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English Rose

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“That which we call a rose by any other name…”

It was during China's Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) that tea artisans first experimented with buds and blossoms, imbuing the leaves with essential oils. Roses were among the very first flowers they tried and osmanthus, orchids and jasmine also proved popular.

We've recreated the taste of a classic 'Meigui Gongfu' rose tea by using a Chinese black tea for the base, imbued with subtle floral flavours and scattered with rose petals. The tea might be authentically Chinese, but those wonderfully aromatic notes of rose are forever England. Deliciously delicate and seductively sweet, a single sip brings to mind rolling hills, church bells and country gardens: perfect for a picnic on the village green.

  • Tea Type

    Flavoured Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Aromatic, Refreshing, Sweet

  • Tastes like

    Floral, sweet and aromatic

  • Food pairing

    Enjoy alone to best appreciate the aromatic fragrance

  • When to drink

    For an al-fresco afternoon tea

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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* * - - - Taste not as expected by Neon_Knight_ on 23rd June 2018

I thought I was buying black tea with a subtle hint of floral rose. What I got was a mouthful of overpowering perfume and sweet/sickly jack fruit.

* * * * * Grat tea by Darija Vileikienė on 14th June 2018

One of my favorite teas. You will like it if you like smell of roses.

* * * * * Delightful Aroma by Rachel Lenover on 23rd April 2018

I absolutely love this tea!! It has a nice floral flavour that is enriched by earthy undertones from the black tea. It's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. My favourite part is the aroma; the rose scent is delightful, and transports your senses straight to an English rose garden! Definitely one of my favourite blends from Whittard.

* * * * * Delightful by Yoon on 19th April 2018

It’s just so refreshing and subtle. My favorite tea!

* * - - - Different by J Gates on 18th November 2017

Fragrant and not unpleasant but I prefer more black tea alternatives like a rich rose pouching.

* * * * * Amazing by Lester Ferguson on 24th October 2017

Great smooth black tea, with a gorgeous rose scent and taste. Perfect balance

* * * * * Comforting by Helen Lear on 18th October 2017

A lovely comforting brew. I tend not like rose flavour, but my partner had this and I was tempted to try it. I use less than the recommended amount as I find it quite overpowering otherwise. I've been converted to rose!

* * * * * AMAZING by S. Enkhjin on 22nd May 2017

lovely smell, great soft taste. usually everybody tends to love it (me, my family, guests...)

* * * * - Smells Lovely by Kizzy on 4th May 2017

Smells like Turkish Delights. I've yet to try it, as i'm saving it for a special occasion. It's both a strong & a delicate scent. I was impressed to find two whole rosebuds on my mini caddy version.

* * * * * Full bodied tea with a touch of Rose by Andy Duke on 11th April 2017

A delicious black tea that awakens your senses and releases a delicious scent of roses!

* * * * * One of the best BUT it's getting pricey ! by Siti Raudzah Mohamad Kamal on 6th March 2017

I have tasted English Rose from other 2 major tea companies and I have to admit that Whittard's English Rose is my favorite. Please buy the loose tea as it retains the flavor longer for at least twice more teapots. Mum and dad also liking this tea and they bought quite a lot to take it back home. I bought it on February 2017 and then again on March 2017 and was surprised on the price hike up !

* * * * * Love it! by Lovisa on 16th February 2017

Bought this on a vacation i London and I just love it. I live in Sweden and am a bit sad that I didn't buy more. Need more of it!!!

* * * * * A perfect momentn of nostalgia by Nicola on 1st February 2017

I love how the deep notes of the black tea match the sofisticated nostalgic flavor of the rose petals; each sip is a plung in a romantic old fashioned garden.

* * * * * wonderful deep taste by diana on 30th January 2017

I became addicted to this tea. it has a deep taste and I love drinking it with taraxacum honey. it was a gift from my frirnd in London. unfortunately we don't have it in Poland

* - - - - English Rose Teabags by Cloe on 16th January 2017

I was given to smell the loose Rose tea sample at the Regent St shop, for conveniences I bought the teabags instead. Huge disappointment when I try it out at home.. It didn't give any taste of tea or rose fragrance!! I will never buy this tea again

* * * * * Craving this tea from afar by Titus on 30th September 2016

I tried this tea for the first time this summer. I now crave it! I am on my last package of it and will be entirely bereft when it is gone. There is no cost effective way to get it in Canada. Guess I'd better book my next trip overseas!

* * * * - Turkish delight by Sophie Sawbridge on 9th July 2016

This tea has a great fragrance and taste. I really enjoy drinking it on warm summer nights.

* * - - - Flavouring is too strong by Pads on 6th July 2016

I can barely taste the tea leaves and the rose petals over the flavouring. And it leaves a bad after taste in my mouth. Bit too overwhelming for me.

* * - - - It's changed! by Jane Morriss on 16th May 2016

I used to love this tea but now it is really sweet and doesn't taste of rose or black tea - just of flavouring.

* - - - - Disappointed the formula has changed :( by Ana Menini on 3rd April 2016

This used to be my favourite tea of all in Whittard and recently reordered a refill and discovered it has changed completely, but for me in a bad way, as I can't stand the fragance, it is too strong and it makes me feel sick. However, some friends tried it at home and they said they liked it, so it might not have been a bad idea for Whittard after all to change it, they might have new fans. For me, it is a disappointment not to have the old recipe available anymore and I would like to have known in advance to avoid the surprise.

* * * * * Lovely Turkish Delight Tea by Kerr on 28th March 2016

Purchased this on a whim in the shop in Glasgow after being invited to smell it. The perfect fragrance and taste of Turkish Delight. The best Rose Tea I have ever had.

* - - - - It is changed by Michael Copeland on 5th March 2016

I drank English Rose tea daily for over 10 years, it was my absolute favorite. I purchased it in large quantities 2-3x a year to save shipping. However, they recently dramatically changed this tea. I called them and they acknowledged this. No more passion fruit flavors. It is now so heavily rose-laden as to be like drinking perfume. The shipping is expensive enough not to justify sending it back from USA, but I find it undrinkable. I wish they had notified that they were changing it, or at least change the name, before I purchased.

* * * * * Love this tea by Renee-Claude Tanguay on 9th December 2015

I am very fortunate to have access to this tea in Canada. I absolutely LOVE it!! It has become my everyday morning tea. If you are looking for a full flavour black tea with a hint to flowery sent and flavour, this is it. It awakens all your senses!

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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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