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Barrister's Blend

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The blend first designed for the barristers of Fleet Street.

When Walter Whittard opened his first shop on Fleet Street in 1886, it wasn't long before his bespoke blends became something of a favourite with the barristers based around the Inns of Court. His famous 'Barrister's Refresher' was designed especially for them - a high quality blend, ideally suited to a hectic lifestyle.

In the early years of the Fleet Street shop, green tea imports from China were fast being usurped by the new black teas being developed by the British in India. We've recreated the taste of the times, blending a luxuriously light, high grown Himalayan tea with the verdant freshness of a Chinese green, inspired by the bright, brisk tea sipped between long stints in court: Best enjoyed without milk, it's brilliant for busy mornings or whenever you're looking to solve a particularly knotty problem at work.

  • Tea Type

    Blended Black & Green Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Aromatic

  • Tastes like

    Aromatic, with a full body and a muscatel sweetness

  • Food pairing

    Pair with scones as an alternative to the classic afternoon tea

  • When to drink

    Ideal for busy mornings and hectic afternoons

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.

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* * * * * Barristers Blend by Gayle Force on 4th February 2016

I am new to this blend but it took my fancy by discription alone,as I imagined those days when it was first enjoyed. The parcel arrived and I could not resist opening the beautiful packet and getting that first smell of the tea. I was delighted to say the least. The tatse is pre freshness with a smoothness and delight that lingers a little. We have decided that this is our afternoon tea to delight ourselves and our friends.



Tea plantations were first introduced to India by the British in the 19th century. Britain had originally relied on China for their tea supplies, but their breakthrough came when the Scottish explorer Robert Bruce discovered tea plants growing wild in Assam. However, that didn’t stop the British from stealing Chinese tea cuttings to plant in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling, and the finest Darjeelings are still cultivated from the original China-Jat bushes. Despite its rather dubious beginnings tea is now an integral part of Indian culture, with sweet, milky chai sold on every street corner.

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