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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

    Blended, Indonesia

  • 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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* * * * * Heritage at its best by Mark on 21st February 2018

This fantastic tea knocks the spots off the good old English breakfast for me. It’s depth of flavours and strength is a clear winner for the best brew of the day!!

* * * * * Fabulous blend! by Charlotte on 19th February 2018

This is my favourite black tea and I’ve tried a fair few! It’s super strong with lots of flavour. You can see why it is still in store from when Whittard set up shop in 1886.

* * * * - Good, Strong Tea by Boyan Penev on 30th January 2018

I bought a package of 50 teabags when visiting a friend last autumn. and opened it a while ago. It is a good heavy black tea. Maybe not the best flavor ever (could be due to the teabags), but a solid tea nonetheless.

* * * * * Love it by Jorden on 11th November 2017

This has always been a favour of mine. This is a everyday for me. I prefer it as loose tea then as tea bags because I fill you get more favour.

* * * * * The best by Jo on 12th June 2017

This has been my favourite tea for a long time. We used to have a Whittard's store in my home town. I was absolutely gutted when it closed and I had to bulk buy it in. I was recently gobsmacked when going out to lunch in a nearby town where my sister lives. A small cafe served Whittard's tea but not just any tea it was 1886. Needless to say that this has now become my favourite too. Would definitely recommend this tea and it's traditional taste.

* * * * * The Best Find by yrr on 20th November 2016

I have sought the perfect blend for some time. My shelves are filled with packages of tea that just didn't hit the spot. This blend did it, and now there is no turning back. A full flavored tea with glimmers of spice and a malty finish. I only hope it stays in stock, it would be sad to have to start the search once again.

* * * * * Amazing by Bexhill on 4th November 2016

An incredible blend, still the best blend I have ever tasted as a tea fanatic. No wonder it has endured the test of time for a 130 years! Its a taste from a more sophisticated time, at least in terms of the art of tea.

* * * * * 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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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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