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With its distinct bergamot aroma and delicate taste, we all know Earl Grey as the classic British afternoon tea. If you're looking for something a little more lavish you'll love our innovative white tea variety with its elegant confetti of petals.
We've selected a fine Chinese white tea for its purity of taste, providing the perfect backdrop for more flamboyant flavours. The tea's natural sweetness makes it the perfect match for creamy Madagascan vanilla and the young leaves and buds blend beautifully with colourful rose, marigold and cornflower petals. Flavours of bergamot hint at that classic Earl Grey taste, but this is an altogether softer, sweeter style of tea - you'll find it's just the thing to jazz up teatime.
The typical taste of a classic Earl Grey might seem to be set in stone, but in fact it's always been open to experimentation. The story goes that Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, was first given the tea when he saved the life of the son of a Chinese Mandarin. When he ran out of supplies he asked for his favourite Chinese tea to be recreated by London tea blenders. The experimentation hasn't stopped since.
White Tea with Flavouring
Creamy vanilla sweetness with a hint of bergamot
Enjoy alone as a sweet treat
For an extra-extravagant afternoon tea
Add two teaspoons (around 4g) 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.
Addicted.... by Andrew Walker on 12th September 2016
I was first introduced to white tea Earl Grey when relocating to Singapore - I loved the stuff. High quality tea is very popular out here and there are many tea cafes that prove the point. However, I feel the Blend 64 from Whittard is superior to the local blend. I'm completely addicted and it works well in this humid climate - I drink it at all times of the day! Love it!
Perfect summer tea by Gosia on 25th August 2016
I tasted this tea at one of the shops and fell in love with it instantly. Bear in mind we do not drink tea with milk in Europe. I served it at my Mum's tea party and everybody was complimenting the flavour and asking for more. This is not your typical breakfast tea, and would suit more those that like flavoured green teas. The bergamot flavour is very subtle and vanilla adds just a hint of sweetness. I will be buying more.
Great Summer afternoon tea by Ana on 10th July 2016
This is not a breakfast Earl Grey option but suits warmer summer afternoons, particularly with a slice of cake. Vanilla fragrance is very prominant but since it is a white tea blend it works.
A sweet treat for afternoon tea by Phillip Isle on 15th November 2015
A sweet and subtle tea, light and floral and perfect with a slice of cake in the late afternoon.
Very disappointing by Victor Sun on 7th November 2015
Far too sweet and too much vanilla. Lost the taste of Earl Grey.
Disappointing by Adrienne Ferguson on 30th October 2015
Far too sweet! Impossible to drink with breakfast. Loose the vanilla and it could be a decent drink.!
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…
In homage to the man who gave his name to one of the world's most famous brews, we've given this tea the number 64 to mark the year of his birth, 1764.
Flavoured Herbal Infusion
Cultivated in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, herbal honeybush is a close cousin of rooibos, taking its name from the fragrance of its flowers and warm, honeycomb sweetness. We wouldn't want to gild the lily, but creamy Madagascan vanilla does add a rather delicious twistMore Details
Flavoured White Tea
Blending a base of pure white tea with creamy coconut and cocoa kernels, this white chocolate truffle of a tea should really be classed as confectionery. Blended with sweet blackberry leaves, you'd never guess it was sugar-freeMore Details
Flavoured Herbal Infusion
Feeling the blues over breakfast? This fruity herbal brew will have you right back on your feet. Our eureka moment arrived over a breakfast bowl of fresh blueberries and yogurt: the honeyed tones of creamy rooibos work wonders with the brightness of blueberries, and blue cornflower petals make for a beautiful infusion. Lovely.More Details
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