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Robert Fortune Blend

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Our homage to the adventurer who changed the course of tea drinking history…

Something of a hero in the world of tea, Robert Fortune was the James Bond of the British tea trade. Sent on a mission to smuggle Chinese tea secrets into the eager hands of the East India Company, the 19th century botanist disguised himself as a Chinese merchant to infiltrate tea gardens and trading ports, risking death in his travels to provinces barely glimpsed by Europeans. Fortune's discoveries allowed the British to establish plantations in Assam, breaking the Chinese hold on the market and changing the course of tea drinking history.

We've tracked Fortune's travels with a blend of teas from India and China, adding a delicate touch of high-grown Himalayan tea and an elegant homage of white Camellia tea flowers. You'll find the rich, fruity notes of Chinese Yunnan tea is a superb match for the varieties first cultivated by the British in northern India - all in all, it's a tea which tells a story, and a rather delicious one at that.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin

    Blended

  • Taste Profile

    Refreshing, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Rich and rounded, with an uplifting freshness

  • Food pairing

    Try drinking with scones as part of afternoon tea

  • When to drink

    As a refreshing style of afternoon tea

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* * * * - Excellent morning tea by Philip on 6th January 2016

My wife and I have switched from English breakfast to Robert Fortune blend for the early morning brew. It tastes less of tannin yet provides that wake me up boost. During the day we continue to enjoy Russian caravan which we have consumed for over 20 years.

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Blended

Ever since our founder Walter Whittard weighed out tea leaves behind his high mahogany counter, we’ve been experimenting with our own inventive blends. The Chinese were the first to try blending tea leaves with fruits and flowers and it takes time, skill and imagination to master the art. It’s all about creating the perfect balance of flavours: we blind taste at least 20 different variations before settling on the perfect recipe. Just as some musicians have perfect pitch, an expert tea blender needs to have some pretty perceptive tastebuds…

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