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1886 Blend

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A classic blend with a dash of Victoriana.

This historical blend is inspired by the type of tea enjoyed in Victorian London when Walter Whittard opened his first shop in 1886. We've chosen the strong, rich leaves of the Indonesian Camellia assamica tea bushes, blending the whole leaves with those processed using the CTC ('crush, tear, curl') technique for a hearty, full-bodied and flavoursome brew.

CTC was first developed to speed up the process of oxidation, strengthening the colour and flavour to mask the brackish London water. Londoners soon acquired a taste for the invigorating new brew and our expertly crafted 1886 blend has a real taste of authenticity - moreish and malty, we love it with a splash of milk at breakfast.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Refreshing, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Dark, strong and designed for a dash of milk

  • Food pairing

    A good hearty breakfast

  • When to drink

    A brew for eggs and bacon

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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* * * * * Excellent but by Chris Poile on 16th October 2016

Very good tea have drunk no other for years, unfortunately can only buy online now day so whittards lose out on other sales. Also tea is much dustier since packet size was reduced from 125g to 100g.

* * * * - Teabags by Alison on 6th March 2016

I love this tea, don't drink much tea and no coffee so this is my treat but where or where has the teabag version gone??

* * * * * Great tea by Robert on 7th February 2016

Great tea but seems to be no longer available at shops or online?

* * * * * Really good by John Carter on 17th November 2015

nice and strong and plenty of variety, will order again

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The tea gardens of Java were originally planted by the Dutch in the 1700s. However, the Camellia sinensis tea cuttings smuggled from China didn’t suit the Indonesian soil and the industry had dwindled by the 19th century. When the British discovered the Camellia assamica tea plant growing wild in West Bengal, the Dutch tried their luck with new cuttings – and it proved a hit. Tea from the region has similar strength and taste to full-bodied Assam, making it perfect for breakfast blends.

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“I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so I tend to go for classic black tea blends like Earl Grey, or single origin varieties like Ceylon or Assam. Lapsang Souchong is a treat with hot cross buns.”

- Jamie, Oxford Street Store Manager
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