1886 Loose Tea
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This historical loose leaf 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, producing 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.
• Origin: Indonesia
• Tea type: Black
• Number of servings (using 1tsp/ 2g per cup): 100g = 50 cups
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from strong light and odours. Once opened, store in an airtight container.
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Dark, strong and designed for a dash of milk
A good hearty breakfast
It was easy to choose the number for this tea – 86, the year Walter Whittard opened the doors of his Fleet Street store over a century ago…
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Teaspoons (2 grams)
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