too soggy for croquet... How to make the working day pass a little faster? As a bit of productive procrastination (yes, such a thing exists) we’ve had a wander round the office to collect everyone’s suggestions for games, dress code and decoration for our team summer party. Send us your own suggestions on social!
According to the office…
Top Garden Party Games
Lawn tennis or badminton
Chess or checkers
Sardines in trees
Giant snakes and ladders
Blind man’s buff
Our Garden Party Dress Code
Frock coats and neckties
At least three petticoats
Second best diamonds
A flight of fancy…
Colourful rugs and cushions
Hanging paper lanterns
A fine bone china tea set
Silk ribbon wind catchers
Scattered sugar hearts
Vases of lilies and roses
And finally, the best tea party COCKTAIL!
An 1882 summer issue of Harper’s Bazaar stated that the ideal garden party menu should include salads, cold meats, fois gras, salmon in a generic ‘green sauce’, jellies, charlotte cakes, punch and champagne. We’d say ditch the ‘green sauce’ in favour of our Lapsang salmon and swap the punch for our delicious Garden Party Oolong cocktail.
When we were first experimenting with blends for a tropical fruit oolong we discovered that a deeply roasted oolong worked best – the heady fragrance and dark cacao flavour was strong enough to support the sweetness of mango, passionfruit and papaya. The rich flavours mean that it’s also a great mixer for a cocktail, and we’ve chosen to combine with vodka and lemon. It’s based on the iced tea and lemonade mocktail which the golfer Arnold Palmer used to order at the bar – a dash of vodka should help your flamingo croquet technique.
Rules for Flamingo Croquet
“I don’t think they play at all fairly,” Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, “and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can’t hear one’s-self speak -- and they don’t seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them…”
There are plenty of other recipes to choose from, and we’d love to hear about your own tea recipe experiments. But first things first – time to sharpen the secateurs, dust off the Turkish rugs and string up the badminton net. It’s garden party season!
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